Internet speeds can be quickly determined at this site, the results for my line are:
Having just moved house (May 2012) I find i have gone from a Virginmedia connection (formerly NTL fibre optics) to a BT landline (through Sky) and what a difference I notice in download and especially upload speeds! This subject seems to have disappeared out of the news, but there is still a major issue to be addressed by the government, if they are to make good use of modern internet capabilities within the economy.
The reason for this blog is that I am disappointed with the speed I get from out BT landline, but also because I think this is a typical example of a missed opportunity – a new housing estate with poor internet speeds. I cannot understand why there is no fibre optic capability on this new estate, nor any sign that there may ever be such a fast connection. It seems to me this is one place the government could provide regulation (just as they have regulated the energy use of new buildings) by insisting that a new housing estate should be provided with fibre optics and a choice of supplier who can use this facility!
As you can see from the data at the top of this blog, I am only getting 5Mb/s download speed (against a maximum offered speed of 8 Mb/s; although the advertisements suggest upto 14 Mb/s) and an upload speed of only 0.68 Mb/s! This illustrates the other area that needs government regulation – advertised speeds are theoretical maximums, not actual situations. This is very misleading and should not be allowed – it is the use of the phrase “upto” with the offered speeds that is particularly misleading. Although, I could choose another supplier (other than Sky) this is unlikely to help me as they all have to use the BT landline. I have asked Virginmedia if they plan to lay fibre optics in the area, but they may not be able to gain access to do so! BT would make no comment about upgrading our area to fibre optics.
So, I imagine that nothing will change in this area, the government simply make noises when they have to, but implement no policy changes. The suppliers are only competing on price (except for Virginmedia) and there is no coherent policy to introduce fibre optics in areas that could be upgraded without too much disruption – very disappointing!