Thinking of upgrading to FTTC. I'm currently with talktalk LLU ADSL (business, wholesale) for broadband and phone line rental is Primus (Fuel Broadband). I'm about 2 miles from the exchange, and I think I'm connected through a cabinet about half way between. Current sync speed is in the range of 6 to 8Mb.
The Talktalk website availability checker (when logged into my account) gives me estimated speeds of 6.26/1.0Mb for ADSL, and 6.41/0.76Mb for fibre! Why would their fibre speed be lower than regular ADSL??
If I go on taltalk's public availability cehcker (i.e. without logging into my account), that gives a speed estimate of 6 to 16Mb down, 2Mb up.BT's availability checker, gives a speed estimate of 15 to 21 Mb. FTTC has been available for a couple of years here, and BT's speed estimate has always been around 15Mb.
Am I right in thinking that all the stuff between the my premises, the cabinet and the exchange is all BT/Openreach? I guess they have separate pipes to the exchange. But surely the limiting factor is going to be my FTTC line speed, which is way below the 38Mb max? Why are the speeds they estimate as so different?
I'd like to switch the phone to talktalk, and have the FTTC from them as a package, but not if the speed is going to still be 6Mb! If I take it out, and the speed does turn out to be no faster than ADSL!
Also, I've just bought a Draytek ADSL/VDSL router, so I don't need ISP supplied hardware, assuming it will work well enough with the FTTC supplier?