A symmetric service that offers up to 2.5 Mbps for both upload and downloads does not seem that exciting, but to businesses looking to boost their upload speeds, for pushing content to data centres, supporting more VoIP lines or larger numbers of remote workers it will be important.
BE Wholesale has launched its BE Business SDSL-M service at the 1300 exchanges the firm already offers its ADSL2+ services from. Two variants are available, an ADSL2+ style with higher download speeds, or one of two symmetric options with speeds of 1.3Mbps and 2.5Mbps. The service also includes low levels of contention across the BE network and unlimited usage, along with 1, 4 or 16 static IP address options. Crucially for business use the products come with Enhanced Support and a 6 hour fix SLA agreement.
Obviously while the service is not offering the high upstream speeds that fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) can offer, the availability and support of an SLA will make it of more interest to businesses, where reliability can outweigh the desire for raw speed.