Since the acquisition of O2's fixed broadband services (incorporating BE) by Sky in early 2013, the future of the network has been somewhat uncertain. Sky began migrating its consumer customers to the Sky broadband service from the end of August and we have now been told that service providers on the wholesale network have been informed the service is due to be shut down at the end of February 2014, one year after the original acquisition.
"We can confirm that as of February 2014 we will no longer offer wholesale broadband services. The delivery of fibre broadband currently requires a level of scale and investment which does not fit with our strategy to focus on digital services and experiences."O2 Spokesperson
The BE Wholesale service has been a popular service for high-end consumer and business customers, particularly prior to the uptake of BT's wholesale fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) services. Increasingly, smaller operators who were using the BE service are turning to TalkTalk Business instead. Any users on O2/BE Wholesale services are advised to contact their their broadband provider to discuss options.