Cable companies Telewest and NTL are discussing merger plans, which could create a combined company even larger than the recently created Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) group.
According to the 'Financial Times', Telewest and NTL, formerly known as International Cabletel, are in negotiations to create an organisation with a potential subscriber list of seven million homes. CWC, which pulls together Mercury, Nynex Communications, Bell Cablemedia, and Videotron, has 5.4 million homes under franchise.
Cabletel,which pioneered the idea of offering small, basic packages of chanels to entice subscribers, bought NTL, the former transmission and engineering arm of the Independent Broadcasting Authority. Telewest offers national coverage and its shareholders include US West, Cox Communications and SBC Communications of the US.
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