Feeds

NTL to supercharge broadband speed

What a surprise

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Boost IT visibility and business value

NTL is to boost the speed of its broadband service at no extra cost - mimicking a similar announcement made by Telewest earlier today.

NTL's entry-level 150K service is upgrading to 300k although the price will remain £17.99 a month. The 600K service is to increase to 750K (£24.99) while its 1MB service ramps up to 1.5MB (£37.99).

NTL's gear-shift will take place in the summer, a little later than Telewest, which upgrades in May.

A spokesman for NTL said the announcement to double the speed of broadband services - on the same day that Telewest announced the same plan - was "pure coincidence".

However, The Register understands that NTL knew in advance of Telewest's plans and decided to bring forward its announcement. The UK's two cablecos work fairly closely together, in preparation for the day that they eventually merge. Telewest has a couple of billion dollars in debt refinancing to get out of the way, first, though, before any meaningful talks can get underway.

Chad Raube, director of Internet services at Telewest Broadband, said: "These are independent initiatives and we were unaware that NTL had plans to announce similar broadband changes today. This is good news for cable customers and it goes to show the capability of our networks.

"Speeding up our blueyonder services has always been part of our long-term strategy and our customers are now set to benefit from faster speeds, at prices that are still lower than the majority of major ADSL providers." ®

Related stories

Telewest boosts broadband speeds
NTL confirms price hike
Telewest dubs broadband most successful product

Seven Steps to Software Security

More from The Register

next story
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them
It's almost as though pr0n was actually rather popular
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Google Nest, ARM, Samsung pull out Thread to strangle ZigBee
But there's a flaw in Google's IP-based IoT system
US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe
FreedomPop touts 'free' calls, texts and data
'Two-speed internet' storm turns FCC.gov into zero-speed website
Deadline for comments on net neutrality shake-up extended to Friday
Oh girl, you jus' didn't: Level 3 slaps Verizon in Netflix throttle blowup
Just hook us up to more 10Gbps ports, backbone biz yells in tit-for-tat spat
Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN
Exec finds stream speed climbs when smuggled out
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.