I was just sitting on the sofa watching the BBC24 news. Apparently an Ofcom Report (the body that regulates the telecoms infrastructure in the UK) which states that frequently broadband users DO not get the speeds advertised by broadband vendors. Frequently, broadband providers advertise speeds UPTO 8MB, 10MB and 20MB – which they then get no where near meeting. In fact the bigger the speeds advertised, the LESS likely you are to get them. Users on 2MB links on average get 1.33MB – whereas users on links UPTO 8MB actually on average only get 2.5MB.
I’ve been thinking of ditching my totally lame broadband (512Kps) because back when I was on 57K dial-up modem it felt blistering. Now in the world web2.0 and me want to download tons of MP3s for my new IPOD (all from legitimate to-pay-for sites by the way ) it’s just not upto the job. My ISP did analysis of my line, and said on average the best I could expect from ADSL would be 4MB, they feely admitted their 8MB package would not be worthwhile. I respect their honesty.
Anyway, so much for the digital, on-demand age. Here in the UK we still seem to lag behind mainland Europe. Still it could be worse. I could be living in Southern Ireland, where hear nothing but compliants and frustration!