Feeds

O2 and Be Broadband speeds dip

Network providers invent new concept of 'Less's Law'

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

O2 and Be Broadband customers suffered a slowdown in the last year, against the market trend of improving speeds, it has been found.

Downstream for the two home broadband providers, who use the same network, dropped on average by 13 per cent to 5.1Mbit/s, according to web-based speed tests.

Against ADSL competitors - who contributed to a 22 per cent overall market rise in average speeds - the survey by Broadband.co.uk highlights the strain on O2 and Be's network.

Be pioneered ADSL2+ "up to" 24Mbit/s services in the UK. After O2 bought it in 2006 and launched bundled packages, the network had to cope with tens of thousands more users.

This time last year, O2 acknowledged service quality was suffering and promised investment in capacity. It seems that investment was not sufficient to reverse the decline, however.

Despite the drop, it should be emphasised that O2 and Be jointly offered second highest average speeds, according to the survey. Top spot was taken by Virgin Media, whose customers received 7.4Mbit/s on average.

BT and its subsidiary Plusnet slightly beat the overall increase in average speed, probably thanks to ADSL2+ upgrades. They were up 24 and 28 per cent, to 2.7 and 2.8Mbit/s respectively. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills
BT and Co: Independence vote likely to mean 'increased costs'
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars
Symbian's David Wood bares all. Not for the faint hearted
Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets
... into submission. Weve squeals, ditches payment plans
This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...
Who us, dodgy? Vast majority of mobile apps fail privacy test
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.