DEMAND for a new Internet access service to the Open University has led to Warrington Internet access providers U-Net creating 18 new jobs, with the possibility of more to come.

Colin Smith, business development manager at U-Net, said: "We're seeing phenomenal levels of demand for this service. We're taking on extra staff to supplement our sales and technical support teams."

U-Net expected to process more than 400 orders worth £35,000 over the past few days.

Open University vice chancellor, Sir John Daniel, said that Internet access for students is an integral part of the University's future, and it is aimed to have 90 per cent of students - more than 100,000 - using the Net by the year 2003.

U-Net was set up in Warrington in 1995 by its owner, Dr Bill Unsworth, and has more than 17,000 customers.

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