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Be Readies 48Mbit DSL Service

Gordon Kelly


Be Readies 48Mbit DSL Service

24 hours on from the unveiling of Virgin's 50Mbit cable broadband service and nearest speed rival Be has also stepped up its DSL game.

The ISP has today announced it has successfully completed trials of 'bonded' connections in the central London Paddington exchange - a technology which enables it to double the maximum speed of its flagship 24Mbit offering to a screaming 48Mbit.

Naturally such figures tend to lead to scepticism but Be also claims participants reported real-world download speeds of between 30Mbit and 45Mbit - even if this will vary substantially depending on an individual's geographic distance from their local exchange.

"We want to push the limits of high-speed broadband," said Be MD Felix Geyr. "We already offer the fastest possible broadband on an ADSL line, but we want to take it a step further. If you want broadband around the 50Mb mark but don't want to go the cable route, Be wants to offer you a real alternative."

At this point no time scale has been placed upon a nationwide roll-out of the technology, but Be famously does things quickly (it was the first ADSL2+ provider in the UK more than three years ago) so hopes are high that we won't be too far into 2009 before 48Mbit DSL connections become a reality.

Hey Virgin... game on!




December 16, 2008, 7:48 pm

I'm with be* they are great. Shame they couldn't move on to VDSL2+ like other parts Europe/world. If you are within a mile of an exchange you can get speeds of up to 100mbits, maybe more... on a single coper line.


December 16, 2008, 8:16 pm

I'm with BE too and they are superb, I really have no idea why the rest of the world is lagging behind on this 8Mb rubbish and why BE never get more mention in awards.

If they bring this service to my area then I will be signing up for sure.

Right now I'm on the 24meg service, but being a fair distance (as the wire travels) from the exchange I can only get 16-17Mb.

As I can't get Virgin in my block of flats (ugly wires and too much permission to seek) and already have Sky this would be perfect.

Now do I really need anything faster thn what I have.? Of course I do! :-)


December 16, 2008, 8:49 pm

Agree with jopey fully: be* is great and as opposed to Virgin, they actually deliver what is technologically possible, instead of trying to hide the inability to live up to the media hype behind a "fair use policy"!


December 16, 2008, 9:43 pm

I'm a long way from the exchange and could only get 4-5Mbits on the 24mbits. But they tweaked my margins for download and said I had room left in my upload... so they uncapped it and now I get the maximum my connection can handle. So I got 6mbits down and 1.2mbits up (rather than the standard 768Kbits up)... I don't know of any isp who would uncap the upload for you.

Ben 3

December 16, 2008, 10:14 pm

I'm probably going to sound stupid, but doesn't that mean you need two phone lines?


December 17, 2008, 4:32 am

@Ben - no.

@jopey - no :)


December 17, 2008, 2:39 pm

As a former be* subscriber, I'd like to add another 'yes' vote. Far better support, speeds, terms and conditions than, for example, the complete cackfight that is Talktalk, who now receive my monthly stipend following a house move. In a moment of weakness I accepted their cheap temptations and am now suffering for it. If only be* offered phone lines as well, I'd have been sorted and gone with them again - the stick in the spokes was the fact that I needed to get a BT line first, which was unacceptable. What a fool I am.


December 17, 2008, 2:50 pm


Are you absolutely sure about the 2 phone lines not required?

AFAIK that's what bonding means.


December 17, 2008, 3:44 pm

That Ben wasn't me btw. I still don't get how more than one person can have the same name on here.

However, bonded DSL from other providers does require two phone lines. So not sure how Be are doing it. From experience with Nildram, bonded DSL doesn't work very well :/

Rob Chapman

December 17, 2008, 5:43 pm

When I phoned them a few months ago it required two BT lines.


December 18, 2008, 5:53 pm

If it does require 2 BT lines and 2 lots of line charges on top of the BE charge then count me out.

That would also mean an engineer coming around to fit the extra line and extra wiring in the flat ?

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