Broadband provider BE have announced the launch of their line bonding service which will be available from early February. The product has been a while in coming to fruition following the announcement of the trial in September 2008 and this is somewhat reflected in the launch. BE will be taking a "softly softly" approach, with the product only available to existing Pro customers, and it won't be a cheap service, reflecting development time that has gone in to this. Pro customers who sign up will be offered a discounted price of around £50-£55 a month with the connection fee expected to be around £85. A second BT phone line will also be required to provide the service. No details have been announced of what full pricing can be expected.
So what does this product actually give you? Well users should see around double their current broadband speeds, so if you get around 20meg now on BE broadband, you should expect about 40meg, and about 5meg for upload speeds. It will also give you the resilience that two lines can provide such that if you get a problem on one phone line, your Internet connection will remain connected. Users that are interested should register as the service will only be available to a small amount of customers to begin with, although the service will be available anywhere within the BE network.
If you don't happen to live in a BE broadband area, you can get bonding services from other ISPs. Timico and AAISP offer bonded solutions using BT lines, with AAISP also able to give a redundant connection using a BT and BE wholesale line.