Thanks for offering support/advice.
Am feeling pretty glum at the moment....
OK, firstly, when I say 'never', is not strictly true. I just mean 'not in the forseeable future'.
I am told that my local cabinet will NOT be upgraded to FTTC, and is only 'under consideration' as a FTTP area. And even if successful, FTTC will not be installed until at least March 2015.
So......I am stuck with my current service for at least 2 more years (despite my town's exchange being upgraded with fibre, and some cabinets already been upgraded).
Regarding my current performance, I used to be with plusnet where I barely got 0.5Mbs.
I moved to Sky a year or so ago, and this increased to around 1.6Mbs which I 'enjoyed' for 6-9 months.
It then dropped to around 1.2Mbs which I thought was temporary, but I was stuck with it for several months.
I called Sky, they performed some tests and confirmed that from their side everything was ok.
But they did 'something' (although I don't think they admitted it), as my speed increased to its current 1.42Mbs.
We only use ONE telephone socket in the house. My telephone base station and broadband router are plugged into this single socket (via a microfilter),
More specifically they are plugged into the test socket behind the faceplate of this master socket.
My router is next to the socket and is connected with a short cable.
My router is a Netgear DGND3700 v2 (which I feel is much better than the one supplied by Sky)
So....I think 'I' have done everything that I can think of to maximise the speed at my end.
My line stats are as follows:
ADSL Link Downstream UPstream
Link rate 1589 Kbps 598 Kbps
Line attenuation 68.0 dB 43.8 dB
Noise margin 9.5 dB 6.6 dB
Any advice/suggestions would be gratefully received.
Else, I have already started looking at alternatives - £64.60 pm for satellite (ouch!), or even mobile broadband (3G £25pm with 15Gb quota with 3, or even 4G £26pm with 8Gb quote with EE)