Broadband upgrade gave me slower speeds

First published in News

A MAN who upgraded his broadband to get faster download speeds has been left with a faulty connection.

Malcolm Hawkins, of Bobbits Way, Wivenhoe, had BT Infinity installed on September 3 to get speed of 17 Mb/s and unlimited downloads.

But ten weeks and six engineer visits later Mr Hawkins, 55, had broadband speeds of no more than 10 Mb/s - and sometimes no internet at all.

A spokesman for BT said: “We have been in contact to discuss this issue with Mr Hawkins. We are sorry for the problems encountered and we are doing all we can to get his service working correctly as quickly as possible.”

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11:10am Thu 15 Nov 12

Cleggeron says...

And this is news because?
Wivenhoe gets slower broadband speeds after upgrade = news.
One customer has an issue that's neither life threatening or noteworthy=not news.
And this is news because? Wivenhoe gets slower broadband speeds after upgrade = news. One customer has an issue that's neither life threatening or noteworthy=not news. Cleggeron
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11:23am Thu 15 Nov 12

hughie-s says...

He can get 10 meg and that is LESS than he got before? That's four times what I get.
He can get 10 meg and that is LESS than he got before? That's four times what I get. hughie-s
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12:00pm Thu 15 Nov 12

TheCaptain says...

Not a bad speed
Not a bad speed TheCaptain
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12:43pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Smouldering Ewok says...

Total Trash!
Total Trash! Smouldering Ewok
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12:54pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Justice79 says...

No Malcolm Hawkins could have got speeds "up to" 17mb there is no guarantee at all that that would be the speed he would get.

I live "in the sticks" and I get 3.5mb - 4mb i can still surf,download, game online and watch on demand TV with no issues at all.

The quoted speed for Bobbits Way on the BT site is under 17mb anyway so no way the speed would be faster than they say they can provide.

Dear gazette reporters when someone comes to you with a "story" like this why not first ask yourselves "is this really news" and if the answer is no simply don't run it rather than your usual trick of posting it anyway but without any reporter name at the top. If it's so bad you don'rt want credit for it chances are we don't want to read it.
No Malcolm Hawkins could have got speeds "up to" 17mb there is no guarantee at all that that would be the speed he would get. I live "in the sticks" and I get 3.5mb - 4mb i can still surf,download, game online and watch on demand TV with no issues at all. The quoted speed for Bobbits Way on the BT site is under 17mb anyway so no way the speed would be faster than they say they can provide. Dear gazette reporters when someone comes to you with a "story" like this why not first ask yourselves "is this really news" and if the answer is no simply don't run it rather than your usual trick of posting it anyway but without any reporter name at the top. If it's so bad you don'rt want credit for it chances are we don't want to read it. Justice79
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6:26pm Thu 15 Nov 12

U's fan says...

We are with BT on their standard Broadband offering not Infinity and get 10-12 meg all the time in Central Colchester.
We are with BT on their standard Broadband offering not Infinity and get 10-12 meg all the time in Central Colchester. U's fan
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9:18pm Thu 15 Nov 12

ExPatMiddlesexer says...

I was offline for a couple of hours last week. Do you think I ought to report it to the paper? Good grief. What next? This isn't news, parts of Colchester not able to get Broadband because BT and the council can't agree on a suitable location for the connection box. Yes, that's news. One man in Wivenhoe who isn't getting the speeds he'd hoped for isn't.
I was offline for a couple of hours last week. Do you think I ought to report it to the paper? Good grief. What next? This isn't news, parts of Colchester not able to get Broadband because BT and the council can't agree on a suitable location for the connection box. Yes, that's news. One man in Wivenhoe who isn't getting the speeds he'd hoped for isn't. ExPatMiddlesexer
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8:09am Fri 16 Nov 12

Joker50 says...

That's nothing my neighbours car wouldn't start yesterday and he was late for work.
That's nothing my neighbours car wouldn't start yesterday and he was late for work. Joker50
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8:27am Fri 16 Nov 12

friday_woods says...

Joker50 wrote:
That's nothing my neighbours car wouldn't start yesterday and he was late for work.
Well my neighbour's cat went missing 2 days ago for 6 hours. He very nearly called the news desk as this sort of thing could get on the front page judging by this 'Broadband Exclusive'...
[quote][p][bold]Joker50[/bold] wrote: That's nothing my neighbours car wouldn't start yesterday and he was late for work.[/p][/quote]Well my neighbour's cat went missing 2 days ago for 6 hours. He very nearly called the news desk as this sort of thing could get on the front page judging by this 'Broadband Exclusive'... friday_woods
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12:01pm Fri 16 Nov 12

thecapedcrusader69 says...

He probably only wanted a faster speed to download ****....
He probably only wanted a faster speed to download ****.... thecapedcrusader69
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7:38pm Tue 20 Nov 12

jut1972 says...

I bought my missus some gear and she didnt look like the model in Ann Summers.

Oh and the Lynx effect isnt real either.
I bought my missus some gear and she didnt look like the model in Ann Summers. Oh and the Lynx effect isnt real either. jut1972
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