BT to trial home Internet service

BT is to test-market Home Highway, a digital communications service which it claims will transform a standard residential phone line into a high-speed Internet and multimedia connection.

BT is to test-market Home Highway, a digital communications service

which it claims will transform a standard residential phone line into a

high-speed Internet and multimedia connection.



The trial, starting early next year and running until spring 1998, will

involve around 300 households in the Midlands. BT will use

digital-access technology to offer customers a combination of analogue

and digital connections, enabling a household to surf the Net and make

telephone calls at the same time on a single line.



BT claims Home Highway will provide faster Net access than conventional

analogue phone lines and modems. It will allow the viewing of goods on

the Internet using the digital data channels while ordering on the spare

telephone channel.



Rupert Gavin, managing director of BT’s consumer division, said: ’We’re

still working on the functionality and the packaging, and will be

testing pricing during the trial.’



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