So just over a week ago, according to BT Openreach they have activated the new cabinet, but we still can’t place an order for “superfast” broadband.
I have also been using another method of checking progress which is the ADSL checker site from BT.
This is the result from my line.
As you can see the maximum downstream rate is no more than 1.5Mb/s.
According to my DSL router, the actual speeds I am getting are
DownStream Connection Speed – 1152 Kbps
UpStream Connection Speed – 440 Kbps
Which to be honest is not much good for anything these days, even web pages are so bloated these days, it can take an age to download a single web page from some sites. Flickr for example is really challenging to use. So you can imagine the challenges we face in streaming video, using services such as Skype or any kind of cloud service.
Just up the road, with a property connected to cabinet 17, you can see the different having a FTTC enabled cabinet can make on speeds.
You can see though the ADSL speed is better than mine at 7.5Mb/s, the FTTC rate is around 80MB/s.
I was also interested to see that fibre to the premises (FTTP) is also available on that cabinet to that specific line with a 330Mb/s downstream rate!
Doubt that will be available on cabinet 25.
BBC News are reporting though that this may change…
Telecoms regulator Ofcom forced BT to legally separate its broadband infrastructure division Openreach in March.
Since the split, Openreach has pledged to offer super-fast fibre broadband to 10 million homes by 2025, using technology known as fibre to the premises (FTTP) which it had previously said was too expensive for wide rollout.
I know, I know I should be happy I am getting FTTC and not worry too much about FTTP.