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Vive La France

Rob

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#1
This will make you weep, so sit down and grab a hanky. I have just read this about the French Internet provider "Free".
For £20 a month you get 5Mbps broadband, that's 10-times the speed of British "full-speed" broadband.
You also get a phone line thrown-in plus unlimited local & national calls.
Also the Freebox delivers 60 television channels, plus another 40 are available
for an additional monthly fee, some for as little as 10p.
We must be bloody idiots this side of the channel. 'O'-red
 

gameboy

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#2
Rob said:
We must be bloody idiots this side of the channel.
I seem to remember that Germany have been installing ISDN line as standard for a number of years.

Maybe they they're all T1 connections now - sure someone will correct me?

VOIP here we come....
 

Rob

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#3
The system in France is called (LLU) Local Loop Unbundling, and it means a company putting it's own kit in BT's phone exchanges, using BT's copper wires to your house and acting as a rival phone company to BT.
It's not new, in fact it's four years since LLU was given the go-ahead, but only a few of ISPs have taken the plunge.
One of these is Bulldog Communications, which last month launched a deal combining high-speed (4Mbps) net access and unlimited UK phone calls.
Unfortunately it cost's £52 a month and you have to live near an "unbundled" phone exchange in London, but it's a start, I suppose.
But it won't be long before the rest follow and break free from BT's shackles. :-band
 

Rob

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#4
Looks like things are slowly beginning to move as "Bulldog" has started, for new customers only, a 8 MG broadband with unlimited download for £15.50 a month (first month £1) offer closes June 15th.
This is using LLU, but at this moment only 1/3 of the country is covered, and I'm not one of them. :-cry1

To see if you are covered try:- http://www.bulldogbroadband.com/
 

rolfw

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Rob said:
"Bulldog" has started, for new customers only,
sounds like a well known Building Society Advert. :)
 

Rob

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rolfw said:
sounds like a well known Building Society Advert. :)
Does a bit Rolf, never like it when they say by a certain date (15th June) but to be fair I don't know when the offer started.
At least things are moving in the right direction, we hope !
:rolleyes:

PS:- They supply free modem.
 

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I've got the 2mb Bulldog Alltime service, but I'm having a hell of a job contacting them to ask why I am paying £45 (including static IP) whereas the new service is being charged at £19.50, £24.50 including static IP.
 

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Bulldog are owned by US telecom giants Cable & Wireless.

Lets hope they don't want to get the user base up then ramp up the charges - now where have i seen that done before Mr Murdoch?
 

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Yes, but the difference is competition, they will never have as few competitors as did Rupe. :)

This would actually make quite a good blog topic. :)
 

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gameboy said:
Bulldog are owned by US telecom giants Cable & Wireless.
I think Cable & Wireless are still nominally a British company. C&W used to be a sort of colonial telephone service until Thatcher privatised them.
 

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easysat said:
I think Cable & Wireless are still nominally a British company.
Parent company American (CWP) UK subsidiary company (CW.L)

"Cable & Wireless plc. provides telephone, facsimile, cable TV, multimedia, and data transmission services in over 50 countries. It also owns Cable & Wireless HKT, formerly Hong Kong Telecom, its top revenue generator, and Cable & Wireless Communications, the UK's largest cable company and second largest phone company behind BT. In July 1998, C&W acquired the Internet business of MCI, now MCI WorldCom, for $1.75 billion, but following numerous legal and technical problems, C&W sold its newly acquired dialup business to Prodigy. Find out what this industry giant is planning in the months ahead."