I have made inquiries about the broadband connection available in Hunsdon, and performed some tests. BT staff have indicated over the phone that the maximum bandwidth expected at this address is 1.5 MB. The suggested speed indicated on websites like SamKnows is 1 MB. In tests performed at different times on different days, the average speed has been around only 0.5 MB! My own address in is approximately only 3 miles from the exchange in Much Hadham.
All things considered, I cannot understand why the bandwidth is so slow in Hunsdon. I am not referring to the slowest periods; rather, I am referring to the consistently inadequate service throughout this small town. Can somebody identify the causal issue(s) please?
3 miles is equivelant to almost 5km and that is not taking into account the lines physical length which could be much longer
the best you will acheive on a line that long is about 1.5mb anyway, and thats on ADSLMax (upto 8mb) & ADSL2+ (upto 20mb)
so even a 21CN upgarde on your exchange will not yeild any improvemnet over copper phonlines
you will have to wait till Infinity comes to your cabinet on your street to get any improvement
I know it sucks, but thats your max. I too have the same problem, have done for 4 years. Only get 1.5 meg. (synced at 1500K profile) here is me. http://www.speedtest.net/result/987602751.png
Living 30 miles from London should have nothing to do with it, LOL
thats like saying Y is my Broadband not fast I live within 20 miles of Cheltnham...
A timescale for infinity, naturally the most built up areas and largest exhanges will be first.
I mean you are not on a very large exchange. http://www.samknows.com/broadband/exchange/EAMHD
larger than the one I am at tho, so u will prob get infinity before this house does 🙂
i live in middel ok nowhere tho, you may well fair better! Im off to uni next year anyway I gave up on BB improvement here years ago!
I suspect that many, if not the majority, of houses in the UK will be about this far from the exchange, if not much further. Perhaps it is normal for bandwidth to degrade to 1.5 MB at a distance of 3 miles from the exchange, but I would be surprised if this truly were the case! Hunsdon could hardly be any closer to the exchange. It's the next village along. The furthest part of Hunsdon is 4.60 km (2.85 miles) from the exchange in a straight line, and would be around 3 miles if the wire followed the main B road which is fairly straight. (I accept that the actual route may not be so straight, though I can find no reason for any major deviation along the obvious course.) Is old copper wire broadband really that bad? If so, the UK's core telecommunications infrastructure is woefully inconsistent and inadequate for the digital economy. In an average town, surely a substantial proportion of houses will be over a mile from the exchange wherever that is located.
Clearly, urgent action is required, by private enterprise in partnership with local and central government, including a review of current universal service legislation. This is a serious matter. The future for this country looks bleak. If the UK doesn't have a strong digital economy, ask yourself, what else does it have? No wonder the South East of England contributes so much to the economy, while the rest of the country falls behind depending on London and the surrounding counties. (Moving the BBC to Manchester will not solve the underlying issues.) This situation is unsustainable. An essential part of the UK economy is at risk of falling rapidly behind. My fear is that people won't appreciate the serious implications of lethargy in this sector until it is too late. The UK has no prospect of competing with rising powers like China and India in manufacturing industry. Now is the time to invest in the digital economy or, mark my words, we'll lose that too.