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.
According to @Home, 1.2 million British homes are currently connected to
the Internet and a 40% yearly growth rate is expected.
“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.