Dear Fellow Forumers,
Working at an ISP I like to keep myself up to date with the latest developments on BT Wholesales broadband network and BT Openreachs upgrades to the infrastructure and PSTN network.
In recent times we have seen upgrades to FTTC and FTTP available and in some cases offering speeds of around 330Mbps (where available) and 40Mbps on standard FTTC offerings. Unfortunately you need to be on a connected Exchange to take up these "super fast" speeds of tomorrow.
Okay so the post is titled up to 24Mbps. That is BTs "super fast" non fibre technology offering maximum throughput of 21Mbps (IP Profile constraints).
I have been plodding along on the ADSL Max up to 8Mbps for the past few years and prior to that been on the very old ADSL offerings of 512Kbps and 1Mbps fixed line services. Finally that is all about to change! With ADSL2 now being made available at no extra cost (for the majority of ISPs). Obviously to take advantage of this your Exchange needs to be upgraded but I believe Oughtibridge is one of the few that were lagging behind so to speak.
You can check the availability of services at the link below. It will take you directly to BT Wholesales availability checker and will also provide you with a speed estimate for your own Copper line:
It gives output details like the below:
For Telephone Number 0114286XXXX on Exchange OUGHTIBRIDGE
Your exchange is ADSL enabled, and our initial test on your line indicates that your line should be able to have an ADSL broadband service that provides a fixed line speed up to 2Mbps.
Our test also indicates that your line currently supports an estimated ADSL Max broadband line speed of 8Mbps; typically the line speed would range between 7Mbps and 8Mbps.
Our test also indicates that your line currently supports an estimated ADSL2+ broadband line speed of 17Mbps; typically the line speed would range between 10Mbps and 19.5Mbps. Our test also indicates that your line could support an estimated ADSL 2+ Annex-M broadband upstream line speed of 1.5Mbps and downstream line speed of 17Mbps; typically the downstream speed would range between 10Mbps and 19.5Mbps.
I'm lucky as my line is only about 445Metres so this means I will hopefully be attaining a sync rate of at least 18Mbps!
So thats it folks. No real need in this post but I hope it prompts everyone to check what they're getting in terms of service.
One last point I want to add, before anyone moans about there speed please check you internal set ups. Generally people are plugged into a 20Mtr extension with a 5 year old filter. Do you wonder why you aren't receiving your speed estimate! Check the link below for all the checks you should do to get the VERY BEST broadband speeds.
Any questions please throw them out there. Hope you all have a lovely bank holiday weekend!