If they are not in your area I think it will be a long time as they are not at the moment investing in cabling areas. I think the only way to get NTL cable is if you live in an already cabled click here area...........Or wait a while, maybe a long while until they receive further funding.
click here "Merger of Telewest and NTL postponed. The bondholders who now control about 70% of the two debt-laden groups want both management teams to hit tough operational targets before allowing a merger to go ahead. They are then likely to provide further funding. Both companies have been forced to restructure finances after they almost collapsed under the weight of the debts from digging up roads, laying cables and buying rivals. "