Bonded DSL: Bonding Three and Four ADSL Lines (Part 2)

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This is the second part of our independent review of bonded broadband solutions from UK-based Evolving Networks. In our first review, we tested the bonding of two DSL connections. In this article, we present the results from bonding three and four DSL connections. Using individual ADSL2 lines capable of delivering downlink throughputs of about 5.5 … Read more

Review of Bonded ADSL From Evolving Networks


ADSL bonding is significantly cheaper than a leased line and provides businesses with resilience. Since there is so little published independent information on the real performance of bonded ADSL solutions, we are delighted that we have been able to trial a bonded ADSL service from UK-based Evolving Networks. Here we bring the first part of … Read more

Fibre Broadband (FTTC) Self Install and the Risks to Broadband Speeds Without a VDSL Faceplate Filter

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The accountants seem to have been actively working in BT recently, with a number interesting, financially-motivated decisions taken. These revolve around optimising BT’s services to better reflect the practical costs of installation of fibre-optic cables for FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) on Demand and FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) equipment in residential and business premises. … Read more

TV and Video Driving the Demand For Superfast Fibre Broadband

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When we try to explain to people why they should subscribe to a fibre broadband service if fibre is available, the discussion tends to move quickly to TV and video services. One of the reasons is that many people using conventional ADSL and ADSL2+ services seem perfectly happy with the speeds they get for services … Read more

Latest Pricing Positions FTTP as a Niche Product

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BT’s Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) on Demand service has been surrounded by a great deal of mystery. While some critics have pointed to Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) technology adopted for BT’s mainstream roll-out as not providing the best long-term, future-proof architecture for superfast broadband, BT and many BDUK-related superfast broadband projects have emphasised … Read more

Best ADSL Modem: Our Recommended ADSL/ADSL2+ Modem Router


New! For our latest recommendations, visit our Which Broadband Router Modem page. Particularly for broadband users living a significant distance from their BT exchange, the choice of modem router can make a substantial difference to the speeds that can be obtained on ADSL and ADSL2+ lines. Modem routers are certainly not all the same, and … Read more

What’s Involved in a Fibre Broadband Customer Installation?

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Updated: February 2021. I was lucky to witness the very first customer installation of superfast fibre broadband associated with the Connecting Cambridgeshire project. The installation itself was very quick, and is captured in the video below (together with before and after speed tests). Thanks to BT Openreach and engineer Ben Williams for allowing me to … Read more

First Fibre Cabinets For Connecting Cambridgeshire

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Connecting Cambridgeshire celebrated its first milestone – the first ten fibre street cabinets going live for the project – at a special event in Grafham. Connecting Cambridgeshire has one of the most ambitious objectives among BDUK-related roll-out programmes, aiming to achieve 98% fibre broadband coverage in Cambridgeshire by the end of 2015. In attendance was … Read more

How Fast Could FTTC Go With Vectoring?

BT Openreach

Vectoring could allow BT to achieve 100 Mbps download and 40 Mbps upload speeds Read our follow-up articles: Fibre Broadband VDSL2 Vectoring Finally Arrives (Nov 2017) Early Deployment of Vectoring is Essential to Avoid a Crosstalk Crisis with FTTC Fibre Broadband (Jul 2014) While BT’s Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC service) currently offers download connection speeds of up … Read more

Bonded ADSL Much Cheaper than a Leased Line

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Updated February 2021. In areas where superfast or ultrafast broadband is not available, telecom suppliers often point businesses in need of reliable high-speed Internet access towards leased lines, particularly in areas where superfast broadband is not available. However, leased lines can be very expensive and bonded ADSL can potentially provide a much cheaper alternative. A leased … Read more

Chart of ADSL and ADSL2+ Speed Versus Line Loss


Updated: February 2021. While ISPs used to advertise ADSL2+ and ADSL services as having maximum downlink connection speeds of 24 Mbps and 8 Mbps, respectively, few broadband users achieve such speeds. Broadband signals from the exchange suffer attenuation as they travels along the cable from the exchange to your broadband modem, reducing the speeds that … Read more

Quick and Free Way to Test if a Filtered Faceplate Will Improve Your Broadband

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Updated February 2021. Before spending any money, here is a quick, painless and completely free method to determine if a filtered faceplate will improve your broadband connection. It works for standard broadband (ADSL/ADSL2+) and fibre broadband (Fibre-to-the-Cabinet – FTTC) connections. First, you should baseline your broadband connection, and determine the connection speed of your link. … Read more

Introduction to the Increase Broadband Speed Website and Blog


If you’re struggling with your broadband connection, or you would simply like to get the very best speeds and reliability from your broadband line, then the Increase Broadband Speed website and blog are for you. We bring together, in one place, proven techniques that can substantially increase your broadband speeds, and we provide recommendations for … Read more