Touchpoint--200 multimedia kiosks installed in London providing a wide range of information and services, including an entertainment guide covering cinemas, theaters and restaurants, together with a ticketing facility--the system is designed to appeal to three broad segments: commuters, city residents and English-speaking visitors.
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Taken this new competitive domestic environment BT had to rethink its domestic market. With 20 million residential customers and 7 million businesses BT still controlled about 80% of the combined business and residential market in the UK. Yet cable companies were gradually winning about 35% of the homes their lines passed, equalling about 4% of the domestic market or, to state it another way, a loss of about 70,000 residential customers a month for BT. In addition telecommunication firms like Cable and Wireless were going after BT's business customers. By late 1996 BT's market share in London's financial district was just 30% (Lynch, 1996).
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services in the UK. In that same year, cable television companies--mostly funded by money from the regional Baby Bells in the United States and Canada--began laying telephone lines along with coaxial television wires to British homes. The floodgates were thrown open by this action and by 1995 some 75 licenses had been issued for alternative public telecommunication operators. Presently the figure is in excess of 190 carriers licensed to provide phone service in competition with BT (Mills, 1996).
Two advertising promotions were launched simultaneously. The first focused on a campaign to reduce the perception gap between the actual cost of a phone call and the real cost. The second, more famous, advertising campaign used the catchphrase "its good to talk" and featured the actor Bob Hoskins with his Cockney accent. He would cajole me