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Telewest Cuts Corporate Internet Access Costs

The UK's largest broadband cable operator, Telewest Communications has dramatically cut the cost of Internet access for small and medium sized businesses.

During November it is offering business customers 128kb leased lines at £2,995 ($5,000), a saving of nearly £7,000 ($11,600), plus a year's free rental.

At the same time, Telewest is offering 2mb leased lines for £19,995 ($33,000) rental per year, a saving of almost £9,000 ($14,900).

As part of the deal, Telewest is providing a free Bay Networks router, and 10Mb of free Web space. Also included is free 24-hour technical support.

"This is an aggressive promotion designed to help smaller companies get more from the Internet," said Mark Lower, director of business development for Telewest Business Communications.

"The promotion forms part of our strategy to provide our existing and new SME customers better access to the Internet and to help develop their e-business potential. We don't believe our competitors can match this deal."

Telewest Communications has two divisions, serving business and residential customers. Although it has a respectable total of 45,000 business customers, these are far outnumbered by the 1.4 million UK households to which it delivers multi-channel television, telephone and Internet services.

The current offer to business customers is set to end November 30, 1999.