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.