BT is offering shared access to its BTnet Internet service at half the price of paying for one customer per port. Three companies can share a port running at speeds between 1024Kbps and 2048Kbps - access that was previously available individually.
Janet Haines, marketing manager for BTnet, said customer usage would be monitored to ensure all three shared subscribers are able to gain access on an equal basis. She said: ?We would monitor our backbone all the time with warning bells sounding if we reach a certain capacity level. This would tell us we need to order the next chunk of bandwidth. We would ensure our lead time to do this is less than the time it takes to get extra capacity.?
The service starts from #28,000 annual rental for nationwide access, plus a one-off connection fee of #1,399.
BTnet has been available since 1994 but had not been actively marketed by BT. Haines was recruited to her role at the begining of the year with the goal of increasing BT?s share of the UK corporate Internet market to 20 per cent.
BT is also expected to make a big push behind its Internet strategy at next week?s Windows show in London.
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