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BE Broadband 8Meg package upgrades to 12Mbps

Be as one of the first providers to provide ADSL2+ products in the UK, is rejigging its 'bargain basement' product BE Value. The product was previously running as ADSL2+, but with an artificial 8Mbps cap on the product, now new users signing up will see this speed cap increased to 12Mbps. The upstream remains as it was with rate adaption giving speeds of up to 1.3Mbps. BE Value has a quirky monthly price of £13.79, which if taken with the cheapest BE voice line rental product, gives a price of £23.29.

It is worth pointing out that if you are already running an ADSL2+ product from another provider, and are thinking this will give you a speed boost, then as its the same technical standard speeds will be similar to what you get now (although some providers use Dynamic Line Management which means they have you on a profile that gives less than the full line speeds). For users on an ADSL product, as a general rule those benefiting most from a switch from ADSL to ADSL2+ modulation are those connecting at 6Mbps or faster. If you are an existing BE Value customer syncing at 8Meg (i.e. hitting current limit) then you may have the option to upgrade and get higher speeds, but a new contract will be required.

Maximum line speed using ADSL

% of customers able to receive

Estimate of ADSL2+ maximum speed

6.5Mbps and above 25% 11Mbps and above
6Mbps 42% 9.5Mbps
4Mbps 78% 5Mbps
2Mbps 93% 2 - 2.5Mbps
Table showing differences between ADSL and ADSL2+, based on news item from October 2006


I'm on Be Value and have been for 3 years. A couple of years ago there there was a major increase in download speeds. The speed cap appeared to change from 8Mbps to 12Mbps

So I think the 12Mbps cap has been the case for a long time and now Be are now making it 'official'

Haven't a clue how this capping worked and wondered if I was sharing a 24Mbps feed with two others, and then only one other person. Looks like it's more complicated than that.

  • jamicu
  • over 10 years ago

mrsaffron too technical differences. No BRAS means on unstable lines throughput can be significantly higher on BE and no DLM meaning no speed lost due to a too high snrm been set.

  • chrysalis
  • over 10 years ago

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