Opal, the business brand of the Carphone Warehouse, announced a new business broadband service today that will be available for £10 per month giving speeds of up to 24meg and offering a network priority over, one would assume, the residential users. Opal claim this puts them in at 58% cheaper than BT.
Unsatisfied with this, BT Business have announced that it has reduced the cost of its business broadband packages to help keep them competitive. BT Business Total Broadband Option 3 has dropped in price by 35% from £40.50 to £30 per month and includes a mobile broadband connection at no extra charge. Option 2 has also been reduced from £26.99 to £25 whilst Option 1 falls from £19.79 to £15 per month. The BT services are based on an 8meg ADSL product still and prices are based on a 24-month contract.
"Businesses need more than just broadband access; they need a complete service to drive competitive edge. What's the point in buying a steering wheel when you need the rest of the car too? BT Business hasn't just introduced massive savings for small businesses across our broadband packages; at the same time we're giving them more at less cost to ensure they can weather the economic storm."Bill Murphy, (Managing Director) BT Business
Whilst this isn't comparing like-for-like as BT bundles various features such as a VoIP phone line and BT Openzone access with its broadband, it's good to see some competition brewing in the small-business market.