America Online UK is rolling out broadband internet across NTL Group's cable network.
AOL claimed it was the only broadband service provider to offer high-speed access from both BT and via NTL's cable network. The ISP already had a contract with NTL for its dial-up service.
"We're confident we can pick up a large number of subscribers who didn't have access to broadband service from BT and didn't think they could get it from NTL," said AOL UK spokesman Jonathan Lambeth.
he said AOL has been dissatisfied with the slow rollout of BT's network upgrades, saying that consumer take-up of broadband would benefit from greater availability.
Meanwhile, BT has lowered the number of registrations needed before it upgrades an exchange, as a result of new technologies which make the upgrades cheaper.
Scarlet Pruitt writes for IDG News Service