His cabinet was delayed for a long time, in the end he went for allpay wireless, the cabinet went live soon afterwards IIRC.
I feel he's constantly trying to self justify his decision.
I don't have to justify anything to myself or anyone, but I will, just for you.
I did not just go out one day and say, oh I think I will go with Allpay. I have wanted to get rid of BT infrastructure for a while, I don't see the sense in having and paying for a phone line I don't use. but the only option was 3G, expensive and not that reliable.
As you said, FTTc was taking ages around here, BT was pushing it backwards time and time again, I was pretty sure I did not want FTTC anyway and at that time it was far too expensive.
I went into town to meet a friend for coffee on a Saturday, Allpay had one of their vans there, so after a chinwag I had a thought about it for a few weeks and then decided to go for the 5Mb/s service. Cheaper than what I was paying with ADSL24 by a squid and a higher speed, buy 1-2 Megabits, also get rid of the phone line would save me another £12 a month. The only downfall was the installation cost and the 2 year contract. i had a visit from a rep, had another chinwag, agreed a date for installation.
The day they installed it, the rain was pouring down, with thunder and lightning. I would not have liked to be on that roof in that weather, but they done it and i got a longer pole for my TV aerial, which was not and still not used anyway, but it is in a better place.
I decided a few months after to pay a bit extra and up the speed to 10, Still paying a little bit less than I was for 3Mb/s and a phone line. I still got VoIP, so i still got a home number so my Dad can phone me and that it cost me nothing unless I use it, i stuck a tenner on it 18 months ago, something like that and still got £8 or so on it.
Yes, a few weeks after FTTC up here was put in place. My next door neighbour had it late last year and to be honest i am not that impressed with it, they get about 20Mb/s, with it, ok it is faster than their 2Mb/s they had before, not sure if it is worth it for them since they only use the net once in a blue moon. But for that they are paying more than me for another 10Mb/s than me, if they get it.
i got the Wi-fi ket for their network as I keep a eye on things for them, so do a speed est now and again, I just done it now to see if they are any faster, and I today at this moment they are getting a ping of 1021, wow that is a shock. i know my pings are not low, but i expect that. a fdownload speed of 0..43 and a upload speed of 0.31.
Just put myself back on my own network
45ms ping, 11.43Mb/s download and 1.45Mb/s upload
it comes up as Zen as allpay uses Zen.
I presume Bt must have a problem, that is normal to be honest, but I have doen tests where they get about 20 and that is it.
The only great advantage I would have by going FTTC is upload speed.
Never going to say it will never happen, but i am happy with the service I get and if I need to cut back money wise I can just go back to 5Mb/s which to be honest will still do the job and i can still watch netflix, even in HD, but not super high and not 1080.
I think I made the right choice, it is not for everyone, but it does what I want and i can understand why people go for FTTC as long as it works.
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