While my street cabinet has got FTTC and I have Infinity broabdand happily ticking along at 38Mbps, a friend of mine who lives two streets down from me, and (I think) his house connects to the local BT exchange directly, **cannot** get Infinity yet.
The distance from his house to the exchange is a bit longer than the distance from my house to my local cabinet, but I'd still think it is within the limits for VDSL service. Is there some inherent difficulty in providing Infinity service to houses that connect directly to the exchange, or is he just unlucky and they haven't enabled his loop yet?
Well yes, but the whole point of FTTC is to connect the exchange to the street cabinet with fibres that can run at many Gbps. If you are connected directly to the exchange, surely you must be able to get the same speed or better, as you're just bypassing the exchange-to-cabinet fibre-optic step.
The fiibre from the exchange to the cabinet avoids the attenuation of the DSL signal that happens when copper wires run for such long distances. If you're just bypassing that, you should still be able to get the same speed. Unless there is another technical issue at the exchange that I'm not aware of.
Your bummed the same as me, if you connect directly to the exchange say hello to several more years of ADSL speeds (until satallite/4g speeds match+exceed infinity speeds). If BT actually allow us to get FTTH I'll eat my hat.
I'm in Central London and because my line is connected directly to the exchange I cannot get Infinity in any form currently. I also cannot get Virgin as it would 'cost to much' for them to run the cables to our building and is 'not economical'. So I'm left with ADSL... which I will admit I actually get quite good speeds on for what it is, getting a solid 19.25 down and solid 1.095mb up. Still would much prefer the upload of Infinity though.