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    News - BT raises broadband speed to 20Mb/s

    Telco giant hits back at Virgin Media by claiming a big leap in bandwidth at no extra cost.
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    Re: News - BT raises broadband speed to 20Mb/s

    The bt broadband checker says the following for my address:
    postcode: max is probaly 5.5mb
    tel: max is probalty 2.5mb

    i have bt broadband and normally connected around 7.5mb

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    Re: News - BT raises broadband speed to 20Mb/s

    Hm, am in the middle of switching from BT to O2. BT speed here was about 4Mbs, 6 on a good day.

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    Re: News - BT raises broadband speed to 20Mb/s

    As someone stuck (in the sticks) at 512 kbps I'm quite sure that those of you with fast broadband already will get even faster. Those of us with slow speeds will keep the slow speeds.

    Plus ├ža change and all that kind of thing..

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    Re: News - BT raises broadband speed to 20Mb/s

    Well before this BT said I could get 5 Mbs, now with this 'upgrade to 20 Mbs' I can get 7 Mbs. I am currently getting 16Mbs from O2.

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    Re: News - BT raises broadband speed to 20Mb/s

    This is great, but I won't be moving back from Be* to BT. Purely because of the traffic management policy that BT implement.

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    Re: News - BT raises broadband speed to 20Mb/s

    i dont get why this is bad for virgin as virgin offer up to 50MB, and quite possibly 200MB in the not to distant future.

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    Re: News - BT raises broadband speed to 20Mb/s

    I take it their broadband accelerator is just an ADSL2+ capable modem?
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    Re: News - BT raises broadband speed to 20Mb/s

    Sounds like the accelerator may be a face plate thingy. I grabbed one and it splits the signal at the master socket, so I don't need splitters on each telephone socket round the house. upped my speed from about 3 to 4 meg. (I'm thinking I may need to brush up on my technical terms. )

    I'm assuming they'll still need ADSL2+ modems for the 20meg+ if that's not what the accelerator is though

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    Re: News - BT raises broadband speed to 20Mb/s

    Ah yes of course.
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    Re: News - BT raises broadband speed to 20Mb/s

    The "broadband accelerator" was called the "i-plate" just a short time ago. It does something similar to disconnecting the 3rd bell/ring wire in the NTE/master socket. Usually helps a bit.

    Overall this push to 20M is a bad thing in my opinion. There's enough issues with people not understanding "up to 8Mb" in marketing and ads at the moment, and there's been plenty of press over the last year or so about alleged mis-selling. Since the 20M speeds are still just ADSL2+ lines, the number of customers capable of getting above 16M is very small, and the number of customers capable of complaining is very large. I like the competition and the incentive for higher speeds, but we need new technology, not new marketing

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    Re: News - BT raises broadband speed to 20Mb/s

    I assume they'll still limit me to somewhere between 60 and 120 Kbps during the evenings. Nice to see them upping the speeds at no extra costs, but it is only a minority that will actually benefit here I think.

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    Re: News - BT raises broadband speed to 20Mb/s

    Similar to what has already been reported:-

    My BT Homehub reports a connection speed of 7.6 Mbps
    My postcode suggests I can get 7 Mbps now and 7 Mbps when "up to 20 Mbps" comes in
    My Phone number suggests I can get 6 Mbps and 7 Mbps after the supposed upgrade.

    This doesn't seem to be a technical upgrade but rather a marketing one. They're now using the same marketing-speak that Virgin use when it comes to referring to their product. You'll soon see "Up to 20 Mbps" plastered everywhere that used to have "up to 8 Mbps" simply because it looks better when your average punter compares it to the Virgin Media offering.

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    Re: News - BT raises broadband speed to 20Mb/s

    Quote Originally Posted by amdavies View Post
    Similar to what has already been reported:-

    My BT Homehub reports a connection speed of 7.6 Mbps
    My postcode suggests I can get 7 Mbps now and 7 Mbps when "up to 20 Mbps" comes in
    My Phone number suggests I can get 6 Mbps and 7 Mbps after the supposed upgrade.

    This doesn't seem to be a technical upgrade but rather a marketing one. They're now using the same marketing-speak that Virgin use when it comes to referring to their product. You'll soon see "Up to 20 Mbps" plastered everywhere that used to have "up to 8 Mbps" simply because it looks better when your average punter compares it to the Virgin Media offering.
    But, the point about Virgin's cable service is that, in my experience of quite a few installations, you do get very close to what you pay for.

    I've just run the BT checker here - where I pay Virgin for 20mbps and get 19mbps - to be presented with this load of old guff:

    Great news, our even faster broadband service offering up to 20Mb is available in your area! We estimate your maximum connection speed to be 7.0Mbps (Megabits per second) which means your telephone line supports the UK's most complete broadband package, BT Total Broadband.
    How to translate that? Well, my reading is that, "Your exchange has the gear to deliver 20mbps but the line to your house isn't able to do so".

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    Re: News - BT raises broadband speed to 20Mb/s

    Quote Originally Posted by explicit4u View Post
    i dont get why this is bad for virgin as virgin offer up to 50MB, and quite possibly 200MB in the not to distant future.
    Possibly... but only between the hours of 1am - 9am, any other times when you might want to use it (ie, during the day) and you'll get throttled down to the same speeds everyone else offers.

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    Re: News - BT raises broadband speed to 20Mb/s

    Quote Originally Posted by amdavies View Post
    Similar to what has already been reported:-

    My BT Homehub reports a connection speed of 7.6 Mbps
    My postcode suggests I can get 7 Mbps now and 7 Mbps when "up to 20 Mbps" comes in
    My Phone number suggests I can get 6 Mbps and 7 Mbps after the supposed upgrade.

    This doesn't seem to be a technical upgrade but rather a marketing one. They're now using the same marketing-speak that Virgin use when it comes to referring to their product. You'll soon see "Up to 20 Mbps" plastered everywhere that used to have "up to 8 Mbps" simply because it looks better when your average punter compares it to the Virgin Media offering.
    Whilst yes the 'upto 20Mb' wont help people with medium-long to long lines greatly, those with sync stats like yours (in general) should see a nice gain in sync speed. Without knowing your current SNR and attenuation, I'd take a very rough guess that you'd get around 16Mb+ when the exchange equipment and modulation is changed to ADSL2+.

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