Be is a relatively new entrant to the UK broadband market which is now owned by O2. Be currently exclusively supplies an ADSL2+ service which offers users living close enough to their local exchange line speeds of up to 24 Mbps (Megabits per second).
The company has reached a milestone of 500 unbundled exchanges where its service is now available, which is equivalent to around 33% of UK households. It is now planning to increase coverage to 50% of UK households by unbundling another 300 exchanges by the end of summer 2007. Technically Be is pushing the boundaries, as ADSL2+ Annex M is the standard product for Be Office users. This is a variant on the ADSL2+ standard and offers vastly improved upstream speeds of up to 2.5 Mbps. It also appears that Be / O2 are set to cover the rest of the country using BT Wholesale products in the near future.
"We don't think of broadband as just something to throw in for free. Proper broadband takes continual innovation and focus. We are working at unbundling 200 more exchanges by June and we are already testing new technologies that will enhance the network and our speed."Matthew Key, CEO of O2 UK