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Be Broadband is pressing ahead with plans to launch fibre broadband services, just at a slower rate than originally planned, it has been reported.

Chris Stening, the service provider's Managing Director, said the company has formulated an upgrade plan and submitted this to its parent company O2.

He explained that O2 now needs to approve the proposal - which will see Be Broadband offer fibre-to-the-cabinet broadband services - and make the necessary funds available.

"We've made the case to spend the money on the network and associated IT and it is currently awaiting approval as it is not a small amount of money," Mr Stening told

"As soon as we get this we will firm up launch dates and tell you more."

He said this was not the progress report everyone wants to hear, but advances are being made by the firm on fibre broadband services.

Be Broadband recently trialled fibre broadband services at the Barking telephone exchange in Greater London, in preparation for a rollout of the technology.

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