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40/10 vs 10/2 with FTTC

Chriz
Dabbler
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Registered: 06-11-2010

40/10 vs 10/2 with FTTC

Message from Plusnet staff with reference to getting me connected to FTTC:
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Dear Mr Hanna,
As discussed on our call, your line may not be stable enough to support the 40/10 fibre service, so we are going to try with 10/2 service to see if we can get a functioning connection.
Kind regards,
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Presumably the 40/10 service has a threshold, which if not met, it won't sync at all? (as this didn't work at my house with a 4.2km line length from the cabinet)
What I am wondering is: Will the 10/2 connection sync at the highest speed it can be stable at? Eg 1mbps? Or is there a limit it will not work at aswell?
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Plusnet Staff
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Registered: 04-04-2007

Re: 40/10 vs 10/2 with FTTC

Hi,
I think 4.2km is by far and away the longest line we've got on FTTC. From the data I've got anything above about 2km is starting to get to the point of the maximum distance. Beyond that the performance is supposed to be about the same as ADSL2+. That said my line (on ADSL2+ is around 4km and syncs around 6Mbps) so in theory you should be able to get a reasonable speed.
The 40/10 service by default will sync at any speed however if it's below 15Mbps then it gets classified differently. If a 40Mbps line is unstable the line speed will be reduced through different line profiles but they have minimum speeds in some cases which could be below what the line is actually capable of (because they assume a minimum of 15Mbps). If it's below 15Mbps then the minimum speed is 5Mbps. Hopefully by trying the lower speed they will force the line to sync up but at a lower speed. If it can't achieve 5Mbps then chances are BT will want to cease if they can't fix it as 5Mbps is lowest it's supposed to be allowed to go. I've not seen any lines that low yet (low teens are the lowest I've seen but on much shorter lines). Let us know how you get on and we'll see what we can do.