About 18 months ago I was happily getting a decent broadband speed from Orange on their 'up to 20mb' (using a LLU connection?). I used to get about 17 to 18mb most of the time and had been getting this for a couple of years.
Then they 'upgraded' the network/exchange and dumped me onto ip stream 'up to 8mb' (I think!)
Several phone calls later they admitted I was one of about 2% of people who lost speed due to the changes but stated that they couldn't do anything about it as "Sky now own the exchange". At the time, the BT speedtest thing said I was limited to an 'up to 8mb' connection but the Sky one suggested I could get 'up to 20mb'.
At that point I didn't see much of an option other than to move to Sky (didn't want to do that) or stick with the 'up to 8mb' connection, so I settled on the latter with a suitable bribe from Orange as I knew they were currently engaged in upgrading my exchange to use fibre so hoped I would be able to use fibre once the local area had been upgraded. In practice the fibre upgrades have now been completed but I can't have it because I'm too close to the exchange so connect directly to it rather than through a street cabinet!
Anyway, I noticed in October that the BT speed test was showing that I could expect a speed of about 17mb so I contacted Orange again to point out that my bill still says I'm paying for an 'up to 20mb' connection so why wasn't I on it? They agreed to put me on a different type of connection (WBC?) to get the faster speed if I signed up for another 12 month so I was happy to accept and they promised to upgrade and reprofile my line and that it should all be done within a couple of weeks. My new contract was started on the 4th of November 2012.
4 weeks later I still hadn't seen any speed increase so I phoned Orange (now EE) and was told, eventually, that they appeared to have 'forgotten' some part of the process but that they had now initiated the changes needed to complete the process but that it would take up to 10 days to settle down. I was told by the same 'engineer' that by the time I got home from work I should be able to see a new downstream connection speed even though my actual download speeds may be eratic for 10 days.
3 days later there had been no change to the downstream connection speed reported by my router - it remains at 8128kbps - so I phoned Orange again. An hour later I was being informed that it would change within the 10 days as the system worked out my optimum speed. This is in conflict with the statement by the previous engineer that the downstream connection speed should have increased by the time I got home. I tried arguing the point but the latest 'engineer' insisted I just had to wait.
Who is right? Should my downstream connection speed have changed by now (now 4 days since reprofiling started)?
This is what my Netgear router is currently reporting:
System Up Time 11:19:57
Port Status TxPkts RxPkts Collisions Tx B/s Rx B/s Up Time
WAN PPPoA 377612 440508 0 1860 4274 26:19:19
LAN 10M/100M 66944 0 0 133 0 26:19:48
WLAN 11M/54M 23083718 23001817 0 31458 24067 22:30:21
ADSL Link Downstream Upstream
Connection Speed 8128 kbps 448 kbps
Line Attenuation 6.0 db 2.5 db
Noise Margin 6.8 db 23.0 db
Thanks for any help on this,