Be surfaces with ADSL2+ at up to 24Mbps for £24
Be look set to unleash a new round of price wars in the UK broadband market place. Today sees the official launch of their ADSL2+ service, which offers download speeds of up to 24Mbps and upload speeds of up to 1.3Mbps for just £24 a month for residential users, and £75 per month for business use. More details at www.bethere.co.uk
The service activation is £24 and is offered via a shared LLU line, meaning your existing BT telephone line remains unaltered, but Be will unbundle the DSL part of the line to connect it to their own hardware at the exchange. The LLU element will mean the service is limited in availability to those exchanges where Be has installed its own kit. The maximum speeds quoted are actually the ATM speeds of the line, so maximum TCP/IP throughput on a perfect line would be around 21.5Mbps downstream and 1.1Mbps upstream. Also it is worth bearing in mind that ADSL2+ is very distance dependent, i.e. that speeds approaching the maximum are only likely on a line less than 1km long. If your line can manage 2Mbps under existing BT limits, then switching to ADSL2+ is likely to give a significant speed boost. For those only getting 1Mbps and 0.5Mbps, the biggest difference is likely to be the upstream speed.
The service is promoted as '24/7 unlimited downloads' but a fair use policy does exist, which states "What about excessive network usage? If it's felt that any member's Internet activities are so excessive that other members are detrimentally affected, Be may give the member generating the excessive web traffic a written warning (by email or otherwise). In extreme circumstances, should the levels of activity not immediately decrease after the warning, Be may terminate that member's services." So those who enjoy attempting to download the whole Internet may need to consider others.