Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Sifter3000, 21 Apr 2010.
There's still life in the old copper wire yet, this just proves the point. I haven't seen any speed increases by using fibre optic cable over copper at all, in fact I've seen just the opposite, my BT line is a damn site faster than my Virgin line ever was and I'm on the same package too. Virgin couldn't handle anything more than xbox live and web browsing (facebook games used to cause serious lag) but my BT line can cope with xbox live, online pc gaming, folding@home and live streaming tv all at the same time with no noticable lag. I used to be a fibre-optic fanboy but have had to seriously reconsider my views after the switch to BT
Sounds like you were on an oversubscribed router......the perennial failure of fibre optic broadband....
It really is a post code lottery as to what kind of experience you will get with Virgin....live in an area where not many people are online and its fantastic, 20,50 or 100mb all day long.....be unlucky enough to live in a congested area, and its crap, like being back on 56k.....
Its why i went back to DSL......i can only get 5mb due to exchange location, but i know i can get 5mb 24/7 no matter how busy it gets in the evening...
Sounds very good. Up to 300mb speeds would be impressive. Passing some of the cost to the consumer sounds like it could be quickly adopted, e.g. if it requires a different 'microfilter' or some such device. I'd imagine an up to 300mb connection wouldn't be cheap, but an up to 50mb or 100mb for ten or fifteen quid a month with an initial setup fee would be taken up.
Just give me more upload... download is fine @ 16Mb/s.
And that is not a technical issue. So for me it's nice to know it's possible but mainly.. meh.
And yet BT would still find some reason to throttle it to 300Kb/s at peak times........
300mb over 400m and then shoots down too 100mb over 1km so your still looking at 30mb if you live 2km away or more, i know my old house was 2miles from the nearest exchange so this looks no faster to me, plus your sending more data down an old copper wire means your gonna get more packet loss.
Virgin fibre hasn't let me down yet with crazy download speeds its awesome , i would say let the copper die out but having fibre to all homes is going to take a while.
M_D_K - if BT put fiber to the junction boxes, which they have already started, then we should be able to have 300Mb to our houses using this. It saves BT having to put fiber from the junction boxes to our houses (an order of magnitude more expensive).
Smells like just another excuse to put prices up and not bother upgrading the whole system.
I'm paying £20 a month for 6mb now so I would pay another £10 month for 20mb or more, I really hate slow speeds.
yeah really just go fiber if you need to install new lines.. bell labs is awesome but this stinks of white collar airport bathroom guys
300Mb/s? with all the capping going thats really pointless, besides most likely it will only ever be implemented for downloads even though upload speeds in the uk are beyond pathetic, ever tried to upload a larger number of photos at once?
I'd rather have 10Mb/s up and down without limitations than a promised speed of 300Mb/s which only happens at 3am on Tuesdays and if several Pcs download Windows updates the Capping kicks in...
living out in the sticks i just cannot see them doing anything to get us a decent speed , people belly aching as they are stuck with 8.........12 mhz you are so lucky, here i have on a good day around 700kb now folk don,t laugh but it is true i just cannot get faster.
Well this certainly looks promising for the US at least.
Bring it on! Cooper is cheaper than fibre-optic
At least, that's what all the guys are saying .
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