I'm trying to help out some friends who live in the Isle of Dogs area of London E14. Despite being in the shadow of Canary Wharf, this is a notorious broadband NotSpot, Any form of ADSL is woefully slow and very unreliable no matter who provides it. This down to the distance to the Poplar Exchange and the poor quality of the Openreach cabling to get there.
So I am wondering if FTTC would be any better given that there should be less copper and less joints involved?
I've checked the numbers on the BT Wholesale checker here, please see the screenshots below.
The "Up to" downstream line rates quoted for ADSL quoted agree with the best rates currently achieved. However the reality is that the actual rate is significantly lower most of the time. But what about FTTC?
As well as a PlusNet change to fibre I'm also considering the Vodafone Unlimited Fibre 38 offer with free line rental, which is supposed to be available albeit an 18 month commitment. Even if the fibre speed is impaired, if the reliability is there it would be a major improvement.
Any thoughts? All help appreciated.