Anything else I should be considering? I thought of a bundle with Sky but I am worried the internet will be [censored] (slow down at peak times etc.) and Freesat (which also wasn't available before we left) looks like it has everything we would need.
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Sky have a commitment nowadays that they will not slow you down during peak times. This means the service never slows down. It is 24/7 full speeds. Nothing is throttled or held back either. There is no traffic management and no fair use. This means that even torrents go at full wack and you can download Terrabytes a month.
Sky delayed launching their fibre broadband service. They meanwhile upgraded their backhaul massively over the last few years. This now means Sky can deliver 80Mbps broadband and even this DOES NOT slow down during peak times. I see 9Mb/s downloads at peak hours.
Sky are now ready at the exchanges in terms of backhaul so that as soon as infinity becomes available Sky can provide almost straight away. So your exchange will have no doubt already been upgraded in terms of backhaul in anticipation.
The fibre broadband runs on the same backhaul as the standard ADSL broadband. So if those on fibre can get 80Mbps 24/7 you can EASILY pull 20Mbps on their ADSL broadband no problems.
As long as it's their LLU broadband at 7.50 a month it will not slow down. Do not worry. Also BE at the moment are having lots of issues in terms of backhaul and routing to certain sites. I would not recommend. They are definitely overrated nowadays because they once were really good.
Telefonica (the parent company of BE) are not offering fibre services. Ask yourself why? They don't have the back haul to deliver speeds that fast without major slowdowns for everyone. Not only this they are starving the network of investment because they don't have the capital to carry out upgrades. Their financial position isn't great and it's beginning to show. They are becoming akin to virginmedia in terms of running the network into the ground before sorting anything out.
Sum up: go with Sky.
Sky purchased the easynet network which already had sheer backhaul and have built upon it massively. They are doing a good job with it and they have their eggs in so many baskets it doesn't matter if they make a loss on Broadband as they recoup it with calls or TV. Hence it's so cheap.
EDIT: The router they provide is good too. It is the most stable thing I've ever seen in my life. I often have 15+ devices connected as I've got a big household. It has still sustained over 3000 hours of uptime that's 125 days. Even then it didn't crash, I turned it off. It also handles 75Mbps fine on the wifi side of things so you would easily see full speeds on wifi on an ADSL 2+ connection with them.
Edited by ukhardy07 (Fri 14-Sep-12 00:46:18)