For some time now, we’ve been working on a major project to overhaul BE’s ‘core’ network (the bit that we own, as opposed to the part we rent from BT), principally to enable the introduction of more advanced services, increase the bandwidth (across the core part of our network) and help prepare us for transition to IPV6. It will also increase the resiliency of our network, helping to minimise the number of customers affected when, from time to time, we experience service outages.
As we are effectively building a new ‘core’ network, we’ll need to migrate everyone across from the existing network, the result being a small amount of downtime to the Broadband service, and a change to everyone’s IP addresses. We realise this is an inconvenience, and so will be doing our utmost to minimise any impact this could have on service.
We’ll be kicking off this project early next year, and over the course of the following six to seven months everyone will be migrated to the new network, with both dynamic and static IP addresses also changing during this time. However, 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 everyone plenty of time to make the move when their turn comes.
We’ll also be changing the way we provide static IP addresses, bringing us in line with industry best practice and helping those customers who choose to source and configure their own routers (for static IP address-holders with our own BE Box, however, we’ll be deploying a firmware upgrade.).
Following the completion of the project, anyone ordering a single or multiple static IP address as part of their BE broadband package will be assigned with blocks conforming to the correct subnet size, accessed through the WAN IP on their router, and in blocks of one, six and 14 addresses.
There’ll be no change to our current pricing, however, with an allocation of six being priced the same as the current four, and 14 the same price as the existing block of 16; those customers currently using either four or eight addresses will have their allocation changed to six and for those using 16 the allocation will be reduced to 14.
All BE members will be receiving emails regarding this over the coming months, detailing how it will affect them and what action they need to take.
Everyone @ BE
Edited by nredwood (Thu 06-Oct-11 22:49:35)