Compuserve is to make its online service more attractive to European subscribers by offering them local dial-up access.
Members in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium will be able to dial into their Compuserve service locally via Internet service provider UUnet, gaining a cleaner, faster connection.
The same service for the UK is currently being beta tested and will be available with the new client software, Compuserve 2000, early next year.
Since Compuserve was bought by America Online earlier this year it has embarked on a strategy to improve its ailing service. Compuserve 2000 was announced last month, promising a "new and improved" service aimed at the "discerning consumer" (see Newswire 22 October).
Now the three-year deal with UUnet will give its upgraded service a much needed kickstart.
?The market is moving fast and we want to be seen as moving with it,? said Jennifer Wong, spokesperson for Compuserve UK.
?There will be a decrease in telecommunication costs whilst members are online and an improvement in service levels,? said Konrad Hilbers, executive vice president of Compuserve Europe. ?The signing of this deal has made sure that there will be sufficient network capacity for the projected growth path of Compuserve Europe. This will reinforce Compuserve?s position as the affordable and modern information and communication tool for the discerning consumer.?
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