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Better download and upload via BE line bonding
Monday 07 November 2011 09:55:57 by Andrew Ferguson

The niche that was filled by the BE line bonding service is back again after a pause in taking new orders. Line bonding using ADSL2+ (with Annex M option) gives the potential for an up to 44 Mbps downstream, and up to 5 Mbps upstream service. Of course the usual world-wide rules of physics apply, so any speed is dependant on line length.

The £65 a month service, does require you to be paying voice line rental for two telephone lines from BT Retail or any other Wholesale Line Rental (WLR) provider, BE supplies the bonding router which is paid for in part by the £85 connection fee. A twelve month contract also applies.

Line bonding seems antiquated, but for those running a business and unable to get business service from Virgin Media, or cannot afford the price of a Metro Ethernet solution it can offer an improvement over standard ADSL2+ until such time as fibre roll-outs catch up. The doubling of the upstream speed is potentially the most appealing aspect of the project, as this allows for quicker uploading of pictures/video and improved remote access. While Annex M (the up to 2.5 Mbps) upstream speeds tend to favour shorter lines, the standard up to 1.3 Mbps of ADSL2+ generally holds well for longer lines, certainly 42dB (3.5km of telephone line) should manage around 0.8 to 1.1Mbps, and bonding obviously would almost double this.


Posted by fibrebunny over 5 years ago
Or until such time as ISP fibre offerings catchup. As in that context the pricing is quite reasonable. Assuming your lines are good enough of course.
Posted by tommy45 over 5 years ago
On thing not to forget be bonding is not a business solution,and has no SLA's So far from ideal if your business is Dependant on broadband, couple that with the peering issues that have been ongoing without resolution for way too long
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
While the BE bonding may not carry the SLA's of full business services, it does not carry the price tag either.

If a business is dependant on broadband, then yes services with five 9's etc and the price tag should be considered.

For small firms looking for more upstream though, BE is an option worth looking too, retaining perhaps non-DSL based solutions as backup. Or maybe an option to visit someone elses connection a few miles away.
Posted by tommy45 over 5 years ago
There are other Bonding options available from several business class isp's even the resold be products you gets what you pays for or should do, be bonding for residential use is an expensive option at £65-00 per month plus line rental for the extra line could be talking £78.90 (bt standard line rental)
Posted by epyon over 5 years ago
You can't have 2 BE lines for line bonding

how silly.
Posted by networkgeek over 5 years ago
Surely you could use another service to achieve the same thing and not be restricted to Be.

According to BroadBandbuyer you can use the Sharedband service with Multiple ISPs to achieve a similar thing, as Andrew said you could use the Be Lines and then get a diverse provider DSL / low grade cable to give complete transparent fail over and bonding.

It looks like a pretty good product TBH!
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