BT's ADSL ready to roll


BT's ADSL ready to roll

Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas

BT is to finally roll out its ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) high-speed Internet access offering from September, after stalling since the spring because of technical problems.

The BT ADSL service will be sold through BTOpenworld and also re-badged and sold by companies including Internet service provider (ISP) Freeserve.

The consumer roll-out, which will be used by firms wanting to link up their teleworkers to a higher-speed service than ISDN, will also have a knock-on effect for BT's business ADSL service.

Just a few hundred companies have so far been linked to the business service, which can offer a shared ADSL line to multiple users in an enterprise. Although officially available from BT, Freeserve and other ISPs like Easynet since July, most companies wanting it have been put on a waiting list.

Easynet, which is only selling to the business market, can offer ADSL speeds of 500kbps, 1mbps, and 2mbps. The 500kbps speed costs £79 for 13 users. Freeserve's offering costs £100 for up to 20 users while BT charges £99 for four users.

Freeserve said it was relying on BT to complete installations and customers would be up and running within three weeks. BT said connecting its own customers could take anything from five days to two or three months, depending on the take-up.

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