Tiscali UK mulls roll-out of Sat service

Trial ends, evaluation starts

Tiscali UK has decided to delay the commercial roll-out of a broadband-via-satellite service until it has finished evaluating the results of a year-long trial.

The pilot project - which involved 90 people - ended last week. At the moment the ISP is mulling over the results before pressing ahead.

ISP director Steve Horley said it could be three to six months before Tiscali UK goes ahead with the service, although this time-scale isnot set in stone.

While the trial proved successful, it seems consumers were put-off somewhat by the up-front costs (around £600) of installing a satellite broadband service.

As a result, the ISP is looking at alternative products to see if other options can be found with lower up-front costs.

That said, the service has proved a hit with home workers and small businesses with some of the trialists continuing to use the service.

Tiscali UK insists it is committed to a satellite offering because DSL coverage in the UK is not yet comprehensive. ®

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