Stampede for places onTelewest 2Mb trial

Cableco mulls expansion

Telewest is considering an increase in the number of people it will take on its 2Mb broadband trial after all 1,500 places were snapped up in just a few hours.

The cableco informed its punters last night how they could sign up for the trial. Within an hour 500 people had signed up. Shortly after, the registration site was knocked over under the sheer weight of traffic.

Telewest managed to resuscitate the site late last night but by dawn this morning all 1,500 places on the trial had been filled.

A spokeswoman for the cableco told The Register: "We completely underestimated the demand for the trial."

She apologised to all those who didn't manage to sign up adding that execs were looking at increasing the number of people who could take part. It's not known when a decision on this will be made.

Telewest may be pleased with the take-up, but some customers are far from happy at last night's debacle.

Some hacked-off Telewest punters say the whole thing was a shambles while others have threatened to downgrade their service - thus spending less money with the cableco - in protest. ®

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