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So what sort of deals are Origin going to offer in order to attract users away from BT/SKY/TalkTalk?

 

If you are on currently on a BT ADSL connection and BT say your cabinet is not going to be upgraded to fibre

in the near future, but Origin say we will connect you to our fibre, I can see a reason to move.

 

If your are currently on a BT/SKY/TalkTalk fibre connection and you are happy with it, what would entice

you to move? What added value have Origin got to offer for you to even consider moving?

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So what sort of deals are Origin going to offer in order to attract users away from BT/SKY/TalkTalk?

 

They aren't, Origin were never a mainstream ISP like those. They don't really have much of a choice really, a small ISP simply cannot compete on price with those as they actually gamble on potentially making a loss on their broadband deals on the condition they will make it back over time due to loyalty, video on demand or the customer not being a heavy user.

 

Origin should be more directly compared with the likes of Zen Internet and AAISP. Basically, more specialised ISPs that offer static IPs, have lower contention ratios and are less likely to get court orders demanding they block piracy sites.

 

Origin have also suggested that they would like to try line bonding, something none of the major ISPs are likely to offer.

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From what I remember of previous news articles about Digital Region, the network requires about 100,000 users

to be viable, that's about 97,000 more than at present.

 

Back in February the UK Government offered £10m to keep the network going, presumably Origin are using this

funding to grow the service, on the other hand they could just sit-back, spend the money maintaining the service,

and when it's all been spent just like 'Oliver' ask for more.

 

In the coming months are we likely to have 'The Invisible World' or 'The In Your Face World' of Origin Broadband?

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I don't see how Digital Region being given money to keep running has any relation to Origin, except giving them more time to expand.

 

An ISP pays for access to that network, not the other way around.

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That 10 million pounds won't be spent on keeping Digital Region going as that is finished and the 4 South Yorkshire councils don't want to waste anymore money on it.

 

See the below link for how it could be spent but 4 months later we are still waiting to hear something.

 

http://m.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/general-news/councils-stay-silent-as-ministers-propose-broadband-salvation-1-6368201

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They said

Back in February the UK Government offered £10m to keep the network going, presumably Origin are using this

funding to grow the service,

, keeping "the network" going. Digital Region is "the network", so if that is true then Origin get nothing out of it.

 

If its something like BDUK money then Origin STILL do not benefit there either, other than like all others ISPs by increasing their potential customer base. That money goes to BT/Virgin to improve the last-mile connection, its nothing to do with the ISPs.

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Sorry if a slight thread hijack but will be migrating across to the Origin DR service for a couple of months and then on the ADSL offering...

 

Have just been speaking to ASK4 for the MAC etc and just on the off chance asked if they knew of anything planned for the Attercliffe exchange - according to them it should fibre enabled Jan 2015 but i cant find anything online, is this something Origin could confirm(?) as not looking forward to 1.5Mb ADSL lol.

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When it comes to enabling a cabinet, its done when its done, the dates are purely speculative. So I really wouldn't bother asking as even if they HAVE a date it doesn't guarantee anything.

 

The best bet is to just keep an eye on the line checker and give Origin a call to upgrade you once it confirms your line is capable.

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Have just been speaking to ASK4 for the MAC etc and just on the off chance asked if they knew of anything planned for the Attercliffe exchange - according to them it should fibre enabled Jan 2015 but i cant find anything online,

 

 

That's good news if true. I get 4meg now with Sky, but I want 80 meg dammit!

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When it comes to enabling a cabinet, its done when its done, the dates are purely speculative. So I really wouldn't bother asking as even if they HAVE a date it doesn't guarantee anything.

 

The best bet is to just keep an eye on the line checker and give Origin a call to upgrade you once it confirms your line is capable.

 

Agreed re dates not being set in stone etc. was just surprised to hear any date on that exchange as everything I've come across suggests its not even been considered for FTTC never mind anything further...

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Sounds like Origin still think there is no chance, based on people who called about Attercliffe on drlforum.co.uk.

 

It gets worse though, Origin are telling people they will only offer standard ADSL (up 8Mbit) not ADSL2+, if you cannot get fibre. In my past experience that is a loss of at least 1Mbit off a fairly long line and drastically reduced upload speed.

 

If that is correct they aren't going to last very long as even TalkTalk is a better option and cheaper for what you get.

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Sounds like Origin still think there is no chance, based on people who called about Attercliffe on drlforum.co.uk.

 

It gets worse though, Origin are telling people they will only offer standard ADSL (up 8Mbit) not ADSL2+, if you cannot get fibre. In my past experience that is a loss of at least 1Mbit off a fairly long line and drastically reduced upload speed.

 

If that is correct they aren't going to last very long as even TalkTalk is a better option and cheaper for what you get.

 

The news just keeps getting better... If that is the case then dropping 1Mb would take me more or less back to dial up lol - before moving onto DR our ADSL connection via BT and then Sky was around 1.5Mb :-( Was chatting to our landline supplier yesterday and given our distance from the exchange its something of a miracle for it to be that "fast".

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