UK cable company Telewest will tomorrow reveal details of its high speed Internet plans, including partnerships with Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard.
As reported last month by VNU Newswire, Telewest will launch a cable modem service in the first quarter of next year. It will let users access the Internet via their PCs at speeds up to 100 times faster than today's modems. (see Newswire 9 July 1999)
Microsoft's MSN Web site will be the default portal for the service and Hewlett-Packard is providing technical consulting for the roll out of the service, according to sources.
The launch of Telewest's cable modem service is likely to coincide with and compete with full roll out of BT's new high speed data service - based on asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) technology - announced last week.
Microsoft has got the market covered. In addition to the Telewest deal (it owns 29 per cent of Telewest), it is in discussions with BT about being a service provider for its ADSL service.
Microsoft is also an investor in NTL, which recently agreed to buy Cable & Wireless Communications. NTL began rolling out its cable modem service earlier this year.
As the UK becomes equipped with broadband pipes to the home, the emphasis is likely to swing to content, rather than access. Television companies, travel companies and video providers are already queuing up to push video, software and other content to consumers.
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