So you think 512KBs is fast, how about 8MBs?

  LastChip 23:06 09 Aug 2004

It seems South Korea is one of the leading places on earth for Broadband and even the smallest villages have access. click here

Here we are in the UK, still worrying about the cost of providing a service to all of our communities. How far are we going to slip behind? Who IS the third world nation I wonder?

Sometimes in spite of being a true Englishman and proud of my Country, I despair!

  Forum Editor 23:58 09 Aug 2004

You may well despair, but you might depair a little more if you were faced with maintaining the UK's complex and ageing Telecoms network.

Later developing countries have one big advantage when it comes to telecoms - they have no legacy networks. This means they can buy straight into the latest technology and leapfrog the rest of us (work that is often funded by foreign aid). Very often it's BT engineers who instal this equipment in far-flung spots, and I well remember an occasion when I was being driven through the countryside in a Central African country. I was going to talk to a group of people in the tourist industry about web sites and marketing, and as we went through a village I suddenly spotted a phone kiosk standing quite alone in the dust. I asked the driver to stop, and walked over to take a look. The kiosk was a state-of-the art satellite phonebox, and I could have dialled direct to New York with my credit card. The driver thought the whole thing was hilarious - he said that he doubted if there was anyone within twenty miles who had a credit card, let alone the need to make an international phone call, but there it was - the technology would be there when it was needed.

We're different - we all have phones and credit cards, and we make illions of international calls. What we don't have is that 'clean slate' situation on the telecoms front, and BT's life is far more involved because of it.

  Forum Editor 23:59 09 Aug 2004

they must be off-peak millions.

  LastChip 00:28 10 Aug 2004

Although BT have been investing in Broadband, it's still a sort of patch up job. The equipment is going into most exchanges, but the last mile is through marginal copper cable, that may (or may not) be within range.

The government spouts on about leading Europe in Broadband Technology, but it's all nonsense to anyone who bothers to look outside of Britain.

Even the USA, in spite of it's size seems to manage 1MBs as a standard offering.

Some of us have access to cable. Wow! Fibre Optics, but still, no cable company even thinks about the sort of speeds seen in South Korea. So even where the infrastructure exists, we still cannot enjoy state of the art communication.

I'm afraid, we live in a Country that is paranoid about short term profit, and anything that will take a few years to recover, does not even reach the Radar Screen.

But mark my words; it will catch up with our children and they will pay dearly for our lack of investment today. A little more give, and a little less take, would work wonders for our Country.

  CurlyWhirly 21:15 10 Aug 2004

Good point!
BT should give the consumer the choice of contention ratios with (say) a 20.1 contention rate being (a bit) more expensive than the standard 50.1 ratio.

  LastChip 22:15 10 Aug 2004

because they need to control bandwidth. They don't have an infinite capacity.

Price banding comes from the wholesale price BT charges ISP's. As the contention ratio goes down, the price goes up, so ISP's pass this on to their customers.

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