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UK Online shifts focus to small business
Thursday 10 May 2007 15:50:18 by Sebastien Lahtinen

UK Online (www.ukonline.net), one of the brands within the BSkyB/Easynet group has today announced a shift from consumer to a 'dedicated micro business provider' targeting the small business market. Since the purchase of the Easynet group by BSkyB, the Sky Broadband service aimed at consumers has taken the country by storm, challenging companies such as Virgin Media for the triple-play television-broadband-internet market.

With Easynet being an established business focussed provider, this has given UK Online the ideal opportunity to become a specialist in the small business market.

"Small businesses are currently choosing from either low priced consumer services or high priced business packages designed for the larger SME. They are desperate for a well supported but reasonably priced professional broadband service from someone that understands their unique needs.

Chris Stening (Managing Director), UK Online

As part of this change, UK Online launched a new broadband service from £19.99+VAT per month for those in supported BSkyB LLU areas covering 61% of the country. Those outside the LLU area are able to receive a similar service for £29.99+VAT. This will include 24x7 freephone support and offers an 'up to 8 meg' experience (with upload speeds of 448-768 Kbps depending on LLU availability). It also includes a free domain, and e-mail and security software from McAfee. An activation fee of £25+VAT applies.

Existing UK Online residential customers will not be affected by this decision and will continue to be able to receive the services they are subscribed to.

Comments

Posted by keith_thfc over 10 years ago
Sad to see one of the original genuine unlimited LLU providers pulling out of the home user market.

Looks like its just be* and Bulldog left now.....
Posted by CARPETBURN over 10 years ago
The way i read it they have not pulled out of the home user market at all "Existing UK Online residential customers will not be affected by this decision and will continue to be able to receive the services they are subscribed to."
Also home users can still sign up if they want to a home regular home service, the way i read tis is they have just decided to tweak a service and are now able to offer business users a service also, something that has been wanted from UKonline for a while, good move i say :)
Posted by keith_thfc over 10 years ago
Check their homepage (http://www.ukonline.net) and you'll see they're now only advertising for business users.

And it looks like its only up to 8 meg which suggests they are not using LLU ADSL+2 for this.

Sure home users will still be serviced but Bulldog did that and then got shot of them to Pipex a few months later.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 10 years ago
^^^ Oppps sombody forgot to click around a bit on the new layout......... *COUGH*

http://www.ukonline.net/home/

;)
Posted by keith_thfc over 10 years ago
I clicked on ukonline.net and couldn't see any link to the home user service.

Where did you see it?
Posted by CARPETBURN over 10 years ago
Go to http://www.ukonline.net/
Look on the left theres a huge 3inch x 3inch blue box with what can best be described as a picture of some silly cow trying to do kung-fu, and the words HOME BROADBAND UPTO 22Mb emblazed across it lol .... click on that........ not that secret really hehe ;)
Posted by keith_thfc over 10 years ago
Nope - I don't see this.

Either in IE7 or Opera, on 2 machines (home and work).

How odd.

Below is the page I see when I type in ukonline.net (or alternatively click the primary link from a google search).

http://www.ukonline.net/?sso_auth=0

Posted by uniquename over 10 years ago
Bottom left of the page (link) that you posted. IE7.

And she can kung me any time!

But home > 22MB, business only to "Up to 8Mb"
Posted by CARPETBURN over 10 years ago
LOL yep on that page to the left i see this picture http://www.ukonline.net/images/banner_home.gif
Goto the main site you mentioed and click on that picture, that then takes you to the http://www.ukonline.net/home/ link i gave earlier.
It may be because you have javascript disabled that you dont see it... I know the ukonline site for some parts relies upon javascript.
Posted by keith_thfc over 10 years ago
Aha.....I disabled my Kaspersky Internet Security on my home PC and now I can see it.

Bit worrying how it didn't appear at work or on my home PC by default so the banner must be something a few security suites block.

They really do need to have a separate link section rather than a banner otherwise I'm sure others will miss it.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 10 years ago
I imagine once they have flogged the new business package for a month or a few the homepage will become a more integrated affair similar to the http://www.ukonline.net/home/ link which has both services on it :)
Glad you final found the issue you was having with viewing it :)
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