Be to increase network coverage by 15%
Be Un Limited between now and June 2008 are set to unbundle a further 400 exchanges where it will offer its ADSL2+ services. This will bring their coverage figure up to 67% of the UK population.
"This is the next stage in our development at Be as we believe that reliable high speed broadband takes continual innovation and investment,...
These 400 new exchanges will mean that over 67% of the UK population will be able to experience faster speeds with ADSL2+. But it doesn’t stop there; we are already testing new technologies that will enhance not only the network but our speed."Oli White, Head of Marketing at Be Un Limited
Be currently offers a range of three products all using ADSL2+, the cheapest at £14 will connect at a maximum of 8Mbps and gives an upload connection of up to 1.3Mbps with unlimited usage. The Be Unlimited product costs £18 a month and offers a full rate ADSL2+ connection of up to 24Mbps, depending on your line and other factors. Be Pro at £22 month has the option of an up to 2.5Mbps upload connection, though some of the downstream speed is lost when using ADSL2+ Annex M.
One thing that is perhaps not always obvious is that while ADSL2+ offers a connection speed of up to 24Mbps which is three times that of ADSL, this does not mean you will automatically get three times the connection speed you get with ADSL. The actual benefit from ADSL2+ will vary depending on the length of your phone line and things like the number of phone extensions in your home. The shorter the line the greater the speed increase generally.