UK finally gets 24Mbps broadband


UK finally gets 24Mbps broadband

Antony Savvas

New ISP Be is offering a 24Mbps broadband service, which dwarfs the top speeds currently on offer from the likes of BT and Bulldog.

Be is using ADSL2+ technology to double download bandwidth, together with unbundling BT’s local-loop exchanges in order to offer the service.

Be said the rollout will start in London, to be followed swiftly with the rest of the UK. 

Cable & Wireless-owned Bulldog currently offers the highest broadband download speed to users, at 8Mbps. After starting in London, Bulldog now offers a national broadband service and charges between £8 and £29.50 for its monthly packages.

Full Be roll-out plans and prices have yet to be finalised.

Be is the first operator in the UK to use Alcatel’s next-generation DSLAM connectivity equipment in BT’s exchanges, along with aggregation and routing equipment, to help achieve the high bandwidth.  

Be already operates in Sweden, where it has 100,000 customers.

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