Telewest have announced that they've started their closed trials on the worlds first PlayStation 2 broadband network.

Tom Cotter, head of games at Telewest Broadband told us "As we promised at E3, the trials have started before Christmas and we’re very excited to be embarking on this project" - The trials started earlier this week, and are expected to last until the new year, when a public trial with a limited number of users is expected to start.

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's Business Development Director Nainan Shah told us "The Telewest PS2 Broadband Service will lead the way in connecting PlayStation 2 consumers on powerful broadband networks. We expect the service to offer a plug-and-play experience for multiplayer gaming, downloading of game demos and other content as well as news and reviews presented in way that PlayStation 2 consumers have not experienced before".

You can pre-register your interest in the broadband internet service, and Telewest are expected to announce further details of the PS2 network in early 2002.