That leaves me with various FTTC options. The checker says I can get 43-61mb. I am well aware they are all going to run at the same speed *to the exchange*, what I am more interested in is throttling and the quality of their network/peering which will ultimately affect the connection. And I assume once the connection gets past the exchange, it then moves over that isp''s own network, producing different speeds and quality of connection depending on their network and how good their peering is.
So I now have to select from BT, Sky, plusnet, voda, zen, aaisp, talktalk, idnet.
I am trying to weigh up the pros and cons of each. I play online games where ping and quality of connection is essential as well as download a fair bit (nothing huge, maybe 200-300gb in a big month, I use the 4k netflix as well). Any supplied router will be used in modem mode as I will use my own router.
Voda - £27 but known for terrible service and I am not sure their network will be particularly good as they are not a proper isp
Talktalk - £30, 12 months. Not sure how good their network is or how good their service is, guaranteed no price rises and this looks like a strong contender.
Sky - £30 but 18 month contract instead of 12. the best tv supplier in the country but not interested in that at this point. not sure about strength of network or service.
plusnet - £31.99, well known good isp, i would expect their network to be good but they are also quite cheap so not sure how good it would be for stable low pings and peering. customer service has gone down but probably still better than most.
zen £43.99, very expensive but should provide a very good network and very good service
aaisp £45, most expensive and provides no modem and no phone line either, will provide top network and service, but i seriously doubt it is worth £15per month more than talktalk, sky or plusnet, assuming those provide a good service.
BT £44.99 but drops to £35 taking into account the £175 gift card over the 18 months. potentially good network due to close links with openreach and being a long established isp I would expect good peering too. Not particularly cheap even with the gift card, known for poor service but better than voda.
I am struggling to pick a winner from that lot. Ordinarily ignoring price I would have just gone for AAISP, and then Zen (coming from Nildram back in the day, I am used to top notch connections and paying extra for it). But I think they have both priced themselves out of the market and I don't think I can justify paying £45 a month just for the broadband which is a 50% markup on the likes of talktalk and sky when I don't know I will get ANY benefit from it what so ever AND be stuck with a 200gb usage cap which isnt enough.
I have done a bit of reading and all I see is various comments about them being the same due to them all using the same openreach product, without addressing the fact that each isp will have their own network beyond the exchange and their own peering arrangements. So does anyone have any insights that might help me make a decision here?
I think it is likely to come down to BT, plusnet, IDNET or AA.
Edited by Ewok (Sun 18-Feb-18 20:44:30)