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Londoners are being offered the chance to hook up to superfast broadband for just £20 a month as part of a trial for local loop unbundling (LLU) by operator Be.

The ISP wants "as many people as possible" to sign up to the trial ahead of a commercial launch later in the month. The service - based on ADSL2+ technology - is able to deliver speeds of up to 24 meg.

As part of the promo, those taking part in the trial will receive a Thomson SpeedTouch 716g wireless router (which normally retails at around £115) for free. Monthly subscription for triallists will remain fixed at £20.

Said Be MD Dana Pressman: "We are hoping to build a very special community of pilot members. For anyone interested in new technology and the fastest speeds, this will be a must have product."

While the offer is tempting, the problems experienced by rival LLU operator Bulldog may cause some to think twice before signing up to the service. Cable & Wireless-owned Bulldog is still waiting to hear whether it faces a formal investigation by regulator Ofcom over the hundreds of customer complaints about the service.

Despite the difficulties faced by Bulldog, Be says it's prepared for high customer demand for its product.

"We have the infrastructure in place to handle a sharp rise in customer numbers," a Be spokesman told us.

To find out more about the pilot checkout www.BeThere.co.uk/pilot. ®

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