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DSL Users : Bell to double speeds

deep

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http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/December2003/15/c3122.html

Executive summary : anyone on the 1.5 (standard) DSL service is going to get upgraded to 3megs (Ultra) speed for the same price. Anyone on the 3meg service will be bumped up to 4meg DSL (same price too). The news release is from Bell but it should affect any DSL user (i.e. if your DSL provider is someone other than Bell)


TORONTO, Dec. 15 /CNW/ - Offering the best performance in its class, Bell
Canada will double the speed of its High Speed Internet service from 1.5 Mbps
to up to 3 Mbps. Also receiving increased speeds are Bell Internet customers
who are currently on the 3Mbps service will move to up to 4 Mbps. Uploading
performance for both of these customer groups will increase five times to up
to 800kbps.
These speed upgrades will deliver measurable performance improvements
through Bell's further investment in network capability, not achievable by
just changing modem settings. The price for the enhanced service will not
change for either Bell residential Sympatico customers or Bell Business
Internet customers.
Bell's high-speed Internet service is the country's broadband market
leader with 1.4 million business and residential customers. Unlike cable high-
speed, Bell's high speed connections are carried via a dedicated line and are
not shared among users. This provides for greater consistency of speed
regardless of the time of day.
 
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crave_e

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I hate Bell.....
I know of other ADSL providers who were offering 3Meg months ago. I have a 7MEG ADSL connection at my SOHO.

Bell is just trying to catch up.
 

Balzz

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I'm only bitter because my new place is 7km from the CO and DSL is unavailable...I'm stuck with fucking cable with a fucking modem that goes offline when I use Bittorrent...how is it that an application can break the physical medium???? Did the design engineers not learn about the OSI layer model???? :mad:
 
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Aerius Zension

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Were they not capped at one point? I thought it was a 5 GB cap?

I used to be with Primus, because they were uncapped. And also the Air Miles.
 

Hi i'm God

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haha!

I live in friggen barrie in a Brand spanking new subdivision and I get wikked fast service already. I dont understand all this 7km away shite.
 

finary

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btw rogers website claims they are already 3.0Mbps down, and 384k up.

That's 375K/s downloads and 48K/s uploads...

While I don't complain with my current service, it's rare that I get the actual 375K/s.

Maybe from tucows or some local sites, sure.. but definitely not in general.

I'm curious, you bell 3.0M DSL subscribers, do you USUALLY see close to 375K/s?

/f
 

finary

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Originally posted by Hi i'm God
haha!

I live in friggen barrie in a Brand spanking new subdivision and I get wikked fast service already. I dont understand all this 7km away shite.
new subdivision = new lines

you could also have a central office close by
 

Balzz

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Originally posted by Hi i'm God
haha!

I live in friggen barrie in a Brand spanking new subdivision and I get wikked fast service already. I dont understand all this 7km away shite.
Most users in a city are no more than 4-5km away from a CO.
 
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crave_e

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Originally posted by Hi i'm God
haha!

I live in friggen barrie in a Brand spanking new subdivision and I get wikked fast service already. I dont understand all this 7km away shite.
ADSL rides on copper telephone lines.
The farther you are away from the Central Office the lower your speeds are. A Central Office is where ISP colocate their DSLams to deliver the access.

So someone living 1 KM away will get blazing fast speed vs someone who is 7 KM away. The maximum distance that ISP can deliver ADSL is 7KM. Anything over 7KM will be shit speeds.
 

matty

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Originally posted by finary

I'm curious, you bell 3.0M DSL subscribers, do you USUALLY see close to 375K/s?

/f
Not very often on a single stream. I have been pretty close to 375K/s on a number of ocassions if you take into account all the transfers in progress.

The bottle neck in these situations probably lies someplace outside of the Bell network.
 

Astroboy

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Originally posted by finary

I'm curious, you bell 3.0M DSL subscribers, do you USUALLY see close to 375K/s?

/f
i Upload at about 85K and dload at 360ish every time. I'm on bell 3meg service here in barrie
 

Hi i'm God

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Originally posted by finary
new subdivision = new lines

you could also have a central office close by
I dont even have a proper phone line. It's wrapped around my house and connected to my neibours somehow. So it's definitly a subpar line.
 
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JEMZ

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Originally posted by Hi i'm God
I dont even have a proper phone line. It's wrapped around my house and connected to my neibours somehow. So it's definitly a subpar line.
That's not necessarily true. Most homes in Ontario are equipped for at least 2 lines but in some older neighbourhoods you may only have one. Thus there is a lot of stringing of lines from 1 home to another as 1 home may want an extra line while another home is empty. This is still quite common practice and doesn't mean just because you are technically on your neighbour's 2nd line that that line is shit.

Oh yeah... no caps.
 

Subsonic Chronic

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Does that mean that Bell will fix the problem with stalling?

Every person I know who has Bell Sympatico experiences stalling on their internet connection. They'll be surfing fine, then every few minutes it will completely stop transfering for 10-15 seconds, and then start up again.
 
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