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Ask4 starts roll-out of 50Mbps product
Saturday 06 September 2008 15:10:38 by Andrew Ferguson

The battle for who can name their service as the fastest broadband service in the UK continues. Ask4 can provide a symmetric 25Mbps for £50 a month in a number of student halls and apartment blocks in the Leeds and Sheffield areas, but they are not standing still. Students living in The Pinnacles in Sheffield will have the option of a 50Mbps product.

Most UK broadband products favour the download side of the connection, the symmetric nature of the ask4 products means that even the 4Meg connection at £15 a month should trounce any cable broadband or ADSL2+ based connection in terms of upload speed. The 25Meg connection so long as contention does not become a major issue will also be a major boon to people who work from home and need to upload masses of content to corporate servers, or people who simply produce more web content than they consume.

The limited availability of the ask4 products, means that while they probably hold the crown of the fastest available consumer broadband product in the UK, that once Virgin Media rolls out its 50Mbps product it will still publicise that it has the fastest widely available UK broadband product.

Comments

Posted by harpboy over 8 years ago
Just read the t&c's

states under the customer obligations

'must have a fully licensed version xp or vista or mac os tiger or later'


So what about Linux users?

'must not run a server' what is the point of having such a bug upload if your not using it for running a server.

'must not use a router or nat device'

this sucks

what is the point of all that bandwidth if you can't use it to do all the things most geeks want to.
Posted by harpboy over 8 years ago
Oh and they are going to throttle

allow Ask4 to carry out port scanning traffic shaping traffic monitoring and such other measures as ask4 may determine from time to time to ensure optimum performance of the Service for all or a majority of users
Posted by AndrueC over 8 years ago
Hey look! Too good to be true!

..it must be an Internet related product :)
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
If you understood this is a joint residence product (students, flats shared etc) alot of those terms and the reasons why are pretty obvious.
Posted by t0m5k1 over 8 years ago
so students or people within a shared network or even a flat renter/owner MUST have M$ windblows (in all money making directons) XP
look out computer science students because you wont be able to use this!!!!!

i feel like moving in & signing up to this just so i can run ubuntu on the end of this connection & see what they say???

i wonder if they support PPPoE!!!

lmfao
Posted by comnut over 8 years ago
well with those limits they may not get that much custom..

those T&Cs look like a lot I have seen though, mostly overlooked due to the difficulty of proving whether it is happening or not!!

anyone want to try, or are you just gonna blindly believe??
Posted by blahblah_ over 8 years ago
i would imagine those T&C are for their student connections and not any residential packages. No routers at a student building is presumably to stop students sharing connections and/or causing problems on the LAN with any misconfigured routers (its essentially a giant LAN, after all).
The operating system thing does look strange though i suspect those are the OS's they officially support and will give technical support for, meaning your prolly fine to use Linux however cant get any detailed technical support for it.
Posted by comnut over 8 years ago
Well it is not clear at all if Ask4 actually manages the service INSIDE the property or not... (I would be surprised it it did...)

Most student residencies are usually managed by the college computer centre, with its own server, and applies its own restrictions... this usually means that *any* PC cannot connect, until its NIC number is logged to the server to enable access...
Posted by comnut over 8 years ago
I guess no-one has bothered asking ask????
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
quote"so students or people within a shared network or even a flat renter/owner MUST have M$ windblows (in all money making directons) XP
look out computer science students because you wont be able to use this!!!!!
i feel like moving in & signing up to this just so i can run ubuntu on the end of this connection & see what they say???"
For someone that moans about windows so much its funny of all the linux distros, you choose the most noob one possible designed to look and feel like windows. As others have touched on since your post the reasons for some of the rules are obvious.
Posted by lt567 over 8 years ago
Ask4 supply my broadband to my student halls in Sheffield and they are fantastic. Very rarely i only notice a minor slowdown, other times its really fast. The ping times are brilliant, and the best thing is the price comes with the accommodation so all i do is pay a £50 connection fee and the broadband is free for the remaining tenancy
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
Ask4s idea seems pretty simple but effective... I may be wrong im not the most tech savy but it seems basically they just set up a mini but fast LAN on a location and charge people to connect to it... Probably couldnt be done for every member of public but the student, flats, home shares etc idea and implementing it there is pure simple genius, fast speed for resonable prices that works... Something all of us would enjoy.
Posted by Somerset over 8 years ago
Does sound like that, is it CAT5/RJ45 to each room?
Posted by Somerset over 8 years ago
Found out -

Dedicated Ethernet connection to the building direct from the ask4 national network
100 Mb/s network to each apartment.

So probably a VOIP phone as well.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
Nice investigative work Somerset :) Amazing really the idea they have had is so simple, but works even though its not really a mass market product, you have to admire the simple idea they have had, a service IMO definately worth consideration if you can get it.
Posted by lt567 over 8 years ago
Well its not hard to find out guys its all on there website? The service is great for students i must say
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