BT Details Broadband Services Launch Plan

LONDON (04/26/2000) - British Telecommunications PLC (BT) today announced plans to in July begin offering broadband Internet services aimed at home and small business users in the U.K.

The high-speed Internet service, to be offered under the company's BTopenworld brand, will be based on ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) technology.

Pricing for basic services will begin at 39.99 pounds (US$63.25) per month, BT said in a statement. Installation will run 150 pounds.

Initially, the broadband service will offer data transmission speeds up to 512K bits per second (bps) with plans for upgrades to 1M bps or 2M bps in the third quarter, BT said.

As part of the broadband push, BT has also signed partnership agreements with Apple Computer Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp. and Intel Corp. to make available to the U.K. mass market broadband-ready PCs with BTopenworld preinstalled, BT said.

BT, in London, can be reached at +44-20-7356-5000, or via the Web at http://www.bt.com/.

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