Qwest first major to launch 'naked' DSL
In a move that could put some added pressure on cable modem service providers, Qwest Communications International in late February became the first major telco to unbundle its voice and high-speed data services.
Customers who take the so-called "naked DSL" option will pay a premium, however. The service, dubbed Qwest Choice DSL Deluxe with MSN Premium, will go for $49.99 without phone bundled in. Customers who go with an ISP other than MSN can buy Qwest Choice DSL Deluxe for $33 per month. Customers who bundle in a satellite or wireless service package will receive a monthly $5 discount on their DSL package.
"Stand-alone DSL is part of our larger effort to improve customer satisfaction and to build a solid long-term relationship with customers," said company Chairman and CEO Richard Notebaert, in a release.
Qwest noted that the new service will complement plans to offer IP voice services designed to ride on the telco's high-speed pipe. The RBOC expects to launch consumer VoIP services in 14 western states.