Cable firm Telewest launched its 2Mbps home broadband internet service today after a month-long trial.
The firm signed up 1,500 of its 1Mbps users for a pilot phase last month to evaluate interest, but admitted that it didn't expect the service to be snapped up by its mainstream customers.
Telewest said that over 30,000 of its 310,000 broadband customers had migrated from a 512Kbps to a 1Mbps service, and that feedback from the trial suggested that offering the 2Mbps service will prove viable.
"During the 1Mbps trial and then the 2Mbps trial we have seen that there is a need for speed," said a Telewest spokeswoman.
"But the 2Mbps service is aimed more at heavy users, such as gamers or people who work from home and could need faster services."
The 2Mbps service will cost £50 per month if users have one or more of Telewest's other services, such as digital TV or telephone. Otherwise it will cost £54.99 per month.
Telewest explained that its current broadband customers can upgrade to the new service at its blueyonder website for no extra cost.
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