PlusNet and Postini team up against spam

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PlusNet has signed an ISP agreement with communications security and compliance specialist Postini to provide front-end filtering to all inbound emails for its customers.

The free service upgrade will be launched to all PlusNet broadband customers in the New Year following a two-month trial period. The move should see PlusNet customers experience a significant decrease in spam messages.

Users will also be able to white list or black list certain addresses manually – and will have the option of message quarantines as an extra safeguard.

Recently acquired by Google, Postini is a global leader in communication security, processing over two billion messages every day and catering for over ten million users worldwide.

“Our decision to team up with Postini is driven by our commitment to offer our customers the best possible broadband service,” said Neil Laycock, PlusNet CEO. “Postini’s record with email security speaks for itself and we are proud to be associated with them.”

“This is the first of many partnerships for PlusNet with leading industry experts. We plan to lead the way in broadband expertise, and team up with partners who can add complimentary best-of-breed services for our customers,” added Laycock.

“PlusNet is one of the most progressive and highly respected Internet providers around,” said Peter Lorant, Postini’s senior director of EMEA marketing. “With our shared approach of putting the customers first, PlusNet subscribers benefit from having the highest levels of security and protection available.”

 

  

 

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BT beats rivals to bulk of new broadband users

BT claimed a victory yesterday as the UK broadband market leader added nearly double the number of new customers secured by its third-placed rival Carphone Warehouse over the past three months.
BT claimed a victory yesterday as the UK broadband market leader added nearly double the number of new customers secured by its third-placed rival Carphone Warehouse over the past three months.
 
The news came as BT reported quarterly results that showed its embattled consumer business increased revenues for the first time in four years, helped by success in what it terms “new wave” business such as broadband. But the results left City analysts unimpressed because of high restructuring charges that saw headline profits drop 31% to £435m in the three months to the end of September.
 
More than 2,000 middle managers have left the business over the past few months as part of a £450m restructuring plan designed to reduce the company’s bureaucracy. A further 2,000 managers and 1,000 other staff are expected to take voluntary redundancy in the second half of the year and at least another 1,000 will leave in 2008. But BT, which employed 250,000 people at the time of its privatisation, has been hiring engineers and its workforce has stabilised at about 105,000.
 
BT added 178,000 new broadband customers in the quarter, taking its base over 4 million for the first time. Carphone Warehouse’s TalkTalk added 89,000 to take its total to 2.5 million.
 
“The UK broadband market is probably the most aggressive in the world and we are doing OK in it,” said BT’s chief executive, Ben Verwaayen, who also hit out at the “free” broadband offers TalkTalk introduced. “Trying to be cheaper than the next guy is a short-term mug’s game. We want to compete on value not price.”
 
Carphone Warehouse boss Charles Dunstone, however, said his company had held back from adding new customers to the AOL business it bought a year ago because it was building out its own telecoms network to service them. With much of that work now done, “I think we’re back on a growth phase”, he said, forecasting 200,000 to 250,000 new broadband customers over the next six months.
 
Since TalkTalk launched “free” broadband a year and a half ago, Carphone has invested well over £200m putting its equipment into BT exchanges. It now has more than half its customers directly connected and in the six months to the end of September its telecoms business moved from an £11m loss last year to a £39m profit before financial charges. “We are genuinely turning broadband into a profitable business,” said Mr Dunstone.
 
Carphone Warehouse made a first-half pre-tax profit of £56m, up from £14m.