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ISP O2 and BE Broadband Expand UK Unbundled LLU Coverage

Thursday, July 12th, 2012 (9:40 am) - Score 1,132

Internet provider BE Broadband (O2 UK) is continuing to quietly expand the coverage of its unbundled (LLU) ADSL2+ (up to 24Mbps) broadband platform and appears to have enabled a further 17 telephone exchanges since November last year.

At present BE’s (O2 Wholesale) network is known to cover around 1,300 telephone exchanges, reaching 70% of UK businesses and a slightly higher proportion of homes. According to the BE Usergroup this has, over the past few months, expanded to include the following exchanges; one of which covers less than 3,000 lines (i.e. very difficult economics to achieve).

BE’s Latest LLU Broadband Exchanges
Coleshill (CMCOLE) – Residential Lines: 3,236
Bury St Edmunds (EABSE) – Residential Lines: 18,065
Market Deeping (EMMKDEE) – Residential Lines: 7,220
Towcester (EMTOWCE) – Residential Lines: 4,676
Stirling (ESSTI) – Residential Lines: 13,878
Queensbury (MYQUE) – Residential Lines: 11,331
Bexhill (NDBEX) – Residential Lines: 16,660
Cookstown (NICK) – Residential Lines: 6,823
Belfast Malone (NIMAL) – Residential Lines: 11,879
Moira (NIMR) – Residential Lines: 3,785
Newry (NINY) – Residential Lines: 12,567
Hatfield Woodhouse (SLHTW) – Residential Lines: 8,376
Almondsbury (SSALM) – Residential Lines: 9,170
Bassett (STBSETT) – Residential Lines: 2,684
Evesham (WMEV) – Residential Lines: 10,745
Connahs Quay (WNDEE) – Residential Lines: 12,490
Prestatyn (WNPRS) – Residential Lines: 9,706

We’re currently attempting to find out more about BE/O2’s current LLU roll-out plan and will report back once a response has been received. Separately BE are continuing to migrate customers over to their new core network (here), which is expected to take just under a year to complete (i.e. by late spring 2013). The launch of their new superfast broadband (FTTC) service has also been delayed into 2013 (here).

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9 Responses
  1. FibreFred says:

    Flogging a (technically) dead horse?

    1. Mark Jackson says:

      ADSL2+? Yes perhaps but don’t forget that LLU ISPs can still make use of such work to source more flexibility in their capacity for future FTTC/P services. LLU isn’t just about ADSL tech, it gives ISPs options in other areas too.

  2. Sheffield Owl says:

    Well I have been on O2 LLU ADSL2+ for 3 years now and still it only gives me 2.5mb,so I wouldn’t get too excited unless you live fairly close to the exchange.

  3. Deduction says:

    Why are they expanding when their poor product can not even cope with current demand.

    1. Tom says:

      Examples please?
      Only two exchanges are congested. And before you say “BBC issues” the current bbc issues seem to be browser or flash related to custom zoom levels in browsers.

    2. Deduction says:

      I hardly need to give examples when you have logged them all throughout the year on the usergroup site. The fact right here you say 2 exchanges are congested speaks loud enough…. Surely its more sensible to fix and spend on current problems like that, than spend the money of poor people that are stuck with a congested exchange expanding your (cough) service.

    3. Deduction says:

      Hell considering earlier in the year they were crying about the “costs” of fibre deployment maybe they should put the cash in that kitty. This is typical of BE, little forethought, concern about ongoing problems, users or prior promises.

  4. zemadeiran says:

    It’s all about the Benjamins…

    If I can get my fiber backhaul to an exchange with a large number of lines and get those people on board, money then follows.

    Now, if the cost of a broadband connection was in line with real world performance over copper and this up to crap was abolished THAT would make a difference!

    Only able to achieve 1mbps over your long line? Then only pay for 1mbps of the total 24mbps price. Whats the current average for upto 24mbps £15pm?

    0.62p is your monthly broadband charge sir plus of course the BT line rental….

    Maybe this is what we should push for?

    That would get the fuckers moving quickly enough.

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