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UK ADSL Dominates Cable Broadband

Posted: 15th Mar, 2004 By: MarkJ
It was inevitable that broadband ADSL services, which are far easier to install (based on existing nationwide hardware), would dominate their cable modem based rivals. Recent installation statistics appear to confirm this:

Some three-quarters of new broadband orders placed in the last three months of 2003 were won by an Internet service provider reselling BT's wholesale ADSL products. This compares to around 15% of customers that chose NTL and less than 9% that chose Telewest over the same period, according to the respective companies' financial statements.

BT's success is a dramatic reversal from the situation in the UK just a few years ago, when the cable companies were setting the pace and BT was the one lagging behind.

According to Duncan Ingram, managing director of BT Openworld, BT is now the driving force in Broadband Britain. "Cable companies may be beginning to suffer. A while ago, they were by far the major broadband providers, but now BT is filling that role with DSL," Ingram told ZDNet UK last week, as BT unveiled its consumer broadband strategy for the next few years.


Having said all that, UK cable operators are still among the strongest in Europe. More @ ZDNet.
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