Internet access in the UK is being held up by the US cable companies, most of which still fail to offer cable modem access here.
Speeds of 14Mbps are available from US cable modem manufacturers now and offered to millions of homes and businesses there but there is a lack of support here in the UK.
Ian Hood, director of public affairs at cable operator Telewest UK, admitted that systems were not yet ready because of a lack of resources.
He said: ?We don?t intend to launch a service until technical, operational and human resources are sorted out. We don?t have an end date for when they?ll be ready. Cable modems are not a core product for us, TV and telephone lines are.?
He admitted that none of the cable companies, including Videotron, Cablewest and the others, have yet launched a cable service here.
?We think they [cable modems] are a fantastic bit of equipment but we?ll only launch a service when we?re ready to do so,? Hood said. Although there are something like eight million households in the UK to date which have had fast fibre laid, fast access to the Internet remains a pipe dream.
That is despite BT?s aim to make ISDN 2 - a service many times slower than cable modems - the standard in every home in the UK, according to John Hamburger, corporate communications director at US modem vendor Terayon.
He said yesterday: ?In the US there?s a very strong cable infrastructure. But the cable operators here are just scratching the surface.?
He said his company?s product offered 14Mbps access to the Internet but in the US it was limited by lack of fibre optic wires.
?In the US, only between 10 and 15 per cent has been upgraded,? he said. That differed from the situation in most of Europe. He said that the Netherlands was leading the European field in installing cable modems. Neither he nor Hood were able to explain why US cable companies operating in the UK were unable to deliver a cable modem solution now.
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