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Better broadband for one small part of Scotland

Broadband Extension Technology (BET) has been available from Openreach for a while and while it does not provide much beyond the bare minimum to meet the current 2015 Universal Service Commitment, it will be a significant improvement for businesses and consumers who can see speeds jump from under 1 Mbps to 2 Mega bits per second.

The Donside Piper and Herald has some more detail on how eleven locations spread across the glen are getting better broadband through a £10,336 grant via the Cairngorms EU Leader Project. The area according to Ofcom postcode data was getting just 1.2 Mbps previously, so if Ofcom update this data they source from broadband providers we may see in time how much the various options for improving broadband speeds actually improve the situation around the UK. Properties on the Ballogie Estate have also benefited from a similar project delivering eight more BET connections.

BET has been an option for sometime and works by installing hardware in the copper local loop, extending the range of ADSL services from 5km to around 12km. A newer option is the use of Broadband Regenerators which act as digital repeaters for perhaps eight telephone lines, with speeds depending on how far into the copper network they are deployed. BET and regenerators can be best described as a way of patching up the network but these may prove to be the only viable option based on the funding levels available.


I had to check the calendar first to see if it was April, then I had to check the year. What a waste of money... BET is such a bad bet. And the Piper and Harald use the same hype for copy as superfast cornwall... Wonder what the householders had to contribute, and what the BET kit cost per home...

  • cyberdoyle
  • over 8 years ago

If this is BT's plan for the last 10% then this is fantastic news. Local wireless ISP's will survive instead of being crushed out by BDUK funding all going to BT.

  • timmay
  • over 8 years ago

So the costs are hardware alone with no impact on line rental or choice of ISP service? Its been a while, I thought BET was basically bonding two lines?

  • fibrebunny
  • over 8 years ago

Bonding two lines in the middle of the network, so the ADSL/phone service to the customer is no different to normal.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 8 years ago

I believed that if the higher speed service was ordered, then a second pair was required, and that the punter would pay line rental on it.
I suspect that those actually benefiting from this will be those who could get no sync at all before.
Bet isn't bonding as such. 'Normal' voice and DSL is then transitted via SHDSL to 'booster' about half way down the line, and then equipment in the premises splits the two back up again.
The service is either 1 pair all the way, or 2 E-sides and 2 D-sides all the way, depending on speed of service ordered.

  • Zarjaz
  • over 8 years ago

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