Fibre just installed and it's fast compared to the old system

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Fibre just installed and it's fast compared to the old system

Just had Fibre installed after a two year village wait from planing to instal.  It is fast compared to what we had before. The old system was 5mb download and it is now 51.5 mb. Openreach were brilliant and listened to what we wanted and did it as agreed. All very neat and tidy installation.

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The big advantage that I found with fiber is that speed is the same in either direction.  This is important in an age where people are making use of the likes of DropBox and YouTube where we might want to push big chunks of data into the Internet as well as consuming data from the Internet.

For too long, BT (and other service providers who rely on older technology) have pushed download speeds but have kept quiet about upload speed.  When I moved house late last year I moved into an area without fiber.  I can get up to 200 Mbps download, but I'm limited to 6-7Mbps upload.

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We’ve been told by Openreach that we will be getting fibre ‘imminently’. 

That was about a month ago. No sign yet. 

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You guys are lucky. We only got Internet via a satellite dish WAN 8 years ago, before that it was a 3G phone dongle. Lucky if we get 10Mb download & 2Mb upload even now.

A 4G phone is often faster if you switch off the wifi. 

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We dream of 10Mb! 4 is the best we get at the moment. 0.6 upload. 

 

 

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Two years ago, a circular came round the village, which was organised by one of the residents, We are a small village with about 30 houses. Details in the circular said that if a minimum of twenty people signed up, then Fibre would be installed in the village. The target to sign up houses was easily met. Then the long wait. First we saw the Openreach vans in the village running the main cable and then houses were wired in. What is amazing is that it did not cost any one any thing other than the normal monthly charge. OK, it's a little bit more than I was paying before, but the speed difference is very noticeable. I think we are very lucky to have Fibre in this remote village.

An interesting article in the paper said that Fibre added £3000 to the value of a house. I am not sure if this is true.

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With the rise in numbers of folk working from home, it might add significantly more than £3k to the house value (although that could depend on whether the article was talking about fibre vs wet piece of string or FTTP vs FTTC. If the latter then the gains will be smaller). A new role for me working remotely means I couldn't consider a house that didn't have at least FTTC (so 30 down, 5ish up)

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Why is Fibre so slow in the UK? We just received an upgrade from 600Mb to 1Gb

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Why is Fibre so slow in the UK? We just received an upgrade from 600Mb to 1Gb

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Our group of 36 houses had BT Openreach FTTP installed about 2 years ago. Our only practical limitation on performance is what an individual is prepared to pay for service. Most have opted for around50/70 mbps download and 20 upload. The highest choice was 600 mbps but we all suspect he's running NASA from his study.

  Our scheme was the Openreach Community Fibre scheme which shared cost between residents / HMG/ BT. Grants are available for self employed/SME operating from the home address of £3,000 per address. This made a significant difference to our scheme average costs. We finished with £250 per household which we regarded as a bargain. The key benefit of the Openreach scheme is that you have an "open" network, so you can choose your supplier.

  At that time there were a few newspaper articles citing a house value increase of 1 to 1.5%. I don't know if that's true but certainly having FTTP during home working has been a necessity for many here. I see that broadband capability is a normal feature of Estate Agents publicity now, so IF it doesn't add to the price, it at least adds to saleability

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#9 must be some peculiarity of your island. Spain on average is significantly lower than the UK, about half as fast, in fact.