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Be reduces upfront costs of its ADSL2+ bonded product
Thursday 08 December 2011 14:08:38 by Andrew Ferguson

Not everyone can get the superfast broadband services yet, and thus there is still a market for firms to utilise services that can bond ADSL2+ lines together to give faster uploads and downloads. The Be line bonding is available to around 70% of UK properties.

The Be ADSL2+ line bonding service bonds two telephone lines together, giving a maximum connection on the shortest lines of up to 44 Mbps and a potential upload of up to 5 Mbps. Thus if you are a business with ADSL2+ now, that manages 10 Mbps down, and 0.9 Mbps up, bonding a second line will lead to a doubling of those speeds.

The Be service costs £65 a month, and did until today require an £85 setup fee, the setup costs have been removed and as part of a promotion those signing up with the correct code will receive the first three months of service free. Total savings amounting to around £280. If considering the service, do remember that you will need to rent a second telephone line.


Posted by tommy45 over 5 years ago
Although there is 3 mths free and now no set up fee, which will be only for a limited time no doubt, it's the ongoing costs that they would of been better doing something about,

Why is the price £65.00 per month ? 2x be retail connections are cheaper even at the current prices to new customers
As they also sell bt lines they could of supplied the extra line, at cost price,(voice disabled)and free install
A good offer to me would equate to free 2nd line install and line rent at at least 50% =£5 and the monthly fee of £65.00 reduced to say £50 max i would say £40 would be a fair price
Posted by Dushyant over 5 years ago
I don't know why people just don't do two DSL lines from different suppliers themselves and get a load balancing router (TP-Link or Draytek work great).
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
Isn't that because you can't aggregate the data streams (latency)... that needs to be done at a different layer.
Posted by arcturus over 5 years ago
Correct. You have to have both ADSL connections from the same ISP to bond them. But for load balancing they can be from different ISP's.

I would also point out that Enta will bond your connections for no extra charge. You just pay for 2 ADSL connections of your choice and they will bond them for free. I have 2 5Mbps connections from Enta which when bonded give me just under 10Mbps.
Posted by otester over 5 years ago

This is a premium service, chances are if you can't afford it, you need to spend less time on the internet watching **** and get out to work.
Posted by tommy45 over 5 years ago
@otester : How is it a premium service? it does not come with any SLA or different support, it is 2 be llu connections joined(bonded),so if not additional benefits apart from an increased speed are there how is it any better than the normal pro package? it isn't and there is the factor of an additional land line rental that won't in most circumstances be used for voice,
Then if you compare it to FTTC/H or cable it is no where near as good, certainly not worth the £65.00 per month and extra line rental, and i can afford it, but don't consider it worth the cost, and think it's overpriced
Posted by chrysalis over 5 years ago
BE need to get in to FTTx and fast, they a sitting duck selling overpriced adsl2+ bonding.
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