Broadband service provider Bulldog Communications today switched on its 4Mbps Symmetric DSL (SDSL) service covering a number of major British cities.
The broadband service, priced from £100.41 a month with a £495 connection fee, is available in cities including London, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Sterling, through Bulldog's local loop unbundled network.
Bulldog plans to increase coverage over the next 12 months, particularly to the south east.
The SDSL service has a 5:1 contention ratio and runs at speeds of up to 4Mbps, compared with BT's SDSL service which currently offers 2Mbps with a 10:1 contention rate.
Broadband competitors EasyNet and Star Internet also offer 2Mbps SDSL.
A leased line IP service, based on SDSL technology but with a 1:1 contention ratio, is also on offer from Bulldog.
This package is priced at £162.50 a month, with a £1,595 installation fee. It includes a service-level agreement offering 24x7 fault reporting, a four-hour business response time, and managed installation for bundled Cisco router and firewall kit.
The firm sells a range of business services such as secure virtual private networks, web and email hosting.
Michael Philpott, broadband analyst at Ovum, commented that Bulldog's higher SDSL speed of 4Mbps would be attractive to larger enterprises and government organisations.
He added that Bulldog has a more flexible service than BT because it offers a range of contention rates down to 1:1, whereas BT's ratio is fixed.
In Norway, SDSL has reached 9.6Mbps by bonding pairs of SDSL lines, and the UK is likely to follow this trend, said Philpott.
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