Optus@Home details announced

Cable & Wireless Optus (CWO) and Excite@Home last week released details of the joint venture's soon to be available cable Internet service, Optus@Home.

Available to some residents in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane later this year, the Optus@Home Internet service will provide customised browsers, five e-mail accounts, five personal Web space accounts, 24x7 technical support, search and navigation tools and newsgroups.

The key feature of the service is assured fast access speeds. Using Optus' existing broadband cable network, subscribers will be able to access the Internet at speeds 100 times faster than traditional 28.8Kbps modems, officials claim.

"We want to redefine what Australians expect from their Internet service provider. Clearly Optus@Home is not just another ISP," said John Garner, director of marketing, programming and sales for At Home Network Australia, the joint venture formed earlier this year by Excite@Home and CWO.

The cable service allows for "always on" Internet and limited busy signal and line dropouts, officials said.

The company is yet to announce pricing details for the service.

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