Wanadoo Launch Cheap 1 Megabit Service

Wanadoo have have cut the cost of their 1 megabit Broadband service to UK£17.99 (€26.76). This compares rather favourably with the 512k service from BT that costs around UK£29.99 (€44.61).

This new phase in the broadband price war is sure to provoke a rapid response form BT, who will most likely double bandwidth and cut subscription costs – though they will find it hard to match Wanadoo’s offering.

However, the service is capped at 2 gigabytes per month – a move that ISPs are resorting to more commonly. Wanadoo will provide wireless kit for home use for an additional UK£79 (€117).

Pricing like this is a brave move from Wanadoo, as they are currently appealing against a €10.3 million fine (UK£6.9) levied on them last year for predatory pricing.

Price cuts and competition between BT, Wanadoo, NTL and Bulldog have brought Britain forward to one of the fastest growing broadband markets in Europe.

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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?