Feeds

NTL to trump BT in March assault

Broadband competition

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Business security measures using SSL

NTL is to launch an all-out assault on BT, in an aggressive marketing campaign against rival broadband providers.

From mid March, NTL intends to "match or beat ALL BT Broadband products on price, speed and usage allowance", according to a leaked memo posted on the NTL:HELL forums.

The UK's largest cableco - which has three million residential punters and more than a million broadband users - intends to offer free email, security and personal webspace as standard.

NTL will also up the speed of its broadband services. From mid-March all new customers will be offered the three new speeds. Current 750k and 1.5Mb customers will be automatically upgraded to the new 2Mb and 3Mb tiers of service at no extra cost.

NTL's 1Mb service - which comes with a 3 gig monthly usage allowance - costs £17.99 a month.

The 2Mb service costs £24.99 while the 3Mb service is priced at £37.99. Both come with a 1 gig a day usage allowance, although the cableco will not be checking usage allowances "until later this year", reveals the memo.

NTL will promote the upgrades to new punters, but it will be up to existing customers to approach the cableco to get the upgrades at "no extra cost".

Details of this increased competition in the UK's retail broadband sector comes just a week after BT announced plans to increase the speed of its DSL service to 2Mb at no extra cost for all but its entry-level package. ®

Related stories

BT in 2Mb broadband giveaway
BT 2 meg punters hacked off
Browser holes, hackers and rampaging botnets
Telewest, NTL unveil VoD services

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills
BT and Co: Independence vote likely to mean 'increased costs'
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars
Symbian's David Wood bares all. Not for the faint hearted
Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets
... into submission. Weve squeals, ditches payment plans
This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...
Who us, dodgy? Vast majority of mobile apps fail privacy test
Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts
After Applelocalypse, other wristputers will get stuck in
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
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?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.