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UK Noted Broadband Boost

UK Noted Broadband Boost

Added: Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The UK’s regulatory body Ofcom has recently released the figures for average fixed-line residential broadband speeds, indicating a slight improvement as ISPs tout superfast speeds.


The average of 9.0 Mbps reveals that connection speeds have now more than doubled if compared to those seen at the start of the broadband research four years ago. In November 2008, the average was only 3.6 Mbps. Now the telecoms watchdog claims that the speeds have also some improvement from the average this time in 2011, which was 6.8 Mbps. What is the reason for the increase?

First of all, there were more subscribers signing up to “superfast” packages from the likes of Virgin Media that promised up to 60 Mbps. Nevertheless, the average speeds for such packages grew insignificantly, from 35.5 Mbps last November to 35.8 Mbps in May 2012.

Anyway, the number of superfast broadband subscriptions increased to 8%, up from 5% in November and 2% in May 2011. In the meantime, the number of broadband packages that offered up to 10Mbps saw an increase from 48% in 2011 up to 68% this May.

In addition, Ofcom believes that the increases can be explained with many users receiving network upgrades from their ISPs, which are generally free for subscribers. For instance, BT upgraded its ASDL network, and Virgin started working on doubling speeds for its top end broadband package. But Thinkbroadband co-founder admitted that despite the fact that the speed increases would be welcomed by users, they aren’t a massive leap forward. He explained that the increases of speed in Ofcom’s report are attributable to the inclusion of superfast broadband services in the average, while the actual increase isn’t as impressive.

Meanwhile, upgrades by Openreach on older generation ADSL services do help to increase the speeds, with the average speeds more closely reflecting the real world. Thinkbroadband also pointed out that the results don’t necessarily consider users in rural areas unable to get fast (not even superfast) broadband speed, “struggling at the margins of online society”. It means that such users will surely need to see considerable improvements in the next 3 years if the government’s promise to provide the best broadband in Europe is ever going to be met.

August 21st,2012

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Date:  Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Comments (19) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2012-08-21 16:35:01)
ic3m4l3 avatarumm virgin media goes 100mb now
60mb im on after the free double speed upgrade,,

posted by (2012-08-21 16:35:33)
ic3m4l3 avataraand in central london ther rolling out 1000mb speeds

posted by (2012-08-21 16:54:30)
No avatarstill throttled with virgin media whats the point

posted by (2012-08-21 17:09:33)
No avatar@kaipool: EXACTLY correct!! whats the point of faster speeds when the isp's throttle and cap you!

posted by men (2012-08-21 18:30:54)
solyd avatarWell they only throttle and cap those that are downloading surely? Average speeds of 9 Mbps... could have fooled me, im still on average of 3.5 same as 5 years ago, and im in a city.

posted by Site FriendXbox (2012-08-21 19:27:16)
Painless avatarSame with DON, I am on 60mb speed, but they do speed of 120mb on Virgin Media, its a shame about the upload speed we get about 1.5/3mb. Just for 10mb/30mb and 60mb, plus you never get that speed, I get around 52mb, but it depends on the website and servers so on.

posted by Blocked (2012-08-21 19:28:56)
skreamer avatarOne day the penny may drop that we only really need these speeds to transfer large files (ie P2P).

posted by Blocked (2012-08-21 19:33:33)
skreamer avatarAlso how can you tell if you are throttled? Often I see this:

1) Utorrent connects gets maxed out after a few mins then crashes down to about 20percent of max.
2) Other times I get connected and slowly build up to max speed and sustain it.
3) Other times I get connected at about 10percent of max speed and that's all I get.

All these happening on very well seeded torrents (normally over 10,000 seeders) with utorrent max bandwith up and down.

posted by Blocked (2012-08-21 21:32:00)
No avatarIn my country still 256kbps is the broadband speed.We do get about 2MB max speed but that too with a limit of 5GB and our government is busy in corruption

posted by ET junkiemen (2012-08-21 23:44:00)
xxxskfxxx avatarwe have the fastest fibre optic broadband in england [ i live in hull ].but when down loading torrents its down to 1mbit a second.i may as well stop on my low speed package and save money

posted by (2012-08-22 01:36:20)
ic3m4l3 avatarvirgin media try to get u to download after midnight as during the day u hog your local area bandwidth its like a certain amount of data per area or sum shit so they ENCOURAGE you to download after midnight and dont throttle u then,,and anyways even when they do its only to 10-15mb wich is more than a lot of countrys have or are going to have anytime soon,, i guess u just take for granted what we class as the norm but infact india would KILL to have speeds like ours lol we upload faster than they can possibly ever download

posted by (2012-08-22 12:18:23)
No avatar@solyd: you and many others still don't understand, when you browse the web you are still downloading LoL. the more crap a page has the more you download to your cash.
and what if the page has a lot of video feeds, and there set to auto play. ALL of that still gets downloaded. so if they cap and throttle when downloading, whats the point?!!

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2012-08-22 12:19:27)
Embolism avatar20mb broadband and getting 0.555MB down with 0.22 MB upload speeds good old virgin,robbing b*stards.

posted by (2012-08-22 18:36:57)
sanpork avatarIn India Reliane is providing 5Mb line with the same up & Down speed with no FUP wiz great than your 60 / 100 mb line.

posted by (2012-08-22 23:30:02)
No avatarLike balls the average is 9mb..
I have to pay for 25mb and get 5mb down and .4mb up and even BT says my connection is faster than 85% of the country.

posted by ET junkie (2012-08-23 02:02:05)
No avatarwhats hte point of higher speed when you cant do what you want with it?

posted by (2012-08-24 07:25:52)
Biggsamus avatarYou guys are all so lucky, honestly if you were in my shoes you... well you wouldn't be able to survive in my shoes.
where I live we get 3,300mb usage per month and between 00:15 and 05:45 internet is "free".
During the day max download speeds are around 120 kb/s, but obviously you don't download during the day.
At night max download speeds vary, but sometimes are as low as 3kb/s. Recently they're at about 50kb/s. I do not recommend anybody who likes to use the internet to live where I live.
Oh and finally for over usage (over 3,300 mb) you pay £0.09 per mb over. Last month we had to pay £200 over usage charges alone.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET junkieET loverSupermanSunTurtle (2012-08-24 20:37:35)
snotlob avatar@2-3-4 virgin and sky throttle mainly your bit client, im with sky unlimited and they can't throttle my speeds but the do with utorrent and have done for a few years

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET junkieET loverSupermanSunTurtle (2012-08-24 20:38:15)
snotlob avatarsorry @3-4-5

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