I was on BT’s Infinity 40Mb package – an incredible service compared to the very dismal ADSL service that I was receiving before but they announced last year they were going to double Infinity customers speeds without new equipment (just a change at the exchange).
They’ve called it “Infinity 2” – the name isn’t what’s important because most people will already have seen the Infinity advert and the fact it’s been marketed heavily it’d be pointless changing the name. So, the only criteria for upgrading is that you have to renew your contract for another 18 months, there aren’t any other fibre providers in this area so I thought I may as well.
To give you an idea, these are the speeds I was getting pre-upgrade;
The upgrade was done during the night so I’m assuming it’s kind of automated although I don’t know the actual process, I believe it’s just a case of changing the IP Profile of your line at the exchange. Here’s the speeds after the upgrade;
And while you’re probably thinking that’s nothing to turn your nose up at I completely agree, compared to just a few years ago broadband speeds in the UK were and in some places are still quite poor – this in comparison is incredible but, again, I’m paying for 76mb? How can this happen?
Well the problem is, this technology is FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) which unfortunately means from the cabinet to your house (wherever that loops or twists around) is where your speed will probably fall off, that and any faulty, old or damaged cable in your house could be a contributing factor as well.
There is only really one solution to this and that is FTTP (Fibre to the Premise) sometimes acronym’d as FTTH (Fibre to the Home/House). Unfortunately this is costly and a lot more difficult to roll out on a national scale but guarantees closer to the speeds that are estimated.