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24 Mbps and counting

Like many readers of this newswire, I've been on 2 Mbps broadband for some time now, and am watching what's happening with ADSL 2+ with great interest.

ADSL 2+, in case you didn't know, is an advance on the current 2 Mbps broadband that pushes downstream rates as high as 24 Mbps, and almost triples the upstream rates seen on 2 Mbps.

A handful of companies/ISPs are trialling ADSL 2+ at the moment, but the costs are more than 30/35 quid a month. That's around double the rate most punters are paying now for their 2 Mbps service, so, whilst

it's attractive to serious downloaders, most punters will be happy to stay with their current deal.

Now Be Internet has announced plans to offer its ADSL 2+ service on a pay-as-you-go basis with a modest bundled monthly allowance in return for £14.95 a month.

It remains to be seen whether the Be Lite service is good value for punters that don't download music and movie files, but I have a suspicion that it could be useful for the droves of workers who want really high speed access to their company LAN from home.

VPN access has always been tricky, even on 2 Mbps broadband, mainly because of the 256 Kbps upstream data limit. With ADSL 2+ that upstream rate triples, making for much faster VPN access.

Our exchange is being upgraded to ADSL 2+ in February, it seems, so I'll be watching what Be Internet get up to with interest...