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Be Broadband will not be implementing fibre optic connectivity any time soon, the ISP admitted yesterday, it's plans taking "longer than hoped" to put in place.

In a blog post, the company said: "We’re sorry that our initial goal of fibre products this year might not be possible."

Rather than establish its own fibre network - an incredibly expensive option, almost certainly beyond the company - Be said it wants to work with an existing fibre network.

The snag: none are seemingly up to snuff. "It’s taking us longer than we originally thought to find a solution that meets the expectations of Be and our customers," the ISP said.

Be wants to be able to offer "unthrottled and unlimited" broadband, it said. Based on feedback from its subscribers, it has found therer is "demand across the whole country rather than a small number of city-centre hotspots".

Be's current thinking is that it needs to build some of the network itself, by "installing more of our own equipment into the local exchange". It will be trialling the approach at one, unnamed exchange shortly. ®

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