Since launching in 2005, BE Broadband has unbundled 1,250 telephone exchanges and its broadband packages are now available at least 70% of UK households
BE Broadband network
BE Broadband (www.BEThere.co.uk) uses a process known as local loop unbundling (LLU) to install its own equipment in local telephone exchanges, bypassing BT's wholesale network to potentially save you money with a similar, cheaper service.
There are 5,600 telephone exchanges in the UK connecting your home phone line and the internet. BE Broadband has so far unbundled more than 1,000 exchanges and shares this network with sister company O2 (www.O2.co.uk).
Using this technology, BE Broadband offers a range of packages, with speeds of either up to 10Mb or up to 16Mb. It's also worth remembering that all BE Broadband connections offer unlimited broadband with no set usage limit.
This makes BE Broadband a good choice for those who use the internet intensively, such as online gamers or those who download a lot of films.
BE broadband and phone
Monthly cost: £18.00 1st year cost: £216.00
Monthly cost: £21.00 1st year cost: £252.00
Monthly cost: £23.00 1st year cost: £276.00
Monthly cost: £26.00 1st year cost: £312.00
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Customers living outside of BE Broadband's network
BE Broadband does not offer broadband outside of its own network, so if you if your property falls into this category, you'll have to look towards other broadband providers to get connected to the internet.
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BE Broadband offers download speeds of up to 10Mb and up to 16Mb, but as with all broadband delivered via copper wire telephone line, you won't necessarily get your advertised speed. Factors such as the distance from your local telephone exchange and the condition of your home's internal wiring can affect the quality of service you receive.
Fibre broadband availability
However, the company has since stated: "We're afraid we're not making very good progress on fibre. There are lots of reasons for this, but the bottom line is we're unlikely to launch a service across the BE network in 2012."