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UK Broadband

Discussion in 'off topic' started by stephen bennett, Jul 3, 2017.

  1. steveledzep

    steveledzep pfm Member

    I'm out in the sticks of Carmarthenshire and get 1.2Mbps download. I am about 4 miles (atcf) from the exchange and my local cabinet is at about halfway. The cabinet has been fibre connected, but the facility has not been offered to me.

    A neighbour of mine works for BT and a few months ago he was telling me that the government have tasked BT/Openreach with providing minimum 30Mbps connections. It is estimated that my connection to the cabinet will give 20Mbps, but because it doesn't satisfy the government requirement I won't get connection.

    Think I have it right, I'm seeing my neighbour on Saturday evening, so I'll check progress with him again. I'd be delighted with 20Mbps!
  2. lsinclair

    lsinclair pfm Member

    I got FTTC at Easter. I think 20Mbps might be optimistic for you, I get 18Mbps and I am one mile from the cabinet. A friend of mine in the next county is two miles from his cabinet. They installed FTTC but it was so unstable they took it out again - a similar situation to Patrick (post #5.)
  3. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    Im getting 20 on Virgin in Edinburgh just now, 50 not uncommon. The poxed 4 (when they felt like it) delivered by BT this morning was their death sentence.
  4. rmsshipbroker

    rmsshipbroker pfm Member

    I got a consistent 2 megs until my contract changed, which involved a new router. This allowed the speed to shoot up to around 9 megs.
    However the digital line management then kicked in and over a few days brought it down to 250K, aaargh!
    This started a 6 month saga of multiple calls to the service provider, Orange, resetting the limit, replacing the router, 3 BT engineer visits, all to no avail.
    I finally lost patience and cancelled the landline completely moving to 4G wireless internet. Now getting a rock solid 25 megs.
    The only issue is that there is a monthly data limit, it's not unlimited like the landline, but I'm not a massive user so have never exceeded it.
    Frankly I'd only go back to a landline if they install fibre.
  5. thebiglebowski

    thebiglebowski pfm Member

    Have been in my new build for 2 years now, the developer did a deal with Virgin Media so all the houses have VM coax terminations in the bedrooms and lounge plus phone sockets that are all wired back to distribution point just outside the front door. This is then connected back to the street cab via trunking ready for VM to liven up new custs if they buy the service.

    I was working from home a while back so got them to install FTTP and all they did was blow fibre down the trunking to the house and didn't charge me any installation fee.

    The Govt should make it a requirement that all new developments do this sort of thing as it saves a huge amount of time and digging.
  6. wacko

    wacko pfm Member

    In 2014 South Korea had an average of 24.6 Mbps. By far best in the world.
  7. mpj88

    mpj88 Well-Known Member

    I lived in a city centre flat and had 20Mb or so, I now live out in the sticks and could have up to 300Mb....go figure!
  8. Still

    Still he said his naim was ralph

    It's considered bad form for junior members to boast in such a manner.
    btw I'm not crying - just got a bit of grit in my eyes.


    (in the sticks & 10 years ago got 1Mb, same sticks today 2Mb)
  9. mpj88

    mpj88 Well-Known Member

    Ha, sorry! It does seem very hit and miss, we go to the inlaws and they're on about 2-3Mbps. Extremes!
  10. Derek Wright

    Derek Wright pfm Member

    but Still you chose to go live in deepest nowhere, moving from the favoured South East.
  11. stephen bennett

    stephen bennett Mr Enigma

    Like me? Norwich?

    Looks like 2mbs will be an overestimate—chances are that it'll be closer to 1mbs.

  12. Derek Wright

    Derek Wright pfm Member

    For Norwich you have to get your local MP made a PM or other of cabinet rank such that they can influence the road makers and Openreach to extract the digit to bring you up to date.
  13. stephen bennett

    stephen bennett Mr Enigma


  14. Derek Wright

    Derek Wright pfm Member

    the other way is to get a graduate of your local university into a significant position in Downing Street and then invite them to prestigious events in which they have a significant high profile role.

    Eventually they will get fed up with the drive and will improve the roads. So goes the story re the M40 and Oxford (as told in "Yes Prime Minister") many years ago.
  15. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    So much for Virgin cable installation scheduled for today. Two numpties in high vis jackets turned up unannounced yesterday sucking their teeth. The only work they did was spray paint a couple of arrows on the pavement out on the street and leave -followed by a cock and bull story on the phone later about needing Council permission and a delay till mid August.
  16. Still

    Still he said his naim was ralph

    fwiw I virtually flagellate myself daily re: bandwidth consequences for my choice of location.
    It's been really frustrating, as I seem to live just a bit too far for everything.
    An intermediate fibre cabinet was installed in near by village a year ago, but it's circa 1/4 mile too far away for the technology to provide a speed boost to me.
    There is '21st century technology' being installed in my exchange - circa 5miles away.
    iiuc this can provide a massive speed boost using the old copper cables, but plusnet support quickly rained on my parade by opining home is probably 1/2 a mile too far away for it to work.

    A few brave souls have been trying to set up a community owned/oprated fast isp via wifi.
    Of course this is a fiendishly tricky task, and they are far behind their timetable.
    Last I heard the project had ground to a halt - buried under the weight of openreach bureaucracy.

    I looked in to this.
    The Scottish government provide a grant for the cost of equipment for those with access problems.
    But to qualify ones speed has to be less than 2Mbs -mine is 2.1.
    The data cost is high, and there are various snags - lag, territorial content issues (e.g. BBC iplayer).
    So I decided to wait for improvements to local infrastructure (pls see above!).
  17. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    Still, do you also have a telephone exchange dating from the 1950s operated by two spinsters in shifts, who listen in to everyone's conversations then gossip freely about it?
  18. Still

    Still he said his naim was ralph

    Check out Mr flashy exchange technology!
  19. midband

    midband pfm Member

    Just checked if I can get BT Infinity. Still not available! I live just a mile & a half from Harrow; hardly the sticks. No choice but to sign up to Virgin fibre.
    Ofcom are a waste of space!
  20. stephen bennett

    stephen bennett Mr Enigma

    "Can I connect you to PornHub now sir?"



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