VNL moves beyond London heartland

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Video Networks Limited (VNL), the digital TV and broadband internet provider, is taking its first steps outside the company's London heartland. VNL's HomeChoice service - offering packages of broadcast digital TV, video-on-demand, broadband internet and voice telephone calls - will this week be available to more than 33,000 additional homes in Stevenage.

HomeChoice already reaches more than 1.25m homes in London. By mid-2005, VNL aims to cover a further 1.2m homes in the capital. Roger Lynch, VNL chairman and chief executive, said: "Video Network's latest step demonstrates our continued commitment to delivering our service across London and beyond. We are delighted to be able to introduce Stevenage to the most advanced and best value home entertainment and communications service on the market."

VNL's network was extended by installing equipment in the Stevenage telephone exchange, a process known as unbundling BT's local loop. VNL has installed DSLAMs (Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexers) supplied by international communications solutions provider Alcatel, enabling its services to be available to households via existing BT phone lines.

In June, Lynch - a former chief executive of Chello, the broadband unit of European cable operator UPC - announced a target of 25,000 customers by the end of 2004 with a projected break-even target of 100,000. The service had 3,500 customers at the time.

Lovelacemedia  |  07.12.2004

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