It was RevK who said AAISP is cheaper than BT, and RobertoS who wondered if it might be true, I was just setting the record straight.
I pointed out that the link badger gave was to a somewhat out-of-date page, and that I was unable to find a standard price on the BT website to which the service would presumably revert without warning at the end of the initial 12 months.
No doubt it is present in a BT Price list somewhere, but I don't regard that as acceptable.
In my view, the typical user in 2015 wants unlimited data. 2014 Ofcom data from across providers shows a mean of 91GB usage per month for FTTC users and rising, and about a quarter of users exceed the mean.
I think "typical user" is a somewhat woolly term. The typical user hasn't any idea about anything to do with broadband except what they see in adverts. Of course "unlimited" will be chosen by the millions of them if there is no obvious cost penalty.
Very few are aware of ISPs outside the widely advertised ones, and any with children are unlikely to go for the low-allowance packages from BT and Sky.
( Incidentally we do see quite a few on these forums using Sky or BT with allowance packages, and requests for reasonably priced broadband excluding the big boys are not uncommon - specifying that they don't need unlimited).
Do Ofcom have any source other than samknows for this data do you know? I wonder how many of the millions of typical users have samknows monitors, and what proportion of those are on FTTC. I have always felt the samknows box holders are a self-selecting geek sample and very likely to be unrepresentative.
Maybe I'm wrong in that view. I don't know anyone with such equipment.
There may be some answers in this report
, but there are a lot of composite apples and pears baskets there. The mere concept of an average speed across the UK is a nonsense.
I note they are hoping to improve their methodologies soon, but I gave up for now at Page 18.
In particular, I simply do not believe "a mean of 91GB usage per month for FTTC users and rising, and about a quarter of users exceed the mean"
can be accurate.
The indispensable man or woman passes from the scene, and what happens next is more or less the same thing as was happening before.
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