Halifax reschedules Internet bank launch

Halifax reschedules Internet bank launch

The UK's Halifax bank will tomorrow launch its Internet and phone bank, Intelligent Finance (IF), two months later than originally planned. The initial July deadline for the opening of the service was postponed due to technical glitches.

Halifax says the telephone operation will open at 8am tomorrow, with the Internet launch to follow at an unspecified later date. IF is being launched as a stand-alone adjunct to the high street bank group, with its own management team and products.

Within the mainstream bank, Halifax has further expanded the ways customers can do business with the group by launching its first digital television services on interactive cable provider NTL. Similar services are also due to be launched with Open, the interactive TV service on BSkyB.

NTL currently has around 60% of the cable franchise in the UK, while Open is available to nearly four million Sky digital subscribers.

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