Speed of Broadband in the UK

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Annoyed at how slow the loading times are for videos on YouTube, iplayer etc ?

Annoyed by the speed claims from suppliers which are just not routed in reality?

BT even had an advert banned for claiming that their speeds are absolute.

What is needed is a good fibre broadband connected infrastructure which is BT’s responsibility, there is also Virgin’s which has its own high speed network.  Although it is good to have some competition Britain could end up with two high speed networks in some places and nothing in others.  They say that the end users don’t need fibre to the door, what they really mean is they want to save money and still use the copper wires from the exchange to people’s home and business.

If they did it properly the way the Australians are doing, it could cost in excess of £30bn this might be a huge investment but Britain would truly benefit from this . It would also mean that the claims of high speeds made by BT and others would actually be true.

The number of users in Britain currently stands at around 400,000 when this is compared to our neighbours this is most embarrassing as France has fibre to 6 million homes, so why can’t we?

There has been numerous occasions when our customers complain of the speed of their broadband, so we then check to see if fibre is available to them in their area only to find out that it’s not.

We need the politicians to get involved here to set proper real targets to get Britain up to speed when it comes to fibre, we are already lagging behind other leading countries and it is only going to get worse!

As a comparison between BT’s network and Virgin please see what broadbandchoices.co.uk have to say:

BT is using fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) technology for the majority of its new network, which runs fibre optic cables to streetside telephone cabinets but uses copper wires from there to your home. Because of this, you might still experience some slow down in speeds – BT says that customers on its up to 40Mb packages will get a minimum download speed of 15Mb.

But around 25% of BT’s network will be made up of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections, where cables will be run direct to homes and businesses, offering speeds of up to 100Mb.

On the other hand, Virgin Media’s network uses high speed coaxial cables throughout, which the provider says will give you a better online experience. All customers on its 50Mb or 100Mb packages have the potential to reach their top speed – no matter where they live – and according to Ofcom, Virgin Media’s 50Mb customers enjoyed impressive average speeds of between 47.7 and 49Mb in May 2011.


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