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Be Invites Users To Trial 40Mbit Speeds

While Virgin Media recently talked up 200Mbit cable by 2012 its proposed 50Mbit Service which has been trialling for more than a year still shows no sign of appearing. So could speed freaks be about to turn to DSL champion Be Unlimited instead?

The BPI bashing ISP has announced it will be testing its own scheme which could push connections up to 40Mbit - almost twice the theoretical maximum of its current 24Mbit flagship offering.

To hit these heights it will use a technology called 'ADSL2+ bonding' which involves combining two telephone lines via a single ADSL2+ router. Yes, it's a little like the bridging ISDN technology of dial-up systems before broadband of days gone by and - if successful - ADSL2+ Bonding will likely play a similar role while we wait for the benefits of a nationwide Fibre Optic roll-out.

Want to get involved Be customers? Here's the skinny:

If the sound of getting up to 40meg excites you then here’s what you need to do:

  • Contact Be on 0207 479 5029 by Friday 26 September 2008 at the latest to book your place on the trial.

  • Once you’re confirmed on the trial we’ll even contact BT to order your 2 new telephone lines (incoming calls only) so you don’t have to.

  • And finally meet us in a pub near our offices to get your new free router. Meeting venue and details will follow once you’ve contacted us to be part of the trial.

    For further information on this trial please contact Be by e-mail at: linebondingtrial@beunlimited.co.uk

In a pub! We love these crazy guys!

Of course the downside is two BT lines meaning double the line rental rates, but it could be a small price to pay for the potential bandwidth on offer. As always distance from the exchange will play a major part no-one won anything by being a wussy.

Go on, hit up that email!

Update: We've had this pointed out by a few readers and now it has been confirmed to us officially so sorry to burst a few bubbles but:

  • The trial is currently limited to current Be customers who are on the Paddington exchange

    In addition there is a cap on the number of participants that will be accepted of somewhere

  • between 20 and 30


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via ISPreview

Go to comments


September 22, 2008, 4:35 am

Actually Bonded ADSL is used as well but mostly for businesses as it tends to be expensive, I wonder how much Be will be asking for theirs if the trial is a success.


September 22, 2008, 12:49 pm

I'm with Be and i'd be happy if i got anywhere near the 24Mbit i'm currently paying for never mind 40Mbit. The most i've got out of my connection is 9Mbit so you'll forgive me for not getting too excited just yet...


September 22, 2008, 1:16 pm

9MB is not bad for a 24MB connection. I think there are people who would be over the moon if they could get that much.

Please remember that "8MB" customers often get 1-3MB.

Geoff Richards

September 22, 2008, 1:27 pm

I got all excited until I spotted that you need TWO phones lines. So that's TWICE the line rental as well then, eh?

I think I'll stick with my existing 24Mbit thanks. I can download at up to 1.2MB per second which is plenty fast enough for me right now :)

Ian Moroney

September 22, 2008, 1:55 pm

I have 15mbit at home from BE* broadband.

FYI, BE* are ONLY doing the bonded ADSL trial in the Kingston area of London (http://www.samknows.com/broadb... so if you aren't living in kingston, then don't bother asking!

Richard Waine

September 22, 2008, 2:00 pm

I just called them. You have to be connected to the Paddington exchange for this offer.


September 22, 2008, 4:11 pm

I wonder when virgin will put their 50MB fibre optic proposal in action. Well i cant really complain because i get on an average 15mb-20mb download speed but their traffic management is completely ridiculous...They cap your speed to about 3-5mb if you download past your threshold during working hours.

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