Freeserve Trial to Offer ADSL 'Net Access

Freeserve PLC announced yesterday that it will begin a trial offering high-speed Internet access to U.K. users from November.

The ISP (Internet service provider) beginning Nov. 22 will offer high-speed 'Net access using British Telecommunications PLC's ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) platform, Freeserve said in a statement.

ADSL technology allows high-bandwidth data transfer, including Internet access, over ordinary copper telephone wires already in place in homes and businesses. It is asymmetric because the speed of the usually large amounts of incoming data to the user travel faster than the typically smaller amounts of outbound information. ADSL also allows simultaneous use of the telephone on the same line for voice or other applications.

Freeserve will use the technology to offer constant connections at fixed prices, eliminating metered call charges and the need to dial up, the company said.

Pricing details have not been announced, but BT previously announced a plan to charge service providers between 40 pounds (US$65) and 150 pounds per month for each user they wish to connect.

Freeserve can be reached on the Web at http://www.freeserve.co.uk/.

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