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Re: [LUG] Fwd: UK 'misled' on broadband speeds


On Tue, 27 Jul 2010, Anthony Williams wrote:

On 27/07/10 16:11, Gordon Henderson wrote:
On Tue, 27 Jul 2010, Anthony Williams wrote:

On 27/07/10 13:32, John Williams wrote:
On Tue, 2010-07-27 at 12:58 +0100, Rob Beard wrote:

Are there any better deals around on packages over 100GB-150GB per month
that anyone has noticed ?

I use ukonline (http://www.ukonline.co.uk). All their packages are
unlimited usage, and very good value. The only "limit" is their "fair
usage policy",

So not unlimited then...

There is no cap on bytes, and the FUP only caps bandwidth during peak time (5pm-midnight). This is quite different to other ISPs I've looked at, which cap bytes as well as bandwidth. Some even have an explicit byte cap on their "unlimited" tariffs.

It's not unlimited if there is a cap!

It's impossible for an ISP to provide unlimited data - because BT charge them for it...

They don't have their equipment in our exchange, so I'm stuck to a BT
50:1/up to 8Mbps connection which is typically 6-7Mbps during the day,
but <2Mbps (often <1Mbps) in the evening. With their equipment you can
get a 20:1/up to 16Mbps connection, but I don't know how good that
really is.

There is no 50:1 or 20:1 anymore. It's managed differently.

Interesting. Their website still quotes those numbers, and every other ISP I spoke to when I signed up (~18 months ago, I think) mentioned the 50:1 contention. Where can I find more information on this?


Your slowdowns in the evening are caused by their own network, or
interconnect with the BT Wholesale network being inadequate. Very
probably nothing to do with the BT Wholsale network itself.

Why do you think that? The connection here has always been slow in the evening, even with my previous ISP (onetel, who got bought out by TalkTalk). The exchange is not unbundled, so it's still a BT line.

It's always been slow because you've always used an oversubscribed ISP.

To get out of that bracket, you need to pay a bit more.


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