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edesignuk
Apr 26, 2004, 04:48 AM
Cable company Telewest is to offer the UK's first three megabit broadband service.

In a shake-up of existing services it will speed up all its broadband products by 50% for free.

Rival cable net provider NTL is also doubling the speed of its broadband services at no extra cost.

It is part of a fierce ongoing battle between internet service providers to win customers to their high-speed net connections.

Blueyonder 750Kbps - 25 per month
Blueyonder 1.5Mbps - 35 per month
Blueyonder 3Mbps - 50 per month
Blueyonder 256Kbps - 17.99

Full Article. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/3646825.stm)

OMFG! Yay! My 2Mbit will be 3Mbit by the end of May for no extra cost! Broadband in the UK is starting to catch up at last :D

WinterMute
Apr 26, 2004, 07:39 AM
Now you can get your porn sooo much quicker... :D ;)

I'm on NTL here, they are still too expensive to go much beyond 512, plus the are a bit flaky on the service side. Still, I get my phone rental in th eprice, so it ain't too bad.

edesignuk
Apr 26, 2004, 07:51 AM
Now you can get your porn sooo much quicker... :D ;)
I know! :eek: :D

zoetropeuk
Apr 26, 2004, 10:00 AM
Bulldog already offer 4mbit and 8mbit ADSL, it is alot more expensive but as a business it's not really an issue.

edesignuk
Apr 26, 2004, 10:19 AM
Bulldog already offer 4mbit and 8mbit ADSL, it is alot more expensive but as a business it's not really an issue.
Exactly, business. An I believe this is only in central London, and to home users is only at 4Mbit "off-peak", not 24/7.

1macker1
Apr 26, 2004, 02:18 PM
Some of the Asian countries have been at 20Mbps for a while now.

crazzyeddie
Apr 26, 2004, 02:34 PM
Some of the Asian countries have been at 20Mbps for a while now.

For how much though. You also have to realize that "some of the Asian countries" have very very little demand for the service, so they have the bandwidth to spare. European countries have 10mb and 100mb lines very cheaply because the government forced high-bandwidth lines when the internet because popular and subsidize the pricing.

edesignuk
Apr 26, 2004, 03:18 PM
Some of the Asian countries have been at 20Mbps for a while now.
Don't get me wrong, I know this isn't by any means the fastest. But for broandband in the UK this is a big deal. Not only is it the fastest cable in the UK (there are some off-peak DSL services that do go faster in certain areas). But also this is the first time that I'm aware of that a broadband ISP has given a major free upgrade, also this should get BT off their arse and start getting decent DSL speeds nationwide for those that don't live in cabled areas.

powerbook4me
Apr 26, 2004, 03:21 PM
MY comcast cable went from 1.5 to 3.0 not too long ago. Its just great, hehe.

1macker1
Apr 26, 2004, 04:47 PM
I think the cost was 60.00 dollars in US currency. They said that the governments are trying to push broadband, thus introduced deregulation. I'm still stuck at 1.5Mbps with my DSL connection, but i saw that they recently introduced 3Mbps.
For how much though. You also have to realize that "some of the Asian countries" have very very little demand for the service, so they have the bandwidth to spare. European countries have 10mb and 100mb lines very cheaply because the government forced high-bandwidth lines when the internet because popular and subsidize the pricing.

1macker1
Apr 26, 2004, 04:49 PM
It must be nice to get the free upgrade. The way they did it here was that they went down on the 1.5 connection, and set the 3.0Mbps to 49.00.
Don't get me wrong, I know this isn't by any means the fastest. But for broandband in the UK this is a big deal. Not only is it the fastest cable in the UK (there are some off-peak DSL services that do go faster in certain areas). But also this is the first time that I'm aware of that a broadband ISP has given a major free upgrade, also this should get BT off their arse and start getting decent DSL speeds nationwide for those that don't live in cabled areas.

Counterfit
Apr 26, 2004, 05:29 PM
Heh, my cable went to 3mbit before Comcast :p

Oh and it's $35 per month. 50, pff :p

hob
Apr 26, 2004, 05:40 PM
Rival cable net provider NTL is also doubling the speed of its broadband services at no extra cost.

NTL is HARDLY a rival... NTL and Telewest have just carved up the country between themselves... I don't know of any area where you can pick to have cable from either - it's one or the other! NTL are better at their TV selection and Telewest are better at their internet services... to be honest, being on NTL I'm happy - just have to kick my STB now and again to get the internet going but having more TV channels is bliss :D

ntl today announced plans to increase the downstream speed of its broadband internet services at no extra charge following Telewest's decision to up its broadband internet downstream speeds.

The 150kbps service will become 300kbps downstream, the 600kbps will go up to 750kbps downstream and the 1Mbps will become 1.5Mbps downstream.

That's hardly competitive! Why? Because they don't need to be!!

Powerbook G5
Apr 26, 2004, 05:56 PM
Here in Florida I have Bellsouth DSL at 3.0 Mbps down and 384 Kbps up for $50 a month. It's more expensive than cable, but our apartment is getting free cable since Time Warner forgot to disconnect it years ago and I cannot order a cable modem since then they'd realize that we are getting free cable. It's pretty nice, I get a consistent 300+ KB/s transfer speeds most often, but it's still $10 more and slower than the peak speed of the cable modem my family has at home.

