Feeds

NTL to offer wholesale broadband

Freeserve is early adopter

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

NTL customers could soon be able to chose between different broadband ISPs, following a wholesale deal with Freeserve.

This is the first time that a broadband cable network operator and UK ISP have worked together in this way.

The agreement means that Freeserve can offer a 512kbps broadband cable modem service to around six million household in NTL's cable areas.

As part of the deals it looks like punters will take NTL Home's telephony service and will also have the opportunity to subscribe to its digital cable TV service.

NTL's decision to open up its cable network to rival ISPs could lead to a rush of operators keen to gain access to the cableco's customers.

For now, the UK's biggest ISP, Freeserve, is looking ahead to the autumn when it plans to offer a broadband service to NTL customers.

The price of Freeserve Broadband has yet to be determined although in a statement the ISP said, rather vaguely, that it would be "competitive with other products in the marketplace".

NTL declined to reveal the wholesale cost of the service.

Freeserve - which calls itself "platform agnostic" - is also likely to be keen to strike a similar deal with the UK's second biggest cable operator Telewest.

In a statement John Pluthero, chief exec of Freeserve, said: "This agreement gives Freeserve unrivalled options for the distribution and availability of Freeserve Broadband, complementing what we already have in place for DSL.

"Consumers in NTL's broadband cable franchises are now free to choose Freeserve Broadband as part of bundles with cable telephony and TV packages.

"Plus, we now have a way of capturing existing Freeserve customers in NTL broadband areas with our own fast-speed cable offer."

Separately, Freeserve is launching a multi-million pound marketing campaign to drive take-up of its DSL broadband service. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS
AppleSIM 'ware to allow quick switch of carriers
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Brits: Google, can you scrape 60k pages from web, pleeease
Hey, c'mon Choc Factory, it's our 'right to be forgotten'
Of COURSE Stephen Elop's to blame for Nokia woes, says author
'Google did have some unique propositions for Nokia'
It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE
By 'eck! Eccles cake production thrown into jeopardy
Mobile coverage on trains really is pants
You thought it was just *insert your provider here*, but now we have numbers
Don't mess with Texas ('cos it's getting Google Fiber and you're not)
A bit late, but company says 1Gbps Austin network almost ready to compete with AT&T
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.