ITweek reports that BT (opens in new tab) Wholesale has signed an agreement with Sharedband to distribute its "aggregation software suite".
This bit of software will allow ISPs which run on the BT Wholesale network to provide with faster and more resilient broadband services by allowing their customers to buy and combine two or more broadband lines
Broadband Bonding has been regarded as a successful yet uncelebrated way of combining two broadband lines and has been lurking around for the past 30 years.
Back in 1997, a multimedia company called Diamond (opens in new tab) marketed a dial up modem that could combine two 56kbps lines into one.
Bonding would allow upload and download speeds to be doubled and would provide redundancy in case one of the lines go down; it does so at much cheaper cost than telecoms cash cows, leased lines or SDSL for example
This might explain why bonding has been kept in the dark for so long. But BT will stand to win anyway because broadband services are now cheaper than monthly line rentals.
Sharedband's spokesperson even argues that Sharedband modems (opens in new tab) will allow you in the future to mix completely different lines (cable, ADSL, leased lines, WiMax, EDGE etc).
Sharedband has been created by ex-engineers of BT Labs.