Just switched from the worlds crappiest cable account to ADSL2.

Old speed: 512k down, 16k up
New speed: 12M down, 512k up

I'm noticing the difference :P
Posted on 2010-06-04 09:25:48 by Homer
Orly? ;)

My first ADSL after moving away from good ol' mummy was 512/128... realized I could get it boosted to 4096/256 for $16/mo and waiving my right to support - and when they boosted it, they accidentally gave me 512 up :P. Ever since, they've boosted the speed every now and then, and I'm maxed out at 20/2, which I believe is the capacity of adsl2+ (at least the way it's configured here). Considering moving to a competing company though, since they offer 25/2 VDSL for the same price.

Too bad FTTH is such a bitch to get when you're not a homeowner.
Posted on 2010-06-04 16:53:46 by f0dder
Plans for FTTH have been canceled here for now... They're settling for VDSL first (which still requires fiber, but not as much).
I'll have to see when it becomes available in my area. Currently I'm on ADSL2+, effectively getting about 12/1 mbit.
Alternatively I can get fast cable, but they don't allow me to run servers and things, technically.
I believe currently the cable is max 50/5 mbit speed. Not bad.
Posted on 2010-06-04 17:19:51 by Scali
VDSL runs on standard copper, not fibre... it's speed/quality still degrades the farther you live from the switching central, but does so slower than ADSL. I've heard of implementations that run fibre all the way to the "splitter box outside your apartment" instead of just to the switching central, though - that way you should be able to reach full speed since you'll only be running a very short distance on copper.
Posted on 2010-06-04 17:54:18 by f0dder

VDSL runs on standard copper, not fibre...

I hate it when people assume I don't know what I'm talking about.
Ofcourse I know that.
Your own post already explains what I meant: if you want to have the full speed advantage of VDSL (which they need, as they already max out ADSL2+, and need to compete with cable's higher speeds), you need to run fiber 'to the curb', as they call it.
Which is why the implementation of VDSL requires more fiber than ADSL. But not as much as FTTH, as I said... The 'not as much' part is the copper line to your VDSL modem obviously.

A guy told me a while ago: People sometimes think you're one step behind, while you're actually two steps ahead.
Somehow your post reminded me of that...
Posted on 2010-06-05 06:37:03 by Scali