Can someone explain why BT Total only offer up to 8MB broadband

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Found 19th Jul 2009
when my ISP offers me 24MB (I get 18-22MB generally) and this is delivered over a BT line?

I particually love the fact they describe it as super fast 8MB. Not as Super as what I get.

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The JFK;5795156

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Yep. That explains it. Thanks. Especially for making your reply so simple and straight forward, with no technical, industry jargon.

Uncle Monkey;5795174

Yep. That explains it. Thanks. Especially for making your reply so simple … Yep. That explains it. Thanks. Especially for making your reply so simple and straight forward, with no technical, industry jargon.


he does not know if you asked a question, as there was no question mark anywhere

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black gerbil1;5795200

he does not know if you asked a question, as there was no question mark … he does not know if you asked a question, as there was no question mark anywhere



So he was be a pedantic ****. I'd say starting the title with 'Can someone explain' was a big enough clue. Anyhow I've corrected it now. :roll:

Your ISP uses ]ADSL 2+ whereas BT uses plain old ADSL (older/'slower' standard but longer reach = more paying punters!). :thumbsup:

As far as I understand it's down to the equipment at the exchange.

The BT Wholesale network is currently being upgraded to 24Mbps speeds and I believe there are one or two ISPs that offer you that, such as ADSL24 and UKFSN. BT-the-ISP apparently don't think it's worthwhile yet to offer it, or perhaps Ofcom isn't allowing them currently. Only about 5% of exchanges are currently enabled.

Some other ISPs have their equipment installed at the local exchange and so can offer you a 24Mbps on a network of their own. Coverage is currently better, but it's still only around 20% of exchanges that are covered by each provider - I'm not sure what the total is for all providers.

EDIT: Looks like BT are planning on offering it ]very soon.

BT has been held back by the regulator ofcom, to try and create a level playing field. BT are starting the rollout of upto 20meg (not 24) ADSL2+. Other ISP's offer upto 24 via BT's exchange equipment (WBC), the likes of sky/easynet, o2/be and talk talk all use there own equipment (LLU) in exchanges (that are commerically attractive) so can offer top speeds of up to 24meg.

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EndlessWaves;5795514

As far as I understand it's down to the equipment at the exchange.The BT … As far as I understand it's down to the equipment at the exchange.The BT Wholesale network is currently being upgraded to 24Mbps speeds and I believe there are one or two ISPs that offer you that, such as ADSL24 and UKFSN. BT-the-ISP apparently don't think it's worthwhile yet to offer it, or perhaps Ofcom isn't allowing them currently. Only about 5% of exchanges are currently enabled.Some other ISPs have their equipment installed at the local exchange and so can offer you a 24Mbps on a network of their own. Coverage is currently better, but it's still only around 20% of exchanges that are covered by each provider - I'm not sure what the total is for all providers.EDIT: Looks like BT are planning on offering it ]very soon.



Cheers. I think I got a bargain with mine. Under £15 a month for 24MB and had that speed near a year now. It's got a 10GB limit each month, but I don't download games or movies so it's more than enough for me and the misses using the net for hours every day. :thumbsup:
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