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Standard User trolleybus
(committed) Sun 05-Oct-14 09:49:48
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Re: Comparison between Cable and FTTC Speeds


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In reply to a post by noppix1:
Yeah I would very much doubt they would go around changing deep cycle batteries unless the line is for a critical reason use. Andrew do you have any inside information on the cab hardware (i.e the size of the batteries used (Amp hours (and inverters if any))).


Last Christmas I had an area wide four day power failure, very quickly in that saga the FTTC service went down followed shortly afterwards with no mobile service as well. Being a VoIP user. I had no phones either except for bringing into to service a "simple" corded phone connected to the line used for broadband.

I thought it might of been possible to have a broadband dial up service from the laptop using an external modem I had, but couldn't think how to achieve that.

Maybe in my lifetime FTTH will become available but that incident highlights the importance of always having a phone line for those little emergencies.
Standard User Carbis
(newbie) Sun 05-Oct-14 10:01:32
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Re: Comparison between Cable and FTTC Speeds


[re: noppix1] [link to this post]
 
In reply to a post by noppix1:
Yeah I would very much doubt they would go around changing deep cycle batteries unless the line is for a critical reason use. Andrew do you have any inside information on the cab hardware (i.e the size of the batteries used (Amp hours (and inverters if any))).

We had a local power fault and Open Reach came and replaced our nearly discharged batteries with a set of fully charged ones from a local cabinet (where there was not a power supply fault) to extend the operating time. Most impressed!
So they have a 'plan' for isolated power faults.
Standard User Ribble
(fountain of knowledge) Sun 05-Oct-14 10:59:30
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Re: Comparison between Cable and FTTC Speeds


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They'll last upto 12 hours depending on the cabinet load, the state of charge can be remotely monitored. In the event of a loss of mains supply openreach will keep changing out the batteries regularly or deploy a mobile trailer to provide longer run times.

Edited by Ribble (Sun 05-Oct-14 11:00:38)


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Standard User Livebox
(regular) Sun 05-Oct-14 18:04:58
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Re: Comparison between Cable and FTTC Speeds


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Thanks for the info guys, I am going to research what predicted speeds I may get with FTTC and go with that unless the predicted speeds are very low (but it is a built up area so unlikely). As I don't know anyone on the same street I won't be able to predict VM levels of traffic anyway.

Also interesting to hear that the FTTC cabinets have batteries to keep things going, but how many people have a UPS at home??
Standard User samsonite2014
(newbie) Wed 19-Nov-14 09:23:15
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Re: Comparison between Cable and FTTC Speeds


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I am sure it has been said many times, but there is no general answer on which is better per se, it is almost entirely down to the street or even property. In fact at the street level, V Media will be consistent - e.g. houses on that street will most likely get the same speeds and also they either will or will not be affected by peak time utilisation. If you can find out from someone on a particular street what peak speeds they get then you will have a good idea. BT/Openreach infrastructure is a different story due to the use of phone lines - a next door neighbour could have wildly different speeds due to the "last mile" connection, whereas VM/cable is simpler in that there is a "spine" down the road with coax cables coming off for each property.

Both networks have compromises so it depends on your needs too. It's partly down to the "unknown" details, which are very hard to find out if not impossible in some cases:

Virgin Media: With VM you will almost certainly get the maximum speed advertised, but the question is whether your street has utilisation issues. If you worked from home, then you will most likely enjoy full speed during the day regardless of utilisation issues. If you only use your internet connection in the evening, then utilisation issues are a much bigger deal.

BT/Openreach: the compromise here is different and more permanent in a way - you will not really know your max speed until you have it up and running. Utilisation issues are not so apparent, but actually what happens is that as more people get connected in your area, your max speed generally goes down.

For some perspective, I myself did run both BT Infinity 2 and Virgin, but started on BT and recently quit and kept Virgin.

My BT Infinity 2 experience was: You should get in the region of 76Mb/s - great. Installed, get 60Mb/s so that's a disappointment. Oh well have to live with it or look at something else. Over 2 years, max speed dropped to 35Mb/s - this was apparently due to "utilisation", more people being added to the network. Upload speeds were 5-6Mb/s which is not great considering that Infinity is potentially better for upload speeds that anyone else...

VM experience has been: Got told I could get 152Mb/s. Speed test on installation day was 157Mb/s. After a few months, speed tests were (and still are) 160+ Mb/s. Upload speeds are 12Mb/s 24/7. Compromises? I did have utilisation issues during peak times - my connection would sometimes drop below 100Mb/s however this has never affected anything and let's face it, is still faster than Infinity. They seem to have resolved the utilisation issues as I know get 150-160 Mb/s during peak times.

What a ramble - but there is no avoiding the fact that you need to know more about the real story of broadband on a particular street or property...
Standard User Livebox
(regular) Thu 27-Nov-14 20:37:38
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I opted for Virgin Media in the end, mostly as the box was already on the wall, and there was a very old adsl router plugged into the BT socket - suggesting to me that fibre would have taken longer to install.

I find very little congestion at peak times - but I did only opt for the 50mb download. Currently only 3mb upload is included which is not great, apparently increasing to 5 in the future. If you do website related work then this would probably be disappointing.
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