UK cable operator NTL has slashed the price of its cable modem services, putting pressure on rival operators to follow suit.
NTL, which began cut-price trials of its cable modem services for about 1000 customers last month, announced to newsgroups yesterday that it is introducing new promotional prices for all cable modem users.
The operator said it will halve the monthly charge for its broadband service, which offers speeds of up to 512Kbps, from £40 a month to £19.99 a month. The "promotional" offer is open now to all existing NTL customers and new customers who subscribe before 31 December.
Cable modem is not yet available to former Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) customers - NTL completed its acquisition of CWC in May.
NTL will also offer a "starter" cable modem service for £9.99 a month, offering download speeds of up to 64Kbps. This will be available to cable TV customers in Surrey/Hampshire, Hertfordshire/Bedfordshire, South Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Users can either buy a cable modem for £149 or pay rental of an additional £5 a month on top of the standard monthly fee.
BT offers UK consumers a broadband package based on ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) technology with speeds of up to 500Kbps for £39.99 a month with a £150 installation fee.
Telewest's Blueyonder service offers customers speeds of 512Kbps for £33 a month with a £50 installation fee.
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