MrMacMan
Apr 27, 2004, 10:55 PM
My ISP is great.

Problem being my router.

Upload Suppose to be 100+ KB/sec
Upload is really: <20 KB/sec

:eek:

Awimoway
Apr 28, 2004, 12:39 AM
Just this month my Charter cable went from 768 down / 128 up for $40 a month to 3 mbit down / 256 up for the same price. It's still not as snappy as it was when I lived on a university campus (where it was free), but it's a great improvement.

m4rc
Apr 28, 2004, 02:20 AM
Now you can get your porn sooo much quicker... :D ;)

I'm on NTL here, they are still too expensive to go much beyond 512, plus the are a bit flaky on the service side. Still, I get my phone rental in th eprice, so it ain't too bad.

NTL don't do 512, its 600, and this is being boosted to 750 without a price hike! Lots of reports have been saying that NTL is increasing all speeds by 50%. I maybe wrong, but 50% onto 600 makes it 900, not 750! Oh well, something for nothing, can't complain.

Savage Henry
Apr 28, 2004, 02:59 AM
I'm on NTL here, they are still too expensive to go much beyond 512, plus the are a bit flaky on the service side. Still, I get my phone rental in th eprice, so it ain't too bad.

I've only stuck with NTL because I was there at the beginning and my own and my wife's personal e-mail actually resemble our names.

But there service really does blow. It's only been the last 2 days of the last 2 weeks that I've been assured of a connection.

But when it does work, I'm happy, and my 512k is more than enough for me right now. When movies are legally downloadable I might reconsider, but only then.

Sabbath
Apr 28, 2004, 07:35 AM
I've only stuck with NTL because I was there at the beginning and my own and my wife's personal e-mail actually resemble our names.

But there service really does blow. It's only been the last 2 days of the last 2 weeks that I've been assured of a connection.

But when it does work, I'm happy, and my 512k is more than enough for me right now. When movies are legally downloadable I might reconsider, but only then.


Yeah NTL really suck big time. They're notorious for over selling their bandwidth, as a result their service is never very fast. I live in an area with probably 6,000 students many of whom have broadband and predominantly NTL, this means this gets even worse. Last year was a nightmare the connection would really slow right down, this year doesn't seem to be so bad, maybe they are improving their service but I really would advise people away from NTL if there is a decent alternative.

1macker1
Apr 28, 2004, 11:22 AM
WTH! After reading this thread yesterday, i did a check on my bellsouth DSL account, and they are offering 3.0Mbps DSL for 44.00, but i'm getting charged 44.0 for my 1.5 connection. They will be hearing from me today!


WHOOOOOO HOOOO! I now have 3.0Mpbs connection!

hvfsl
Apr 28, 2004, 06:40 PM
I am on NTL and have the 1mbit connect ATM and my pings do sometimes get a bit high on it between 6pm and 8pm weekdays (I am in East London), but then the people I know with BT are no better off.

If you are having problems with NTL, there is meant to be a way to change the NTL server you connect to if your connection gets a bit slow. If you google it, you will probably get more info. I think you basically have to force your computer/router to use a different proxy server or something.

NTL is getting better (for me at least), I asked them what was going on and they said that they were having problems keeping up with demand and they were increasing capacity all the time, but obviously not fast enough.

Counterfit
Apr 28, 2004, 06:47 PM
My ISP is great.

Problem being my router.

Upload Suppose to be 100+ KB/sec
Upload is really: <20 KB/sec

:eek: You do realize that upstream and downstream speeds are listed in mega/kilobits right? What kind of connection is it?

MrMacMan
Apr 28, 2004, 11:13 PM
You do realize that upstream and downstream speeds are listed in mega/kilobits right? What kind of connection is it?
Yes yes I know.

I supposely have a 1 MB line here.

I think my router is a piece of junk though.


my friends don't get this weird upload cap ...

Cable... 1 MB

abi.allan
Oct 20, 2008, 12:38 PM
hi...

thanks for ur kind info..

and may i know :confused: ill it b a quality product ???

Schtumple
Oct 20, 2008, 01:42 PM
You did see when the OP posted this right?

dogtanian
Oct 20, 2008, 04:49 PM
You did see when the OP posted this right?

Quiet! didn't you hear! 3Mbit Broadband!

Mr Skills
Oct 20, 2008, 06:52 PM
You did see when the OP posted this right?

LOL, I've been reading this thinking "but I'm on 16Mb! Why are they so excited about 3?"
:rolleyes::D:p

iJon
Oct 21, 2008, 12:03 PM
These speeds are painful to read. I've been blessed with Cox doing huge upgrades in my neck of the woods.

I pay $45/month for 17 down and 3 up.

jon

RedTomato
Oct 21, 2008, 01:54 PM
I was also reading this thinking 'but I have a 24mb (Be internet) connection?? or maybe Be are only giving me 240kb?? is that why they're so excited??' :o