UK Broadband Goes Up a Notch or 20

We have long been envious of broadband users in Japan who have access to the Yahoo’s 45Mps broadband service, but some who live in Central or West London could have the chance of getting to near to half those speeds when Bulldog DSL launch their 20Mbps service in the fourth quarter of 2004. The cost of the service is rumoured to cost around £300 per month.

This announcement comes hard on the heals of Bulldog talking about a 4Mps service for home users priced at £72.99 per month (inclusive of VAT). Richard Greco the Bulldog CEO was reported as saying he expects other areas of the UK could also be reached as the network coverage is expanded.

Prior to this announcement, the faster broadband service in the UK was from EasyNet, who currently provide a 6Mps service for £199 per month.

Speed to 5Mps are significant as they allow the transfer of broadcast quality video, held in MPEG2 video to be displayed TV resolution.

We hope this kind of announcement will embarrass BT into upping the speed of their offering, particularly as most DSL customers in the UK run at a barely acceptable 512Kbps. Frankly we are not hold out much hope.


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Fraser Lovatt

Fraser Lovatt has spent the last fifteen years working in publishing, TV and the Internet in various capacities, and believes that they will be seperate platforms for at least a while yet. His main interests at the moment are exploring where Linux is taking home entertainment and how technology is conferring technical skills on more and more people. Fraser Lovatt was born in the same year that 2001: A Space Odyssey was delighting and confusing people in the cinemas, and developed a lifelong love of technology as soon as he realised that things could be taken apart, sometimes put back together again, but mostly left in bits or made into something the original designer hadn't quite planned upon. At school he was definitely in the ZX Spectrum/Magpie/BMX camp, rather than the BBC Micro/Blue Peter/well-behaved group. This is all deeply ironic as he later went on to spend nine years working at the BBC. After a few years of working as a bookseller in Scotland, ("Back when it was actually a skilled profession" he'll tell anyone still listening), he moved to England for reasons he can't quite explain adequately to himself. After a couple of publishing jobs punctuated by sporadic bursts of travelling and photography came the aforementioned nine years at the BBC where he specialised in internet technologies and video. These days his primary interests are Java, Linux, videogames and pies - and if they're not candidates for convergence, then what is?