Student digs get wired for broadband
Unite Group, Britain's largest provider of accommodation for students, has joined forces with telecoms firm BT to deliver an affordable, high-speed broadband Internet service to more than 15,000 students.
Available from September, the uBroadband service will replace the existing dial-up service and will provide its younger customer base with Internet access at a cost of £5 per week.
Freeing up valuable funds for a few extra pints at the student union bar, this works out slightly cheaper than getting a standard BT broadband package.
A spokesperson for Unite explained that another factor is convenience, as students will be spared the bother of having to choose a supplier and organise the installation of the connection themselves.
Broadband has been booming in Britain for around two years now, with take-up running at approximately 40,000 new connections per week.
Many of today's students will have grown used to having a high-speed connection at home or at school and so Unite is confident that there will be strong demand for its service.
Unite Chief Executive, Nicholas Porter said: "Our research shows that some 70 per cent of our customers want a value for money high-speed broadband service available in their rooms, and this is just what we've set out to do, with BT as the ideal partner."
Based on solutions from Cisco Systems, BT will offer subscribers an always-on, up to 512kbps broadband service with no set-up fees. However, as yet, details of the service remain patchy. It’s not yet known if uBroadband has a usage cap or if students have to supply their own connection kit.
Sources: ISP Review, Net Imperative, Reuters, Revolution Magazine, The Register, Yahoo News
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