Slowing broadband speeds investigated while BT launches 100mbps service
The speed of broadband in the UK is falling at peak times according to a report. That may sound insultingly obvious, but its the rate at which they're dropping which is a cause for concern. From 7pm to 9pm, it's claimed that by uSwitch who have done 2 million speed tests, that the national average speed of 9.6Mbps is only being reached at 3am.
Useful for vampires and night-shift perverts then.
Speeds in some cases are dropping from 9.6Mbps to 3.4Mbps, which is not what we're paying for and certainly not what is being claimed by ISPs in their promotional blurb.
BT have criticised uSwitch for the research and won't be happy about these latest findings. In related news, BT have announced their superfast broadband service which claims to match Virgin Media's 100Mbps fibre broadband.
John Petter, managing director of BT's consumer division, says: "We are seeing very encouraging takeup of our fibre-based broadband and we now have more than 300,000 customers. BT Infinity Option 3 matches the top speed currently available in the UK and beats the upload speed offered by Virgin Media's best offering."
This new service is bundled with unlimited evening and weekend calls on BT Infinity Option 3 and will cost you £35.00 per month. It will only be available from a limited number of exchanges initially, according to one report, so well done if you live in Ilford, Forest Hill, Highams Park and Leytonstone in London, Ashford in Middlesex, Chester, York, St. Austell and Exeter.
Of course, this is no use to anyone if you have to use it at 3am to get the best out of your connection.