NTL offers cheapest home broadband
1 April 2005 | 0
Cable operator NTL is now offering the cheapest high-speed Internet service to consumers in the country. For €25 per month, home users will be able to access a broadband Internet service with download speeds of 300Kbit/sec and slower upload speeds of 64Kbit/sec. Unlike the Internet services of the DSL providers, there is no monthly download cap and users do not pay for the installation of the modem or for the service set up.
The contention ration of 17:1 is also considerably less that than that provided by the DSL operators, which is set at 48:1 for the starter service. The contention ratio determines how many other users you have to share the bandwidth with — the more users logged on simultaneously, the slower the service. NTL’s service is being extended from small pockets of its Dublin cable franchise to the rest of its franchises around the country, covering Dublin, Galway and Waterford. This represents an investment of €100,000,000, according to NTL.
Currently, the company has 3,900 home broadband subscribers but the company says that over 28,000 homes have been enabled to receive broadband. Anna-Maria Barry, PR manager for NTL, says that NTL hopes to have over 100,000 enabled homes for cable
broadband services by the end of 2004.
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