The authoritative ‘Samknows.com’ is now showing an RFS (Ready for Service to the rest of us) date of 12th October 2012 (recently put back from 30th September 2012). But what does this actually mean?
Is this the new Superfast Broadband service we see all the adverts for on TV?
No – the 21CN (21st Century Network) service is still based on the copper wire between the Lyme Regis exchange and our properties (business and residential). We should not expect a rush of young South American ladies knocking on our door, wanting to contact their boyfriends at home (see current BT advert programme, which does not relate to this service).
Does this mean that BT will be offering a better service locally?
Yes and No…
Yes – Existing BT customers should be able to secure an upgrade in their service from ‘Up to 8Mb’ under the existing archaic system to ‘Up to 24Mb’. However this will still fall away rapidly with distance from the Lyme Exchange. The 24Mb will only be achieved on the doorstep of the exchange and the benefit falls away swiftly with distance, such that remote premises should expect little or no improvement in their speeds. We should hopefully see a more stable service as the new ADSL2+ service is an improvement on the existing basic ADSL.
and No… This is no improvement over the services already offered by Sky (Easynet) and Talk Talk from Lyme Regis exchange. It is merely BT catching up with the local competition – perhaps as many customers either have, or have indicated an intention to change supplier?