Broadband industry leaders are to meet ministers to discuss how to stop the UK dropping into the internet "slow lane".
Traffic shaping is the true Killer of the UK Broadband... that and tiscali ;).
....p.s Will Work For Bandwidth ;)
haha so true
Bad, I'm stuck on a slow BT connection for a year min now and it'll take me 2 hours on the phone to speak to someone in India who will patch me to someone in Scotland who will transfer me to someone in India who says he can't do anything without a proper autorization number. Bah humbug.
get Cable.... unless you live in a non-cable area of course, then your screwed : )
I`m considering virgin actually (the company ;) ), upto 24 meg is very tempting.... of course that would mean getting everything from them though (TV,PHONE,BB) so the price isn`t astronomical.
what ever u do do not go virgin, worst mistake ever, i was with vigin for a year when i was commuting to leeds every week, i got a flat in leeds and got virgin broadband, 10Mb download speed with a 1Mb upload speed, it was buggy, laggy as hell on live and the service was the worst i have known, my broadband connection at home was 2Mb and had no problems what so ever with it and hardly ever got lag on live. i strongly recomend u do not go with virgin
Cheers for the heads up predator, i will avoid it like a Pissed soaked homeless guy on the Underground.
ive been with Virgin for years (3 i think) and have had no problems at all, its never even gone down on me, not even for 10 minutes (que oral sex joke). i think i pay £18 a month for 10 meg. think their prices are higher now though.
could be the area then but i was situated in leeds so was able to get higher speeds due to been near the exchange but it was terrable, ive haerd some people say the same, when i go home on the weekend ill find my supscrition and tell u which one i had to see if urs is diff
Had virgin (ntl) broadband for years and have never had a problem. Their customer service is alot better than it used to be as well.
Go for the 20mb connection its awesome as there is no download limit and you will get no lag on most american hosts. You will be able to download a film off torrents in around 4 -5 mins.
Check out this site.
You can do speed tests and it gives you the results of all the tests that people have been getting so you know which company is getting the best speeds. (For UK)
[Edit] - Oh yeah, there are also comments from users and members and ratings given. I just wish I knew about this site before before I joined Orange (they are second to last).
Virgin isn't rated too highly either.
Hypno Toad lol.
Benders Big Score is out, nice to be getting some more Futurama.
great little website, you can test your internet speeds there to.
The blame for this lies mainly with BT... they are desperate to wring the last ounce of bandwidth out of copper lines; so they can avoid spending out on fibre for as long as possible.
Another problem is the sluggish nature of the Government. It is their repsonsibility to ensure we are not left behind, but in typical fashion it'll be too little too late.
It will be a bit of kick in the nuts when places like India have faster, cheaper and more reliable connections than the UK.
By the way... there's very few decent providers in the UK for broadband. I can only guess that it's the saturation of the network in this country which means customer service suffers and line speeds are nowhere near what is advertised.
I've had most success with providers who use LLU (Local Loop Unbundled) - which generally means they have their own hardware installed in the exchanges. They provide better speeds, lower contention ratios and usually go to BT on your behalf if there's a problem (as they have the agreements over the hardware).
It also holds true that you often get what you pay for. I previously used Seriously Internet (non-LLU though), which charge per GB. It can be a bloody expensive service if you download a lot... but is pretty quick, has excellent customer service (based in the UK, and very knowledgeable and don't appear to rely on scripts) and rarely goes wrong.
I've also used Sky who do use LLU in a lot of exchanges, and found their service excellent (Up to 16Mb). However their Customer Service (if you need to use it) is very very poor, relying almost entirely on scripts.. which leaves you stuffed more often than not!
service they provide. I haven't had any problem with them at all. I first went for the budget option and went with Tesco's.... big mistake.
They couldn't even connect me up properly, they said the problem was at my end. In then I decided to go with Virgin (i like the cancel every month option) and they connected me up straight away. Their customer service is quite good as well, I am never on hold for long and going with anyone else wouldn't give faster speeds as I have the fastest connect my area can have (we don't have cable).
Admittedly though....they aren't the cheapest.
Er WE ARE IN THE SLOW LANE!!!!!!:-/
It's all talk. Nothings going to be done about it like everything else!
Oh yes that's because we in sweden can get a 24mbit/s line for about 35 euro a month and a 100mbit/s for even less, in case we had a cable connected house.
p.s;) If you want to check your speed goto-
http://www.speedtest.net +its free to use;)
ok guys heres what I have experienced:
Bethere ( https://www.bethere.co.uk/b... very good 5/5 price & service, very fast. Never had problems with it what so ever, customer service very good too. been using it for download and gaming together with no lags when hosting my own games online :)
Virgin is ok but speed is ups and downs and mostly low! 2/5
BT is ok but price is not on the good side... 3.5/5
im with BT now, expensive but had no problems and is really good on live.
agree with u on virgin (see my previous comment)
yes thats virgin media! they will try to make you stay with them with offers but DO NOT take any offer from them, BIG mistake!
they advertise their speed to be upto 10mb but you will soon find out it be something like 1.5mb or less and for the price it's not worth it!
BT has a good service because well they are a big company, well known company but for a high price in return :)
Bethere broadband is the best out there (my opinion) it says 24mb but the lowest you get is properly 7-8mb and highest 11mb and thats my area, not to sure about the rest but im sure it's good too and all for just £22 per month plus unlimited + good service all round this will be your best choice
could u pm with some info on them or a website, mite look into it as my subscription is with bt is nearin an end.
For the UK guys i strongly recommend Aquiss.
ok here goes:
Unlimited,fast,reliable, all for just £22, £18 or £14 depends on your package of choice.
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