Since moving in to Rotherhithe, I have been using O2 Broadband's ADSL LLU package.
Using their default modem router, we used to get a link speed of 1.5-1.8Mbps however it would invariably disconnect and leave us without internet access for as long as 3 hours.
It wasn't long until we swapped the modem out with a respectable Linksys box. We now only get link speeds of ~800kbps down / ~800kbps up however we no longer suffer from drop outs. So it would seem that while up to 2mbps is possible down the line, the max stable speed is less than half of that!
Our area (like the vast majority of Rotherhithe) consists of new build properties, of which none have access to direct fibre services such as Virgin Media or BT Infinity's FTTC service. Looking at the Thinkbroadband map, it would seem that we are not suffering alone. I find it disgusting that it is possible to have such connection speeds some 2 miles from the heart of London and less than a mile from one of Europe's major financial/business districts! But I digress.
It would seem that our exchange (Bermondsey) will be enabled from December 2011, however when selecting my telephone number on the BT website, I'm told that my area is not due to be rolled out with FTTC!
Now I am aware that possible reasons include
- Location of property in relation to the home from the cabinet may not offer a stable service
- nearest cabinet may not be enabled with FTTC
- property may be connected directly to the exchange
Does anyone know where Rotherhithe stands as far as future FTTC coverage is concerned?