Affinity's Virtual Internet Provider makes Arsenal the first football
to supply supporters FRIACO-based Internet Access
Arsenal Football Club today announced that it has chosen Virtual
Provider (VIP) to supply its unmetered Internet Service Provider (ISP)
package. Arsenal Anytime, which will be launched on April 21st, is the
Internet access product of its kind to be launched by a football club.
Arsenal FC will be providing its UK supporters access to the Internet at
anytime of day or night at the cost of just £12.99 per month, inclusive
subscription and telephone costs.
Affinity Internet Holdings' VIP division has supplied Arsenal with its
successful Arsenal Connect ISP service since its launch in December
Arsenal Anytime will run alongside the pre-existing service, which
end-users on a local call rate, metered basis. VIP is also providing an
additional Internet access service, JG Time, which provides unmetered
Internet access between 12 noon and 5pm, 7 days a week plus preferential
metered rates outside these hours.
Peter Smith, Sponsorship and Broadband Manager of Arsenal Football Club
said: "Many of our fans visit our website at www.arsenal.com to keep up
date with the latest club news and chat, plus take advantage of the
services available. It is an important medium of communication with our
base, so it seems a natural step to help them access the Internet cost
effectively as well. The subscriber also receives an Arsenal email
a must have status symbol for the discerning Arsenal fan."
Peter Collins, managing director of VIP, commented: "AFC Connect proved
very popular and now we can offer Arsenal Football Club the latest
generation of ISP products. VIP is committed to providing the highest
possible calibre of service for Arsenal's fans."
For further information contact:
Midnight Communications (business and trade media enquiries)
Zoë Harley / Antony Mayfield
Tel: 01273 666200
Affinity Internet Holdings (investor and general enquiries)
Tel: 020 7670 1155
About Virtual Internet Provider
VIP was created in 1995. VIP's success as a provider of virtual ISPs
the company launch over 150 Internet brands, and evolve into the
Affinity Internet Holdings PLC.
About Affinity Internet Holdings PLC (WWW.AFFINITY.UK.COM)
Affinity is a leading Internet and telecoms company providing an
increasingly integrated offering to corporates, consumer brands and
interest groups. It has four wholly owned subsidiaries and one jointly
* Virtual Internet Provider Ltd, the branded Internet services provider
* Hurricaneseye Ltd, the convergent billing company (co-owned with
* EGO Maniacs.net Ltd, the online entertainment company
* Taxi Interactive Ltd, the innovative commerce company
* Sonnet Internet Ltd, the bespoke ISP specialists for the SME and SoHo
Clients include Tiny Computers, Reed Business Information, PowerGen,
Bank of Scotland, Chrysalis, Skandia and the AA.
Affinity is providing a best of breed solution by utilising the services
its strategic partners: ICL - the e-Business services company, Cisco
Systems, and ClientLogic. Other key relationships include Cable &
British Telecom, COLT, Vodafone UK, Synigence and erecruitment.com.
In August 2000, Affinity entered into a 4-year sponsorship arrangement
Arsenal Football Club's Junior Gunners.
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