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BT brings Broadband bonding to market

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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.