Telewest, formerly Telewest Broadband and Telewest Communications, was a cable Internet, broadband internet, telephone supplier and cable television provider in the United Kingdom. It was listed on the London Stock Exchange and was one time constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. Investors including many local Councils were encouraged to buy its shares as it was seen as a prime target for takeover by an American giant. Little did they know at that time that plans were in the pipeline to make Telewest a household name by other means.
In March 2006, Telewest merged with fellow cable telecom company NTL, and created 'NTL:Telewest', which then also merged with Virgin Mobile and Virgin.net in June 2006, creating the UK's first "quadruple play" telecom provider, offering television, internet, land-line phone and mobile phone services.
In February 2007, NTL:Telewest was re-branded as Virgin Media.