Plusnet have joined Entanet in disclosing the IP Profile distribution of their customers. The IP profile or BRAS Profile in BT's MaxDSL system is the IP traffic rate appropriate to the modem line speed, so a full speed 8128 kbits/s line has an IP profile of 7150, a 2272 kbits/s has a 2000 profile, and so on.
Entanet's data includes their fixed speed 512k, 1M and 2M customers which distorts things a little however 20% of their customers have the full 7150 profile, ie the full 8M service, and 43.3% have a profile of 6000 or higher.
Plusnet separate out their fixed speed customers (15% of total) and the most common profile of the MaxDSL "up to 8M" customers is 6500 with just under 40,000 customers, the full speed 7150 profile is not far behind with 33,000 customers. From the Plusnet graphs I estimate they have the same number of customers with 6000 or higher profiles as they have with 3000 and below. Last year they published similar data showing 36.5% of customers at 6M or above and 28% at 3M or below.
Plusnet has also analysed the speeds by region and by OFCOM market type - the competitive Market 3 exchanges tend to be in larger towns and cities. In both cases there isn't a large distinction in the speed distribution across either the region or the market types, about 40% of customers with a given line speed are in Market 1 (mainly rural) and a similar amount in Market 3. We often hear how Wales is disadvantaged yet they appear to have a similar percentage of the slow and the fast lines right across the board.
From this useful information it is clear to see the fallacy in the views being put forward in the media that you don't get full line speed even if you live in the telephone exchange.
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