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UK Broadband "Notspots" Exposed

 11:44 am on May 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

UK Broadband "Notspots" Exposed [news.bbc.co.uk]
Around three million homes in the UK have broadband speeds of less than two megabits per second (2Mbps) according to research commissioned by the BBC.

The research revealed that so-called notspots are not limited to rural communities, with many in suburban areas and even streets in major towns.

Are you in one of the 'notspots'



 12:19 pm on May 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

Fortunately I am in a hotspot where cable is available. Right now I tested at 18Mb downlaod and .72Mb upload. Pretty good!


 1:46 pm on May 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

From home, I have noticed a marked downward shift in performance over the last two years. It's clear that come end of the school day and the kids get back home, performance drops off significantly.
I can only guess that the combination of contention ratio and availability of massive downloads, such as BBC iPlayer programs and YouTube videos, has contributed to the degradation.

Either way, my home is too far from the exchange to expect relatively high speeds. And there's no cable offering in the area, either.

We're heading for more problems, imho, unless the infrastructure gets significant investment.


 4:41 pm on May 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

Well in my area both my new house and my old house (mums house) the internet has been pretty rubbish even when on a good package. Speeds can range from 1mb at good times and much less in bad times.

I don't know if its the provider or just the distance to the exchange, its rubbish anyway I can't wait for the days of extreme speeds.


 3:47 pm on May 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

BT say I can get 4meg as against my ISP's advertised 8. The connection normally hovers around 2, sometimes down to .7 and very occasionally jumps up to around 3.

Mobile "broadband" is a joke. Connections usually drop after 10 minutes and speeds are often well below 1 meg. Speed isn't dependent on signal strength so I guess my provider (no names, just think of a number) has rather oversold the service. When my daughter moved to a flat without a landline I advised her not to go straight into a mobile contract but to buy her own usb modem then try all the providers out on PAYG first.

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