Introduction to BE
Be provides fast broadband via ADSL2+ technology. Since its
launch in 2004, Be has been providing speedy broadband to customers
all over the UK. With a maximum speed of up to 24Mbps, Be is
currently one of the fastest mainstream ISPs in Britain.
In 2006, Be was bought by Spanish telecommunications giant
Telefónica, which also owns O2. Despite this, it has remained as a
separate brand, continuing to offer great broadband deals.
All Be broadband products come with a free wireless router,
unlimited usage and 24/7 technical support, which helps if your
broadband connection suffers a blackout.
The Be Unlimited package is great for heavy broadband users. If
you download a lot of movies or music, you will find that Be's
speeds more than satisfactory. This package comes with one static
IP address, which you will need if you want to run your own server,
or if you're into online gaming.
If you're on a budget, Be has a more cost-effective option for
you. Its lower end deal is perfect for everyday browsing and
checking your e-mail. You will have to sign a 12 month contract,
after which you can leave at any time with a month's notice.
Be Pro comes with the works. You get much faster upload speeds
and a static IP address at no extra charge with the option to buy
Each of these three options comes with the BE Box, a wireless
router with a built-in firewall to protect your computer from
online viruses. You also get unlimited usage so you can download
films without worrying that you will go over the limit.
Also, for a small extra charge, you can get the home e-mail
bundle. It comes with up to five e-mail accounts, a total of 1GB of
e-mail storage, and 100Mb webspace. The webspace is great if you
want to set up your own website, though you can get free web-based
e-mail address from companies such a Google, Hotmail and Yahoo.
Why Be might not be for you
Not everyone can get Be broadband. In addition to having a BT
landline, you need to live in an area that has been 'unbundled'. It
means that Be have set up their own network.
It also might be worth noting that the actual bandwidth depends
on many factors including the quality of the wiring and how far you
live from your local BT exchange. If you live 2km from the
exchange, you can expect to receive up to 15Mbps. If it's further,
the speed will be even slower. In that case you may be better off
with cable broadband from a supplier such as Virgin Media.
BE was founded in 2004 offering super-fast broadband through
BT's telephone exchanges via Local Loop Unbundling (LLU). Its first
connected customer averaged a then-record-breaking speed of
In 2006, Spanish telecommunications giant Telefónica bought BE,
the company also happens to be the owner of O2 in the UK. This led
to rapid growth across the country with Be broadband now available
in 1,004 of the UK's telephone exchanges.
In 2007, O2 launched its own broadband product using BE's
established network. However, BE has remained as a separate brand
name and supplier.