At long last!! Goodbye 2mb!
Ordered, being installed Thurs 7th March, hardware on its way. Plusnet advise 48.5Mb down 8Mb up but have said it underestimates it, so will prob get higher. Anything is better than what I currently have.
For any other Cowie residents here, you may be interested to know that the reason the broadband is so slow in the village is down to the cables coming from the Exchange, which are in a very poor state and most of which struggle to cope when ADSL is applied to the circuit. When I moved into the village I was told by BT I would be lucky to get 1mb. I went with Plusnet as my ISP who thought I could get higher, the highest speed I had was a steady 4.5Mb download synching at 5Mb. This did not last long before a fault developed.
Over the past 12 months I have had 15+ Openreach engineer visits, who have swapped pairs, done a lift and shift, changed lines between cabinet and house etc. Every single time the "fault" was fixed, I would get a good speed which would then drop like a stone, then the line would go faulty again. The cables are unable to cope and Plusnet raised these concerns with Openreach via Wholesale, as you may have guessed Openreach could not care less and denied there was anything wrong with the cables as they can support PSTN service and therefore they have fulfilled their obligation as ADSL is not guaranteed. However, they are prepared to just continue to send staff to juggle with the lines until they hit a good one!
I'll be glad to see the back of the ADSL speeds and the hassle Openreach have caused with their total disregard for their network, and their "customers" I just hope that this FTTC will be trouble free. To those of you on the other side of the road served by the small cabinet 22, get in touch with your MP's who in turn will hassle Openreach as I am not sure chapping doors locally will help. I think that the only reason we got FTTC was Openreach knew the state of the main cables was poor and it was cheaper to leave them there and run fibre which will take a number of ADSL customers off those connections thus easing the pressure on the existing infrastructure, and saving them a fair bit of cash in the process! And to all the frustrated Openreach engineers who tried their best over the past 12 months to increase the speeds, a massive thank you, it is unfortunate that your hands were tied by Openreach management who appear to care more about penny pinching than providing a good network!
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