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

      Sky expands core network in anticipation of usage doubling by June 2012

      Another one pointing towards fibre from Sky. Why else would they make such a major upgrade?


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

      Quote Originally Posted by AndyJG View Post
      A few ramblings.

      I'm not clear on how Sky are going to implement fibre.

      If I've understood correctly other FTTC providers resell BT product.
      All the traffic goes from the DSLAM back to the exchange via BT fibre and then back to wherever to be distributed to the various ISPs.

      The perceived wisdom is that Sky is trying to get away from using BT resources.
      Do they lay their own fibre from the exchange to the DSLAM or can their traffic be extracted at the exchange?

      I was talking to a couple of engineers installing a DSLAM in Ruislip recently.
      To make more space for the frame for the tie-lines the old cast iron case was replaced with a larger steel one but all the internals remained the same unaltered.

      There were approximately 800 lines in the cab and 200 lines in the DSLAM.
      Only lines on FTTC would be jumpered-out to the DSLAM via the tie-lines all other lines remained the same.

      If Sky want to use their own equipment does it mean they have to provide their own DSLAM and tie-lines because I can't see that happening?
      I think the traffic will be extracted at the exchange where it will be fed to Sky's backhaul. This way they will still use BT's DLM and speed profiles but would have control over throttling and traffic shaping which I believe occurs at backhaul level.

      I can't really see Sky installing their own DSLAMs in cabinets.

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

      At this stage all we can do is guess what Sky is intending to do.

      They have been trying to get access to use BTO's telegraph poles for their own lines at a reduced rate.

      The option to use BTO's existing Fibre & Copper network is still available.

      There are several reported incidents on this forum where BTO engineers have mucked around with Sky customers and have been unable or perhaps unwilling to repair a fault without a rocket up their rear end.

      If this is just the tip of the iceberg, then I suspect that Sky and other ISPs will soon be wanting to move away from having BTO work on their customer's lines.

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

      i personally wouldnt blame sky for moving away from bt as clearly it shows bt doesnt like sky because sky is popular.

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

      MediaTel: Newsline: BoAML: Sky to launch wholesale fibre offering

      Even though i live in a town with 70,000+ population according to wiki, there is still no plans whatsoever to upgrade the area to fibre, and no virgin media, so it looks like i'm stuck on DSL for the foreseeable future. I'm lucky i'm close to the exchange so i get about 15mb, but the upload speed is the killer.

      I use online backup for some of my files and it takes weeks to backup my data, if anyone wants to use the internet while it uploads, it bogs the whole connection down unless i set it so "slow" which just makes the backup take longer. Youtube videos and everything else i need to upload just add to the long list of reasons i would love fibre. The extra download speed isn't quite as important for me at the moment, it's still a nice bonus, but if the past has anything to go by, something will come along that will make super fast fibre an essential thing. I think remote storage/remote access/cloud services are just the start. About 9-10 years ago, most people i knew were on 512k broadband, 10 times faster than dialup, one or 2 people were on 1mb, then Virgin (Telewest) announced the 2mb and 4mb tiers. "No one realistically needs 4mb" everyone said.

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

      Looks like Sky's bankers have pre-empted Sky's expected announcement on fibre.

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

      well we can only wait and see cant we weather there will be a fibre product soon or not.

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

      nice if sky do this people may take it up i mean how can sky say theres not much interest in fibre. yes the small areas maybe but not the bigger areas.

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

      Quote Originally Posted by mrbish82 View Post
      I use online backup for some of my files and it takes weeks to backup my data, if anyone wants to use the internet while it uploads, it bogs the whole connection down unless i set it so "slow" which just makes the backup take longer.
      Consider investing in a NAS Drive or external drive instead.

      Whilst it would be vulnerable should you home be damaged through fire or flood, something than an on-line storage facility is also vulnerable to, but hopefully less so, either option would provide you a much faster solution in the interim period.

      The only major downside to this is that just now the prices of hard drives has shot up due to the floods in Thailand.

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

      I do use a NAS for quick backups, plus all my media is stored on there to share across laptop/smartphones, but there's so much i can't replace, all it takes is a break-in and that's everything gone. It's OK after the initial backup, then it just backs up the occasional file as needed.

     

     

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