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Jersey to see ADSL running flat-out
Friday 28 March 2008 17:48:57 by Andrew Ferguson

Jersey has a population of around 89,300 people who look set to benefit from ADSL upgrades that Jersey Telecom is planning to carry out in 2008. The island currently has a maximum connection speed of 2Mbps for its ADSL products, with the price varying according to your level of usage.

The upgrade work mentioned on BBC News hints at speeds of 8MB, which we presume to mean 8 Mega bits per second (Mbps) and will make use of rate adaptive ADSL as used in the UK and around the world.

The 20GB usage allowance for £17.99 compares favourably with the usage levels for similarly priced products across the UK. Whether the price will increase for the up to 8Mbps products is unknown.

While headline speeds look like they may quadruple, just as ADSL2+ adverts appear to offer speeds double or triple what ADSL provides in the UK, it is important to remember that increases like this will only occur on the shortest lines. With ADSL in the UK around 25% of lines connect at 8Mbps and as the length of the telephone line increases the connection speed drops off.

Comments

Posted by Somerset over 9 years ago
It's only a small island so distances may not be that long.
Posted by normsland over 9 years ago
My ISP Entanet publish the BRAS profile of their customer base and it seems that 21.4% of their customers are connecting at the highest speed of 7150. More info can be found here:
http://noc.enta.net/?page_id=215
Posted by wispy over 9 years ago
what exactly has that got to do with Jersey Telecom?
Posted by normsland over 9 years ago
Sorry I was referring to the comment of "With ADSL in the UK around 25% of lines connect at 8Mbps".
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 9 years ago
If you have an IP Profile/BRAS Data Rate of 7150 then this is the maximum TCP throughput and shows the ADSL is connected at 8128Kbps, i.e. maximum under Max.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
Ive never even understood why waffy MAX products are even termed when running at maximum speed 8Mb cos they aint.
Posted by ETEE over 9 years ago
Because they are exchanging packets at a rate of 8128kbps. Not all of them contain useful data though.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
quote"Because they are exchanging packets at a rate of 8128kbps. Not all of them contain useful data though."
Exactly so all those ISPs that say stuff like "DOWNLOAD rates upto 8Mb" are technically liars, you will never get a download rate of 8Mb. There are always overheads.
Either way nice to see Jersey will be getting a service more inline with what mainland uk has.
Wont comment on the ADSL2+ bit of the story, as a fair percentage in the UK it wont make a blind bit of difference to for speeds.
Posted by Pigmaster over 9 years ago
Why don't Jersey Telcom just bypass the Rate-Adaptive 8Mb Max service and put ADSL 2+ straight in, I am sure it would make more financial sense.
Posted by 6625 over 9 years ago
And let's not forget the charges for pensioners are very attractive in Jersey, or were last time I heard.
Posted by wispy over 9 years ago
i see what you are saying about adsl2+, but would it actually make financial sense? there are only 90k people there, and i wonder what percentage actually use broadband?

although the island is small (9 by 5 miles), it is spread out and i would imagine there could be some lenghty lines involved
Posted by ian72 over 9 years ago
@wispy - the jersey telecoms site seems to suggest 50% of households have broadband
Posted by Pigmaster over 9 years ago
look at it this way, if they don't roll our ADSL 2+ some time in the future then Jersey will never have faster ADSL. It was only a few years ago that we had 512, then upgrades to 2mb then the magic Max of 8mb, and now BT are rolling out ADSL 2+. It can only be 5 years before we get FTTC or FTTH or WiMax everywhere and no be reliant on land lines.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
quote"look at it this way, if they don't roll our ADSL 2+ some time in the future then Jersey will never have faster ADSL."

Faster compared to what???? Many in the UK when BT ADSL2+ comes along will see little or no change in speed anyway, its only people resonably close to an exchange that will see a big leap in speeds... Jersey having ADSL MAX like products or ADSL2+ wont make much difference, on average the speeds will compare pretty much like for like with the UK and BT lines.
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