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Business broadband specialist Opal has launched a new product tailored for the needs of small businesses, which it claims is “the UK’s most competitive and comprehensive small business communication package”.

The Opal Office Complete package offers small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) a fast broadband connection speed of up to 24Mb, free line rental and unlimited calls for £55 per month. Opal’s broadband deal also offers an unlimited monthly download limit, an 0800 number, a free web builder and domain name.

Additionally, takers are provided with an email-optimised BlackBerry 8520 smartphone with 300 mobile minutes per month and unlimited email usage.

According to Opal, the business division of home broadband provider TalkTalk, the Office Complete Broadband offering has been designed specifically to cater for the needs of what it dubs “recession entrepreneurs” who are launching new ventures in a difficult financial climate as well as growing enterprises that are more established.

The broadband supplier claims that Office Complete Broadband is 40 per cent cheaper than BT’s equivalent deal.

Paul Lawton, Managing Director of Opal, said: “Investing is new communication infrastructure can be hugely expensive not to mention time consuming, especially if IT and telecoms is not a core area of expertise for the business owner. But it is an absolutely necessity; business-grade communications are essential to move forward, grow and ultimately prosper, as a business.

“That is where our business start up package comes in. It provides a low cost and feature-rich solution meaning that a huge cost outlay as well as spending hours sourcing separate suppliers is not an issue. This leaves more capital to be invested back into the business and more time for owner managers to concentrate on their core business.”

Opal has also confirmed extension of its Opal Office Broadband product to homeworkers. This also offers a 24Mb broadband service and is available from £10 per month.

The broadband supplier’s refresh of its offerings comes amid increasing competition in the business broadband space. This has been marked by ntl: Telewest last month rebranding as Virgin Media Business and unveiling new fibre optic broadband products, which provide speeds of up to 50Mb.

Meanwhile, earlier this year BT has augmented its range with a new cable service dubbed BT Business Total Broadband Fibre. This features a headline broadband speed of up to 40Mb and gives’ subscribers’ traffic priority over other users.

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