BT firms MSN broadband alliance

Never mind the quality, feel the width

BT and Microsoft are on close to announcing their latest venture together to bring broadband access and content to the UK.

One half of the equation will be BT's frill-less, access-only product, BT Broadband, while Microsoft is expected to bring its MSN 8 content service to the table. According to the Sunday Times the deal will be backed by a multi-million pound advertising deal.

The announcement, which could come as early as today, should also confirm the key point of this alliance - price.

It's understood MSN 8 could cost punters more than £5 a month. On top of the £27 a month subscription currently being charged for BT broadband, it would surely make such an offer top-heavy for price.

Then again, it's possible there could be some discount for those who take-up both packages.

Last month The Register reported that MSN 8 would be launched in the UK as a content-only service and cost around £5 a month, although it's now understood that could be at the lower end of the price range.

Three weeks ago BT and Microsoft formally announced a strategic alliance to bring "dynamic broadband applications" to home and business users. ®

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