I never got past the "A pair of bulbous eyes stare at you" - I must have died there a hundred times over a two week period before I quit in anger.
32 posts • joined 5 Feb 2013
I don't think it's the exchanges, I think it's the last mile or indeed miles. I live in a 500 house village near Sheffield and Rotherham and if it wasn't for a privately run business-standard village-wide wifi service we'd still be on 1 Mbps because our nearest exchange is approx 4 miles away. (And of course people who aren't signing up for this company and it's rates are still stuck at 1 Mbps.)
I proposed to my girlfriend at the top of Ben Nevis 20/03/2015 (almost exactly a year ago) during the eclipse when it was EXACTLY 1000 days since I'd asked her out on a date whilst climbing the very same mountain.
The conditions were appalling; total whiteout, ground and sky totally white, visibility about 5 metres and there was no visible cairn as it was under a couple of metres of snow. No paths, no landmarks and no signs, all purely guided there by a handheld GPS with ordnance survey maps (now out of date I guess!)
Thanks to a lack of air, hypothermia and frostbite (not really) she said yes.
They are "overcomplicated" for a reason, some users need an "overcomplicated" set up.
A call centre might have calls routed to different teams of people with different skills, based on the time of day, the caller ID and the actual number dialled. The same system will be handling calls for the rest of the company - different departments, numbers, requirements, working hours, opening times, automated messages. Different handsets might have different features, such as conference calls, remote pickup or Forward in the Event of X, Y or Z. Call stats provide critical management information for some companies, call recording for another. There's no end to the flexibility required and therefore the system needs to be complex.
I live with my girlfriend and our three teenage kids in a village 4 miles from the centre of Sheffield towards Rotherham, and we get 1.4Mbps to share and have been told by BT they won't be doing FTTC because there are only 250 houses of the cabinet and not the required 500. It's disgraceful. 1.4Mbps is intolerable for a single person, try sharing it with teenagers. :(
When I got my MAC code from o2 the nice lady did explain that I wouldn't have to return the o2 router even though I would probably get an emailing saying that I should return it. Sky had confirmed they didn't want the old o2 routers.
A month later I did get an email asking for the router. I've ignored it.
Re: Rural is misleading
I feel for you - I live in a village with a population of 4,000, which has fibre-to-the-cabinet. I have fibre down my street (new built estate 14 years ago) yet it transpires that FTTC doesn't go to every cabinet, just the chosen few and my particular cabinet fails to meet the qualification, I quote "Our deployment is based on the commercial criteria for each cabinet and your cabinet 26 fails to meet the commercial criteria. This is because the cabinet is too small to provide a return on the investment based on the costs for the construction and on-going running costs of providing a new FTTC cabinet."
I just can't believe it, I'm in the middle of an estate of 77 homes.
It stinks and I'm stuck with a paltry 1Mb.
Grumble over, for a moment or two.