Telewest completes broadband bandwidth upgrade early
Telewest has now completed the bandwidth upgrade programme it announced in mid-November, in around half the expected time. This now means that users of its fastest blueyonder service will be able to download at up to 4 Mbps with lower services available at 2Mbps, 1Mbps and the low bandwidth entry-level 256 Kbps service remaining at its previous speed.
The speeds being offered by cable companies give them a competitive advantage over the services offered by BT Wholesale through its resellers/ISPs which puts NTL & Telewest into a very advantageous position both over BT, and to a lesser extent LLU operators whose networks and exchanges don't quite match the scale of the cable companies. This goes some way to catch up on the missed opportunity these companies had to dominate the market before ADSL rollout started. [seb]