FTTC or Virgin?

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Gareth, Nov 14, 2010.

  1. Gareth

    Gareth Guest

    Just a quick request for advice: I am told, by the BT ADSL checker, that the
    street cabinet I use should be FTTC enabled by end of March and that I may
    be able to receive a downstream speed of 28 Mbps.

    I am current receiving a downstream speed of < 2 Mbps with a less than 72
    hour synch speed of 3904 Kbps.

    Would you switch to Virgin now (claiming availability of 50 Mbps) or wait
    until March for a possible Zen Internet speed of 28 Mbps?

    I'm paying about £25 a month for Zen Internet plus the BT line rental.

    With Virgin special offers (due to end 22/11) I would be paying less than
    that per month for the first six months for broadband (50 Mbps with minor
    traffic shaping only on P2P), television (more channels than Freeview and
    Sky 1) and landline telephone (free weekend calls). Then about £43 a month
    for the remaining 12 months (minus a £50 credit on the first bill minus a
    chashback website order tracking offer of about £60).

    I like Zen Internet (they are seriously and by far the best I have tried)
    but the money maths strongly suggest Virgin.

    Would I definitely get FTTC speeds shortly after rollout? I've read that an
    engineer visit may be needed. This suggests that the end result will not be
    a foregone conclusion.
    Gareth, Nov 14, 2010
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  2. Gareth

    Geo Guest

    Um no - not just P2P - also USENET (wrecked in the evenings at least and
    currently I have found no published time zones for thus throttling).
    And they have indicated previously that other throttling (as per lower Mbs
    offerings ) could be introduced on 50Mbs in the future.
    Geo, Nov 15, 2010
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