@Home Signs UK Distribution Deal
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Terms of the agreement call for @Home Network to launch its high-speed Internet service in the UK to about 1 million residences that are outfitted with two-way hybrid fiber coaxial cable.
ComTel will be responsible for marketing the cable service to its franchise locations, including the high-tech Thames Valley hub, described as the UK's version of Silicon Valley.
Redwood, CA-based @Home said it will incorporate proprietary technology and operating systems to offer ComTel customers "always-on" Internet connectivity, in addition to specialized British and European broadband content. Other featured applications will include video on demand, CD-quality audio, games, and software downloads.
"With increasing consumer demand, advanced cable infrastructure and usage based telephone charges for dial-up access, the UK is a tremendous market for high-speed cable Internet services," said Tom Jermoluk, chairman and CEO of @Home Network, in a statement. "As a pioneering provider of high-speed consumer cable Internet services in the UK, ComTel is leading what will become a revolution in the way British customers view and use the Internet."
Today's deal follows a joint venture formed by @Home in April with Dutch cable operators CasTel and Palet Kabelcom to launch @Home Netherlands.