Is BT / Openreach slowing down copper wire ADSL speed?

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  1. clam1952's Avatar
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    Snippet of Email just received from BT

    We’ll keep the UK connected and running We’re constantly monitoring our broadband network, and have built in more than 10 times the capacity needed for everyday use. We have more than enough to handle the increase in people working from home, and the extra calls people will be making too.
    I'd guess that actually means Fibre, which I have and not ADSL customers.

    Conversely Three are having problems here with too much traffic and are having to increase capacity for the local mast, currently getting 3.5Mbps on 4G been going on for over a week now, I can live with it as only using my mobile for very occasional phone calls, and am not likely to need my 4G tablet, as going anywhere is now out of the question.
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  2. Berton's Avatar
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    I use neither fiber optic, phoneline DSL nor cable/broadband, get 12Mbps pretty steadily.
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  3. Barman58's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 2004 - 19041 - 264 XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
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    clam1952 said:
    Snippet of Email just received from BT



    I'd guess that actually means Fibre, which I have and not ADSL customers.

    Conversely Three are having problems here with too much traffic and are having to increase capacity for the local mast, currently getting 3.5Mbps on 4G been going on for over a week now, I can live with it as only using my mobile for very occasional phone calls, and am not likely to need my 4G tablet, as going anywhere is now out of the question.
    All the backbones and most of the local loop has been fibre based for some time, they are in the process of phasing out all non fibre lines, (all copper in other words), to the premises, that includes business and private homes. At present the fibre only runs so far in most cases this will be to the local cabinet, (the green boxes on the roadside, that you see a BT openreach poking at often), but in outlying areas the fibre only reaches a local or not so local exchange with the rest of the journey via Copper, which of course degrade speeds possible considerable. Virgin, the other backbone provider, have always designed and installed their system for fibre to premises so are well ahead of BT openreach in these plans though do not serve as many areas at present

    The 3/4/5/? G telecoms providers are all responsible for their own infrastructure, there are some in-place agreements that they share masts in certain areas with each being responsible for a share of the masts, but basically a "Three" connection issue is their direct problem

    What worries me about BT, or in this case the supposedly separate company BT Openreach, In my experience, it is quite possible that they have built ten times the required capacity, (when they planned the infrastructure build many years ago), but they have also sold a lot of this capacity to the many small and large sub contractors like Sky, Plusnet, Talk Talk, Shell, et al on long term binding contracts,

    How much do they have control off to promise us for use in the current or future emergency?
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