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
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.