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Am I destined to be stuck on 1Mb Slowband forever?

samskellern
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Am I destined to be stuck on 1Mb Slowband forever?

I have been with plusnet since 2004, when my exchange got activated, on a measly 1mb. Now 1mb at the time was great coming from dial up internet, but now even 1mb isnt fast enough no more for the new generation of cloud based computing, SDTV & HDTV streaming, and films on demand from services like Lovefilm and even Sky's new SkyGo web streaming service. My exchange is a rural one, less than 1000 premises connected to it, no LLU of any sort, no ADSL2+, no Fibre and absolutely no go live dates for any of these faster services from any company even BT have no set date for Broadband Connect. So is this it? Has the internet progressed to the point where even 1mb internet feels like the old 56k days? What is the future for me? Even mobile broadband delivers a measly 1mb, with a paltry 15gb download limit on a 24 month contract from 3!!!
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samskellern
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Re: Am I destined to be stuck on 1Mb Slowband forever?

Oh, and I must add that I used to get 2mb speeds when ADSL Max was brought out, but as more and more people connect to broadband around here, crosstalk on the 7km line has quickly dropped me back down to where I started!!
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Re: Am I destined to be stuck on 1Mb Slowband forever?

Sam
http://community.plus.net/forum/index.php/topic,97499.msg823411.html#msg823411
It may be something to do with "grandmothers eggs and sucking" but I had a similar experience experience. 4/5 years on about 800Kbps and then I joined PN. The problem was my internal wiring but the previous ISP didn't advise me.
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samskellern
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Re: Am I destined to be stuck on 1Mb Slowband forever?

Thanks, I have no extensions at all on my line, and even have the new phone socket with test socket inside it, and a inbuilt ADSL filter on the front.
These are my linestats:
--- System Information ---
Vendor: Linksys
ModelName: WAG320N
Firmware Version: 1.00.12 , 2010-03-22T10:51:43
Boot Version: 1.06
Hardware Version: 0.01
--- DSL Information ---
DSL Driver Version:  AnnexA version - A2pB023k.d21d
DSL VPI/VCI:         0/38
DSL Status:          Showtime
DSL Mode:            G.DMT
DSL Channel:        
DSL Upstream Rate:   448 Kbps
DSL Downstream Rate: 2208 Kbps
                     Down         up    
DSL Noise Margin:     4.9 dB       9.0 dB
DSL Attenuation:     63.5 dB      31.5 dB
DSL Transmit Power:  17.5 dBm     11.9 dBm
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Re: Am I destined to be stuck on 1Mb Slowband forever?

In answer to the first question - either you move house or you are stuck in the slow lane  Sad
Out of interest what does the BT speedtest give
samskellern
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Re: Am I destined to be stuck on 1Mb Slowband forever?

FAQ

Test1 comprises of Best Effort Test:  -provides background information.
Download  Speed
1520 Kbps
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Re: Am I destined to be stuck on 1Mb Slowband forever?

We need the rest of it - IP profile and while you are at it the Current Line Speed from https://portal.plus.net/my.html?action=data_transfer_speed although from your sync rate I would expect an IP profile of 1750kbps and the speed test isn't far adrift for that
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Re: Am I destined to be stuck on 1Mb Slowband forever?

The high DL attenuation suggests you have a long line to the exchange and are probably at it's limit, sync wise. Even ADSL2+ would not give you much of an improvement due to the high signal loss. I could only just manage 2Mbs DS on a 58dB attenuation and you are further away than me.
I suspect fibre is the only way you will get faster speeds, as happened to me.
samskellern
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Re: Am I destined to be stuck on 1Mb Slowband forever?

Download speedachieved during the test was - 1520 Kbps
For your connection, the acceptable range of speeds is 400-2000 Kbps.
Additional Information:
Your DSL Connection Rate :2208 Kbps(DOWN-STREAM), 448 Kbps(UP-STREAM)
IP Profile for your line is - 1750 Kbps
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Re: Am I destined to be stuck on 1Mb Slowband forever?

As we thought - you are stuck with those speeds unless you move house  Sad Sad
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Re: Am I destined to be stuck on 1Mb Slowband forever?

Or get open reach to bring the exchange closer to your home. Sad
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samskellern
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Re: Am I destined to be stuck on 1Mb Slowband forever?

So will I ever get fibre? Whatever happened to the government promise of 2mb for all?!!
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Re: Am I destined to be stuck on 1Mb Slowband forever?

Have you checked your exchange on Samknows and this latest announcement
http://www.btplc.com/News/Articles/Showarticle.cfm?ArticleID=6B440E94-F7D0-4317-BAD8-7391B44783A7
samskellern
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Re: Am I destined to be stuck on 1Mb Slowband forever?

Thanks! Just had a look at the press release and non of those newly announced exchanges sound even remotely local unfortunately Sad
Sam knows results show how dire it is round here!!  Cry
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JamesK
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Re: Am I destined to be stuck on 1Mb Slowband forever?

Quote from: samskellern
So will I ever get fibre? Whatever happened to the government promise of 2mb for all?!!

Ah that was a whole government ago!
I was actually at a rural broadband conference in Suffolk earlier this year which had a keynote speech given by Ed Vaizey, the minister in charge or Broadband. In a nutshell, he said that they had dropped plans for 2mbs broadband to become part of the universal service commitment because they had decided that it was not sufficient and there had been a general refocus on providing super fast (40mbs+) broadband.
I can see the reasoning behind this, why continue to push a technology that's already out of date however it doesn't help people that genuinely can't get broadband.
There is a glimmer of hope in that mobile operators can now use the 2G spectrum for 3G services which should help them to rollout mobile broadband to rural areas however on an exchange with less then 1000 users it's pretty unlikely you'll see FTTC any time soon.
I share you're pain!