Plusnet to upgrade upload speeds on entry level FTTC service
The last of the major providers with a large chunk of customers on the GEA-FTTC 40/2 wholesale was Plusnet but in a blog entry published on 27th October the provider has revealed that new customers will be connected to the 40/10 service which delivers maximum throughput speeds of 38 Mbps down and 9.5 Mbps up, with the biggest factor affecting the actual speed people will receive being the distance between there home and the VDSL2 cabinet.
The change from an up to 1.9 Mbps speed to an up to 9.5 Mbps upload service is something TalkTalk completed earlier in 2017 and we thought it was just a question of timing for when Plusnet would do the same. Existing Plusnet customers on the entry level fibre service should start to be upgraded in November.
The benefit will vary from line to line but we would expect majority to see a signifcant improvement and those who will notice the most are those who upload a lot of data e.g. posting video and pictures to social media and for online gamers who maybe have experimented with Twitch should find that the extra upload will allow them to stream a much higher quality video stream while still not unduly affecting their in game latency.
There is no price changes or contract commitments needed and while the 40/10 product is marginally more expensive than the old 40/2 product at the wholesale level in 2018 cuts are expected and with proposed changes to the Ofcom Broadband Speeds Code of Practice that is looking to make information on upload speeds a bit clearer having the slowest upload on a VDSL2 service was probably not a good idea and even more so if the expected changes around broadband speeds in advertising were to require the upload speed to be shown too.