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BTopenworld Launches First USB Broadband Service for Apple Mac Users

Added: (Tue Feb 20 2001)

Pressbox (Press Release) - BTopenworld, BT's global Internet business today announced the launch of the Home500 product for Macintosh. Following a successful trial of the drivers from supplier BT Ignite, BTopenworld is now the UK's first commercial service to offer Mac users broadband access using unique USB Plug & Play technology. The drivers necessary to run the service are now available for download at www.btopenworld.com.

Based on ADSL technology, the service offers users always-on, high-speed broadband Internet access (initially at up to 10 times faster than conventional modems). The installation process is simple and fast, requiring work at the exchange and in the home, and the package comes complete with a USB modem and the required cabling. BTopenworld also provides end-to-end customer service, including a technical helpdesk charged at local call-rates.

The Home500 product for Macintosh is available now priced at GBP 39.99 per month (inc.VAT) with an installation charge of GBP 150 (inc.VAT). A business version is also available, priced at GBP 39.99 per month (exc.VAT) with an installation charge of GBP 150 (exc.VAT). In conjunction with BT's business ASP, Ignite Application Services, the service also offers users two portals featuring a range of rich content and interactive applications designed for the home user and small business market.

Marc Deschamps, Chief Operating Officer of BTopenworld, said: "We are delighted that Macintosh users are now able to make use of the BTopenworld USB broadband service. Macintosh users have sophisticated needs and broadband technology will now allow them use the Internet to its full capability. Transferring big graphics files, downloading software packages, streaming video and other such things are now viable, allowing Mac users to work more effectively and efficiently. "

The minimum recommended Mac computer specification for the BTopenworld Business 500 product is as follows: Power PC 601 or equivalent, 32mb memory, 2-speed CD-ROM drive, Video Driver, 800x600 display, 256 colours, 100mb free disc space, Operating system 8.1 or higher, Open Transport version 1.3 networking software, 10 base T network adapter with RJ45 connector.

BTopenworld broadband products are currently subject to geographic availability and minimum computer specifications. For further details or to order any BTopenworld products please visit www.btopenworld.com.

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