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Fast Fibre Optic Broadband BT Infinity

How many of you are aware that BT Infinity is available in Sidmouth?
It is not too expensive and the speed is amazing Emails and photos etc download in the blink of an eye.
I'm not sure how many people have signed up for it but it doesn't appear to be well known in my friendly circles - maybe BT should be promoting it more.

USwitch website

http://www.uswitch.com/broadband/postcode_checker/?gclid=CKKV9fDcwrUCFZTHtAodNQ8AcA

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PennyPincher
I just like to add I do not work nor ever have worked for BT
Just that I have been impressed with their customer service
Phillip A
Very interested to hear this.

Do you actually have a FTTC ( Fibre To The Cabinet )  connection ?

I have been registered with Talk Talk for 6 months now, for them to advise me when this available here. No advise from them yet.  Talk Talk indicate on the site you give a link to, that it is available. Go to Talk Talk and  it is not yet available, but will be soon. Other sites give an expected date of June 2013.

But google FTTC connections and you will find that BT are frequently giving dates that have little relationship  with reality.

I know of no fibre (FTTC)  cabinets installed yet anywhere in Sidmouth.

The location of the cabinets is important as to get the full speed it seems you have to be reasonably near the cabinet. The speed drops off the further away you are until at about 1200 metres you nearly down to  ADSL speeds. i.e. about 10mbs instead of the 38mbs or 76mbs indicated. 

Perhaps if anyone spots a BT engineer installing one of these green cabinets they could post it's location.
David H
unfortunately it is a problem with U-switch... if you actually go on the BT site and put in your details it will tell you that the area is not fibre ready... Exeter, on the other hand, IS fibre ready although a friend who lives in exeter told me that only virgin are supplying fibre broadband in her area of exeter... 

it's only a matter of time and i really cannot wait!
Tell It As It Is inactive
I know of other areas in the country where fibre optic cable was laid and it was a fairly big job right throughout the town involving a vast amount of trench digging and running cables down man-holes etc. Is that what will be needed before we get fibre optic associated speeds here in Sidmouth? Things get bad enough now with the various road works dotted about the place ............. but, a full blown assault with fibre optic cable would totally disrupt the place would it not? Can see the shopkeepers getting up in ams about that and yet faster speeds would benefit most of them.
BaileyB
There is a big sticker on the cabinet (cabinet 19 apparently) saying Fibre is available - quick check in the bt website and it tells me I can have it....... Hmmmm!
BaileyB
forgot to say, cabinet 19 is at bottom of stowford rise.
BaileyB
And when I say a big sticker, I mean an a3 colour poster - you cant miss it - which is why I looked! its only about £23 unlimited download  and the speed they quoted on the websit is ma-hoo-sifff. 38mb download speed and 9.5 upload (UP TO)   for £3 more you get unlimited / 76mb UL/ 19mb DL - or if your skint its £18 for a 40gb Download limit  38mb DL/ 9.5UL and there is an online exlusive with £9/£16/£23 for the first 3 months depending on package.  £25 activation fee on all but top package but yo do get £50 of sainsbury vouchers.  Hope this helps and saves you looking..
PennyPincher
Yes - we are on Cabinet No 7 which is in the Woolbrook area. If you go to USwitch site can find out if on by Postcode search. Or the BT search by inputting your telephone number. Often seen Openreach men working on various sites around Sidmouth area. Altho only trad wire system from the cabinet - tis much speedier and no (or rare) dropped connections.
Sidford Pete
We are on Sidford High Street and when I requested it  I was told not available
PennyPincher
David H - perhaps your area not yet ready it appears to be certain areas in Sidmouth that are Infinity ready. I understand it available Salcombe Rd area ' + Stowford and Woolbrook.
I am interested enough to peer at all green cabinets to look for numbers etc - will add interest to my walks *nosey old gal* ;)
PennyPincher
BaileyB - I think the Sainsbury's voucher may only available to new/returning customers sign up to BT - not if BT customer upgrading.
I complained to BT that their website info is bit confusing differentiate between new & existing customers etc.
Gillian W
It will be available in Sidford road at the end of March (approx), talk talk sales team called and I got them to check.
David H
pennypincher, yes it seems like they are rolling it out box  by box, the point i meant to make really is that although sidmouth is enabled in areas, i checked my postcode on uswitch and it said i was able to get it but bt postcode checker says otherwise...
PennyPincher
That's annoying David H - you'd think they'd all be consistent wouldn't you?

I had reg my interest with BT Infinity long time ago. So when i heard it had come into this area I checked online - next thing I knew BT rang wanted me to sign up - I don't like doing that over the phone - I like to read T&C's and keep a copy of exactly what I'm agreeing to - so signed up that way

I hope you don't have to wait too long.

I like the idea of Philip A of us all keeping ours eyes open for Openreach engineers and reporting on their activity/ location Makes a change from bird spotting ;)
David H
well i think openzone have done most of the bulk work, seems to just be the cabinets now. i actually spend half my time at winslade, half my time at barn hayes and i just found out yesterday that barn hayes is fibre enabled so am going to make the switch soon i hope. When i was at winslade, just after exeter had fibre rolled out, there were openzone engineers all over town and i was downloading some games through steam and our usual adsl2+ speeds were about 1.8-1.9 megabytes (not to be confused with the megabits they advertise) per second but for some unknown reason, the speed leapt up to nearly 10mb/s for a couple of hours... a speed that is physically impossible on standard adsl2+ lines. it was at that point that i got the impression they were rolling out cable or fibre in town. 

Also pennypincher, i agree with you on the phone calls, i hate making deals on the phone i never get what we agree and it ends up as dozens of phone calls later to get things rectified. Besides, if you get your BT internet online, where you can read binding agreements and the like, you actually get a better price for going online.

off-topic, I wish providers would advertise their speeds in real terms... nobody works in megabits, everyone measures in megabytes nowadays, extremely annoying having to divide by 8 to work out what i am actually going to be getting.
PennyPincher
David H - I think the speed is faster than I've been used to & increased even more now that PC no longer Wireless connection to modem.

File auto backup run faster & emails download faster - glad about the latter as we have a new baby in the family; new photos come through every time she smiles or burbs ;)

But what I value most is the increased connectivity The wireless connection to Sky+ box would drop out almost on a daily basis. Now been connected for 10 days ;)
Bruce L
I had pretty good speeds before with Eclipse, and have just upgraded to superfast Broadband and am getting download speeds of around 38Mb/s and uploads of 1.85. The usual speed test sites don't seem to cope with fibre, but I was given BT wholesale speedtest site which is very good.

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