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    Anyone use AAISP as their ISP??

    Recently found that BT have gone live with their Fibre to the cabinet broadband allowing me to get up to 40Mb/s connection. I would have signed up with BT infinity but I am put off by their 100Gb fair usage policy, go above that and I will be put on a 1Mb connection at peak times and possibly cut off if download amount doesnt drop

    I have searched and found an ISP that have a package that will suit me, they are called AAISP just wondering if anyone here currently uses them and what their thoughts are?

    I am currently on a 3Mb ADSL 2 connection and live a long way from the exchange so I need a company that offers VDSL via FTTC so conventional ADSL packages aren't for me.

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    100Gb a month? you wont go over that if you're currently on a 3mb line, unless you plan to seriously change the way you use your internet

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    DaveLister

    100Gb a month? you wont go over that if you're currently on a 3mb line, … 100Gb a month? you wont go over that if you're currently on a 3mb line, unless you plan to seriously change the way you use your internet



    With all the HD content on the net, you would be suprised how quickly a 100Gb limit can be eaten up

    From what I've read about AAISP their service is second to none but I find their peak/off peak a bit strange and pricey.
    There are other ISPs providing fibre.

    Vivaciti offer (through Entanet) for just over 30 quid a month 45GB peak (8am -8pm) unlimited off peak (8pm -8am), your number won't show up on the checker you have to email them about the fibre packages.

    aquiss - same as vivaciti only pricier, the connection fee is cheaper but you don't get the appropriate router.

    fask.co.uk don't know much about these guys

    idnet - the download allowance probably wouldn't suit you.

    I'm sure there's others, but that's the ones that spring to mind.
    Edited by: "leefal" 8th Aug 2010

    Original Poster

    Thank you for the info, I had already looked into Idnet and fast but I found neither had the download limits that AAISP have and their reviews werent that great and whilst aaisp peak tariff is limiting it is only between 9-6 so not too bad. I am going to check the other two out that you have stated, I have dobe some more research on AAISP and they seem to get pretty glowing reviews

    I have been with IDNet for almost 4 years, great company, very fair and brilliant service.

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    Yes i would be interested in using IDNET but they dont give much of a download limit for their FTTC offering

    DaveLister

    100Gb a month? you wont go over that if you're currently on a 3mb line, … 100Gb a month? you wont go over that if you're currently on a 3mb line, unless you plan to seriously change the way you use your internet



    I have a 4mb line and download about 500gb a month for HD footgae that I have to edit. It's easily done.

    Waste of time having a 40mb connection and only being allowed to use 100gb.

    Off to buy a Ferrari tonight to drive around little villages with 30mph speed limits. Should be fun.

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    mr.potato_head

    I have a 4mb line and download about 500gb a month for HD footgae that I … I have a 4mb line and download about 500gb a month for HD footgae that I have to edit. It's easily done.Waste of time having a 40mb connection and only being allowed to use 100gb. Off to buy a Ferrari tonight to drive around little villages with 30mph speed limits. Should be fun.



    Exactly my thoughts.. I think I will probably easily hit 100Gb within a week or too on a 40Mb connection hence why I need to find a better package than what BT can currently offer

    Hi
    Just seen this - probably too late to be of any use but thought I'd comment all the same. I'd been with BE Broadband for around 4 years up until May 2010 when my local exchange was enabled for FTTC. With BE I'd been getting around 4mb/s download and 1mb/s upload speeds on their 24mb/s service due to the length of our phone line.
    When the exchange went to FTTC I did a lot of research into ISPs that offered the service. To my annoyance the only major player was BT Retail with their Infinity product. Like yourself, the cap of 100Gb/month didn't seem great. In addition, BT are very strict with regard to P2P traffic and basically throttle it back to a crawl - not something I wanted on a premier service. I looked at the other players and only Andrews & Arnold (AAISP) offered anything I found tempting. After 4 years with BE's unmetered access the notion of the metered system applied by AAISP took a little bit of getting used to but I figured I could live with it and signed up. I now get around 36mb/s download and 2mb/s upload (or up to around 8mb/s up if I opt for the Premier option at an extra £10/month). I buy 2 units of usage a month and the total cost is around £27/month - about £10/ month more than when I was with BE - but the extra speed more than makes this worthwhile in my opinion.
    AAISPs support is first class - they're UK based and the very first person you'll speak to if you call them will be extremely technically competent - no call centre with first line support there just to take calls then pass on your details to someone who understands the issue.
    The notion of buying units took a little getting used to - essentially you buy 'units' of usage and the speed at which they get used up depends upon then you use them. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm is classed as peak and a unit equals 2GB. Evenings and weekends burn units at the rate of one unit per 100GB. And even better if you want to schedule downloads for the early hours is that between 2am-6am a unit equals 1TB (1000GB). You soon get used to doing your downloads off-peak to be honest and I've not found this transition difficult at all.
    Also, if you under-use one month, the amount you under-use by will be added to the following month's allowance. If you over-use one month, the amount you over-use by will be taken from the following month's allowance - UP TO a limit of however many units you buy each month. Over-use by more than that and you'll be charged, under-use by more than that and you'll lose the excess. In my opinion it's a reasonable system and not hard to get along with. If you have a pretty heavy month and are going to over-use by more than your normal allowance simply add extra units to your tarrif for a month or two, then bring it back down again.
    Hope all this helps - in essence I can recommend AAISP from my experiences with them - they're professional and fare and whilst not the cheapest ISP they're the only one I could find who were offering this technology without unreasonable traffic management and at a price that was 'reasonable'. Some ISPs wanted around £75/month for their FTTC products - ridiculous in my opinion for home/small office use.
    regards
    Brian Mackenzie
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