British Telecommunications yesterday announced plans to in July begin offering broadband Internet services aimed at home and small business users in the UK.
The high-speed Internet service, to be offered under the company's BTopenworld brand, will be based on ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) technology. Pricing for basic services will begin at £39.99) per month, BT said in a statement. Installation will run £150.
Initially, the broadband service will offer data transmission speeds up to 512K bits per second (bps) with plans for upgrades to 1Mbps or 2Mbps in the third quarter, BT said.
As part of the broadband push, BT has also signed partnership agreements with Apple, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Intel to make available to the UK mass market broadband-ready PCs with BTopenworld preinstalled, BT said.