My exchange has FTTC, so I'm thinking of making the change to BT Infinity. I have a few questions that I hope some you guys on here could answer...
I'm currently with O2 for my broadband and getting a 12Mbps connection. On the BT Infinity website it says that I should be able to get 40Mbps. According to another website (Sam Knows) I live 580m from my exchange (in a straight line). I think the cabinet is 25m away from my house. Guys who have FTTC- what speed do you get? I've read that if BT supply you with anything above 10Mbps they are happy, even if you don't get close to 40. I don't fancy paying an extra £12 monthly for a similar speed, so if I paid that extra money I'd like a guarantee that I'd be getting somewhere close to the 40 they offer. Also, with the speed doubling that will take place soon, if I was to get say 35Mbps on Infinity, is there any way of predicting how much would I be looking at when doubled?
Best thing about my broadband package is I'm on one of the old O2 packages, so I don't get traffic management on my line. I get a consistent speed which is great for streaming, P2P and XBox Live. BT Infinity has traffic shaping at peak times though, and I'm wondering how much this affects the speed. I get up to 1.4MBps downloads on uTorrent at all times. BT Infinity at its best can currently get close to 5MBps on P2P which is excellent, but what is it like during the peak times? If it is anything less than 1.4MBps during peak times then it isn't really worth it for me.
I can get FTTC but not FTTP. I've read about BT having FTTP on demand next year, and I'd definitely be interested in this. Does anyone have any information on this with regards to costing? As I said I live about 25m from my nearest cabinet (I think!) so not too much fibre-optic cable would be required. How much would that much cabling cost? Is there any way I could get this done before the FTTP on demand option is available?
O2 announced in June last year that they would be trialling FTTC later in 2011, but as of yet there hasn't been an update. BT supposedly has poor customer service, and I'm perfectly happy with O2 so I'd rather stay with O2 fibre optic if possible. Anyone have any updates on O2s plans to roll out FTTC?
With regards to my BT line, I have a couple of questions. Firstly, I am not the named account holder for my BT line, will this cause a problem with BT? I want the internet in my name. Secondly, we're currently on a basic package with BT, paying £14.40 quarterly. On the BT Infinity website, when looking at ordering the package it says you have to take a 10.75 monthly line rental package- is this mandatory? Am I able to keep my current package and upgrade to FTTC?