View Full Version : Ofcom chief Ed Richards - article in PC Pro magazine - Superfast BB not wanted? Huh?

12-11-2011, 09:04 AM
Here's the link to the article:


Two ways to look at that. How is it being sold? The "package" details is what many look at. "Unlimited" doesn't mean what it says, and BT's record of customer delivery isn't stellar - 1 year+ contract commit and flexibility "you get it our way, or you don't get it". Classic incumbent behaviour.

6 million customers HAVE ACCESS TO INFINITY - does that mean they can a) order it and b) have it installed in 10 days or so? Or are they merely connected to an infinity enabled exchange? BT has a history of spinning detail like this and using statistics to their own benefit. Perhaps they need to justify their inability to roll out FTTC to meet the targets they "promised" the government or set themselves?

Why does "Superfast" (still despise that term, and any bitrate assigned to it) even exist commercially? Because it is required in order to deliver next generation services over the internet. HD video, VoIP, bidirectional data flow, etc.

Try backing up your "precious data" to the cloud at ADSL Max speeds (what NDLAN has now) - 448Kbit/s for non IPStream Premium - for the typical laptop nowadays, with a 100GB drive (conservatively), and not "nit picking" individual files which all would-be ISP backup storage providers require you to do due to lack of bandwidth, then that will take an eye watering 22 days.

The comments below the article reveal a more realistics public opinion than Mr Collins' article, when Mr Collins admits "The people who would surely jump at the chance of a fibre speeds are those in rural areas, smaller towns or on the edge of exchanges, for whom the jump from only 1 or 2Mbits/sec – or even slower – to 40Mbits/sec and beyond would be truly life changing." Perhaps because nothing in between is being offered by BT, or that BTs pricing model doesn't permit it?

Were the railways built before or after the demand? We were the pioneers, and benefitted hugely from that. Did we learn that lesson? When HD video over the Internet becomes common place (will it, if the internet isn't fast enough? - Chicken/egg) then moaning that you can't have your wife watching Gardeners World in the living room, while recording Star Trek-Next Generation on another channel and doing a 4-way video conference from the study isn't going to fix things. You'll still have to get fibre to your home to beat the "REAL" speed of FTTC technology.