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"What a scandal: the truth about British broadband"

lingbob
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Registered: 05-04-2007

"What a scandal: the truth about British broadband"

For those who haven't already read it:

Interesting article
from the Sunday Times.
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Alecto
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Posts: 2,886
Registered: 30-07-2007

"What a scandal: the truth about British broadband"

Fascinating article, Martin.

Confirms what we knew all along I suppose, and shows that we could be far worse off than we are with Plusnet.
lingbob
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Posts: 734
Registered: 05-04-2007

"What a scandal: the truth about British broadband"

Absolutely!

I'll be printing the article out and sending it to my MP Wink
Alecto
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Registered: 30-07-2007

"What a scandal: the truth about British broadband"

Your MP has probably got shares in Carphone Warehouse. :lol:
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"What a scandal: the truth about British broadband"

Did anyone pick up which ISP got the highest average speed out of the six :-)
shellsong
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Registered: 03-08-2007

"What a scandal: the truth about British broadband"

The trouble is that the article didn't deal with the real problem area of british broadband-- the broadband quality (or lack of it!) of the "last mile" BT infrastructure between home or office and exchange, never mind the kludgey state of affairs inside the exchanges!
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"What a scandal: the truth about British broadband"

I'm interested how the author of the article came to this:
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Of half a dozen internet service providers (ISPs) tested in the evening peak during July and August, none came close to delivering the new target for high-speed internet — 8 megs (the informal abbreviation for Mbps, the unit by which the transfer of broadband data across a phone line is measured). The highest speed achieved was 2.52 megs

I've only skimmed over the article but where did he get his stats from / What tests did he do?
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"What a scandal: the truth about British broadband"

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Did anyone pick up which ISP got the highest average speed out of the six :-)


:lol: im assuming your making a statement there as the obvious answer is "Plusnet with an average 2.52" Compared tot he lowest which was about 800 or so.
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Registered: 13-06-2007

"What a scandal: the truth about British broadband"

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I'm interested how the author of the article came to this:
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Of half a dozen internet service providers (ISPs) tested in the evening peak during July and August, none came close to delivering the new target for high-speed internet — 8 megs (the informal abbreviation for Mbps, the unit by which the transfer of broadband data across a phone line is measured). The highest speed achieved was 2.52 megs

I've only skimmed over the article but where did he get his stats from / What tests did he do?


If you read a couple of paragrpahs down it says

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In speed tests carried out by consumers at ADSLGuide, the average evening download rates for two services advertised as “up to” 8 megs differed by a factor of three (0.86 megs for TalkTalk; 2.52 megs for PlusNet).
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"What a scandal: the truth about British broadband"

Ah yeh.. that could be anything though. I bet most of those tests where carried out by people with stuck BRAS's.. etc..
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"What a scandal: the truth about British broadband"

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im assuming your making a statement


More a bit of a gloat rather than a statement :twisted:
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"What a scandal: the truth about British broadband"

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Did anyone pick up which ISP got the highest average speed out of the six

I'm sceptical... as I'm led to believe that PN's traffic management prioritises the ADSLG speedtest (and a few others) Wink
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"What a scandal: the truth about British broadband"

Could they give me just a bit more priority then please :-)

Downstream 4,251.2 Kbps ( = 4.2 Mbps )
Upstream 686.2 Kbps ( = 0.7 Mbps )