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Be Broadband subscribers will be allowed to keep their existing routers, despite Sky taking over the service provider.

According to PC Pro magazine, users migrating over to Sky will not be forced to switch to one of the firm's own branded devices.

The broadband provider ordinarily requires all consumers signing up for a Sky broadband deal to use its own router.

But in a letter sent out to Be Broadband customers, the TV, home phone and internet service provider said it would not be enforcing this rule following the acquisition.

"We are aware that some Be customers would like to keep using their own routers and certain features such as Static IP, which is why we're working hard to develop support for these important features on Sky's network," it stated.

PC Pro's Barry Collins suggested this may be "an attempt to stem the tide of defections from the O2/Be customer base" since the Sky takeover was announced in March.

He pointed out that sister companies O2 and Be Broadband have together lost more than 40,000 home broadband customers since the end of last year.

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