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    Sky will be looking to run trials of fibre-optic broadband

    This is a discussion on Sky will be looking to run trials of fibre-optic broadband within the Sky news and announcements forums, part of the SkyUser Announcements category; Our new cabinet was put in place about 18 months ago and BT Infinity has been available to me for ...

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      Re: Sky will be looking to run trials of fibre-optic broadband

      Our new cabinet was put in place about 18 months ago and BT Infinity has been available to me for about a year. Wonder if this means I will be able to get Sky Fibre in April?
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      Re: Sky will be looking to run trials of fibre-optic broadband

      No reason why you shouldn't, but if the uptake is as big as some would suggest then the actual connection could take several weeks or even months, depending on how busy the local engineers are. If you want it, better get in quick

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      Re: Sky will be looking to run trials of fibre-optic broadband

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      Re: Sky will be looking to run trials of fibre-optic broadband

      With regards to BT cabinets, I'm a bit disappointed with how far mine is to be honest. When I first heard about FTTC, I saw a cabinet in the next street and (perhaps naively) thought that's where my connection would come from (or a new cabinet near it). I might still get around 31meg (estimated), but already my thoughts are turning to the double-speed implementation they're talking about. Are we ever satisfied .

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      Re: Sky will be looking to run trials of fibre-optic broadband

      Quote Originally Posted by joe pineapples View Post
      With regards to BT cabinets, I'm a bit disappointed with how far mine is to be honest. When I first heard about FTTC, I saw a cabinet in the next street and (perhaps naively) thought that's where my connection would come from (or a new cabinet near it). I might still get around 31meg (estimated), but already my thoughts are turning to the double-speed implementation they're talking about. Are we ever satisfied .
      The closest cabinet may not be the one you are fed from.

      In the past openreach may have had a cabinet which was full and so may have fed a house line to a cabinet further away.

      Also my cabinet doesn't feed the people opposite me on the street, I am almost the last house where that cabinet serves and the people opposite me are serverd by the cab in the oppsite direction. Which is unlucky for them as their cabinet doesn't have FTTC yet.

      Anyways the line checkers have been fairly conservative (my 33 was 52 in reality) and 10 days ago saw the 17a line profiles being brought into play which uplifted a lot of the line checks to their new 80/20 possible speeds (capped at 40 for now).

      So is your estimate of 31 meg in the last 10 days?
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      Re: Sky will be looking to run trials of fibre-optic broadband

      Something to bear in mind with all these discussions is that your broadband connection is effectively limited by the speed of the server you are connected to, no matter how fast your line is. We've all experienced this at some time or another when connecting to a site that never seemed to finish loading.

      The majority of personal websites are hosted on cheap shared hosting packages, where potentially thousands of users are all using the same server, so resources and bandwidth is divided among every user. That's why they are often slow to load if badly managed.

      Serious commercial websites are often hosted on a VPS or fully dedicated server and most of those have a 100mbps connection, which has to cope with all the users online. There are very few servers with a 1000mbps ports mainly because they are hugely expensive to run. I just thought it was worth pointing out that some of the talked about speeds are only theoretical in many cases. Upload speeds are also limited.

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      Re: Sky will be looking to run trials of fibre-optic broadband

      This will go to explaining why many people will not notice much difference when they are browsing the Internet.

      Quote Originally Posted by Flashman View Post
      Serious commercial websites are often hosted on a VPS or fully dedicated server and most of those have a 100mbps connection, which has to cope with all the users online...
      You'll be happy to know then that this site is moving across to a 100mbps connection in the very near future.

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      Re: Sky will be looking to run trials of fibre-optic broadband

      Strangley, the infinity site said before I could get 24mb down and 10mb up, after the update it said i could get 33mb down, 5.9mb up!

      I'm about 1.1km as the crow flies to the exchange. .... still canny find my fibre cabinet locally

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      Re: Sky will be looking to run trials of fibre-optic broadband

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      This will go to explaining why many people will not notice much difference when they are browsing the Internet.



      You'll be happy to know then that this site is moving across to a 100mbps connection in the very near future.
      That's good. I don't know what sort of traffic levels you get here but judging by the number of users I assume it must be reasonably busy at times. Yes you are right also that a faster broadband connection doesn't always translate into significantly faster browsing speed if the host server is under pressure.

      I host my sites on a VPS through Hetzner and find it's fine for all my traffic. For a couple of years I had them on a fairly high end dedicated server but it was expensive to run and the traffic levels rarely spiked high enough to justify the costs involved.

      Something worth considering for some is that if your ISP gave you a fixed IP number there is no reason why you couldn't host a site from your own computer with a decent fibre connection assuming it was reliable and save on hosting fees...

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      Re: Sky will be looking to run trials of fibre-optic broadband

      Quote Originally Posted by Flashman View Post
      That's good. I don't know what sort of traffic levels you get here but judging by the number of users I assume it must be reasonably busy at times. Yes you are right also that a faster broadband connection doesn't always translate into significantly faster browsing speed if the host server is under pressure.
      This is something that isn't known to myself. Ged and Glen, the site owners, might be able to answer them. Check out this thread for more information: We're On The Move!

      Quote Originally Posted by Flashman View Post
      Something worth considering for some is that if your ISP gave you a fixed IP number there is no reason why you couldn't host a site from your own computer with a decent fibre connection assuming it was reliable and save on hosting fees...
      I am sure that they would have considered this, but I know that such a connection hosting this site & forum, the O2User site and forum (that they also host) and the SkyUser SMTP server, radio and games server would take quite a bashing looking at the lists of members and guests on-line on this forum alone.

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