UK internet service provider BE Broadband has announced the launch of a wholesale unit, offering access to its ADSL2+ network to alternative providers. BE, a subsidiary of mobile network operator O2 UK, said that its BE Wholesale arm directly reaches more than 70% of businesses across the UK’s mainland, a figure it has claimed is almost 50% more than some of its wholesale rivals. Further, it declared that its infrastructure offers the fastest DSL connectivity speeds of any wholesale provider in the UK, ‘with entry level product speeds 30% faster, and premium products up to 150% faster than comparable services’, a claim it says is backed up by studies conducted by UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom. BE Wholesale has already set in place agreements with 30 ISP partners. Commenting on the development, Dan Cunliffe, head of the new wholesale unit, said: ‘Our ADSL2+ network is the best in the business and truly built for broadband. It’s less than five years old and delivers industry leading upload and download speeds, without the congestion problems typically faced by our legacy competitors. This doesn’t just make the network fast, but consistently fast and reliable. Furthermore, our high level of customer service offering ISPs access to senior members of the team and a quick response to any queries provides them with a strong support infrastructure. Overall, this makes us an incredibly attractive proposition for ISPs, and through them, end users.’
V3.co.uk meanwhile cited Mr Cunliffe as confirming that BE Wholesale had some 1,300 ADSL2+ cabinets across the UK, with the executive also noting that his company could offer uplink speeds of 1.3Mbps or 2.5Mbps, alongside download speeds of either 12Mbps or 24Mbps. Further, it is understood that BE may add another 100 exchanges in areas ‘where businesses will benefit’.