Manchester has a widespread cable network for business and private use. British Telecom, Norweb Communication, NTL, Cable and Wireless Communications (formerly Mercury and Nynex) and Energis (National Grid) are amongst the major investors in an area which has full Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) and optical fibre cable networks.
British Telecom recently completed a �575 million
investment in 300 digital exchanges covering 3,000,000 lines, which
places the Manchester area two years ahead of other UK cities outside
London for its access to digital services. ADSL Broadband Internet
connections are available throughout most parts of the City and Metropolitan
Manchester is also the home of the first UK public
access computer communications and information system – the Manchester
Host, developed by Manchester City Council and backed by European
Poptel who run the Host is a full Internet service
provider and offers access via PC to electronic mail, fax transmission,
telexes and commercial on-line services, including databases.
It has a wide range of users, including businesses,
public sector bodies, local authorities, colleges and community organisations
and is the base for the Manchester Community Information Network (MCIN)
and an extensive Manchester web site (www.manchester.gov.uk).
Manchester City Council along with Manchester Metropolitan
University set up the Manchester Telematics and Teleworking Partnership
MTTP which is involved in the running of a number of projects.
Manchester is also a founder member of Telecities.
Manchester City Council has online connection to its Friendship cities,
St Petersburg, Chemnitz (Germany), Cordoba.