The @Home Network is to bring its Internet service to the UK, in a move which the US high-speed connection provider claims will ?revolutionise? the way the Net is used in Britain. @Home, which delivers the Internet to 100,000 homes in the US through the cable TV network, will market its Internet services through ComTel, a UK cable TV company with a network encompassing 1 million homes in the south-east and midlands. Tom Jermoluk, chairman and CEO of @Home, said the deal will ?revolutionise? the way British consumers view and use the Internet. ?It will be revolutionary in terms of speed of access and content,? said Alexander Zwissler, director of business development at ComTel. ?The @Home cable network will be up to 100 times faster than existing dial-up systems and 15 times faster than ISDN.? "And what is really key is that multi media content is stored locally at regional data centres, providing even faster access,"he said. Zwissler said the company was in negotiations regarding content, but added they were looking primarily at news video on demand, software downloading and cd-quality audio services. Though the service will initially be PC-based, the company will adopt a ?wait and see? attitude to extending the service to Web TV. Zwissler said the company was presently looking at how to package the service with its existing cable services, and anticipated it would cost #30-#40 per month. The launch date is expected to be in the first quarter of 1999.
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