Be Broadband finally puts network switch-over back on track

Be Broadband has unveiled a new starting date for the migration of customers from the older broadband infrastructure it rents from BT to its own, new core network.The move will boost bandwidth for the O2-owned operator, and it will also help Be move to IPv6 — it will, however, also mean changing customers' static IP addresses.

Be Broadband has unveiled a new starting date for the migration of customers from the older broadband infrastructure it rents from BT to its own, new core network.

The move will boost bandwidth for the O2-owned operator, and it will also help Be move to IPv6 — it will, however, also mean changing customers' static IP addresses. It will begin in mid-June.

The migration was supposed to start early this year, with users getting fibre services by the end of 2012. However, that timescale slipped without explanation and, in April, Be said the services would only arrive in 2013.

On Monday the company sent an email to its customers with static IP addresses, repeating last year's migration statement almost word-for-word, apart from changing the timescale.

"The project starts mid June 2012, and over the course of the following 50 weeks everyone will be migrated to the new network," the new part of the email read. "To make things as straightforward as possible, as the migration takes place we'll be supporting both new and 'old' static IP addresses for 30 days, allowing you plenty of time to make the move when your turn comes."

According to Be, the migration will bring not only bandwidth and IPv6 benefits, but also the possibility of new services and better network resiliency.

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