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Another fibre optic broadband provider expanding to DOCSIS 3.0
Thursday 29 May 2008 16:12:40 by Andrew Ferguson

The ASA ruling on the use of the words 'fibre optic' has now also been adopted by a cable provider that operates in Scotland. SmallWorld Media promotes itself as offering high speed fibre optic broadband, but rest assured this is currently a fibre/coax cable hybrid utilising DOCSIS 1.x and 2.0 just like Virgin Media.

The interesting part that is really the news has been highlighted on DigitalSpy which is that SmallWorld Media are looking to start using EuroDOCSIS 3.0 which allows for much higher speed cable broadband connections. By bonding of the channels downstream speeds of 200Mbps are possible.

While we can all moan about the advertising terminology used, if the end result is that an increasing percentage of the UK will have the option of faster broadband services that is a good thing.


Posted by Dawn_Falcon over 9 years ago
Not when the bandwidth limits have not meaninfully risen and in many cases like VM have fallen - then the faster sevices are simply a ripoff.

This is the case for 95%+ of connections.
Posted by KarlAustin over 9 years ago
Stupid stupid ASA, by the same definition, ADSL is Fiber optic broadband then.
Posted by chrysalis over 9 years ago
advertising itself doesnt bring faster connections, so the last comment confuses me somewhat on the article.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
Maybe they should rename there self from smallworld media to another planet media cos it seems like virgin thats exactly where they are living.
Odcom as usual, fumble around like its their first sexual encounter and do nothing about these companys claiming they are supplying fibre. As to the ASA, dont make me laugh they are too busy dealing with all the complaints from fools that saw a TV program use the word fanny before 9PM, also how they can make a decision like this i dunno, i expect they know as much about the technology as our own dimwitted government.
Posted by AdamGz0r over 9 years ago
Posted by djay over 9 years ago
I had the misfortune to actually buy there cable service off them and after a few botchup installation's and a 5 week wait to clear a cable duct (which took the man 1 minute to do by jamming a large drill bit down) , i had a working upto 20mbit 20:1 connection which downloaded at best at 15mbit and worst at 50k a second.

The packet loss as they use daemon Internet and they latency for games playing 40-60mspings in the uk (i ping 18-25 with ukonline0 meant i canceled there service after 20 minutes.

Terrible customer service and a joke of a backbone to provide service with.
Posted by djay over 9 years ago
Oh yeah just looked at there site and they have this listed

"High speed broadband with no usage allowances to worry about, and now with the fastest speeds available in the UK."

20mbit fastest in the uk ? no maybe is there upload speeds but wait there only 512k uploads hmm am i missing something ....

Surely thats mis-selling if ever i saw it.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
Yep Djay they talk complete and utter nonsense, i like you am another ukonline'r again ping around 20-30ms and can push my connection to 20Mb (actually just over by a few kb but it gets very flakey) by tweaking my SNR figure... And im around 2KM from the exchange LOL... Then we have bethere users that live inside the telephone exchange that have been getting around the full 24Mb for a year or more. Virgin media fastest in the UK?? That quote makes me hungry for a flying pig sandwich.
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