Next Generation Access – NGA

A little while ago I did a blog on connectivity comparing my Virgin Media and the BT Openreach FTTC (Fibre to the cabinet) connection. The Openreach FTTC network really has proven to be an excellent choice.

Since then I have been patiently waiting for it to become available at our office. It has been little under a year now and finally the time has come, we now have FTTC in our cabinet where our office is connected! This is a total game changer for us, before now we were 3km from the Exchange, now we are only 300m from our cabinet and our speeds have dramatically improved. Our ZEN connection is a great example – with ADSL we were getting about 4mb down and 1mb up, now that we have upgraded to FTTC, we are getting about 70 down and 17 up, which is incredible!

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Super Fast Home Broadband Comparison

Being the night owl that I am, I often find myself working late into the night. A few nights back I was working late applying fixes to a customer’s network using telnet/ssh amongst other tools, which are incredibly sensitive to packet loss and jitter. For those not familiar with the terms, packet loss is when you send pings and not all of them reply and jitter is the deviation from average time the pings take to reply. Now the last thing you need when you are applying fixes to a customer’s network in the middle of the night is to be logged off the connection every few minutes due to packet loss!
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