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Digital Region ISP Origin Broadband Launches up to 100Mbps Service

Friday, April 13th, 2012 (3:37 pm) - Score 1,243

Origin Broadband, a South Yorkshire (UK) focused ISP that makes use of the financially challenged and often controversial Digital Region (DR) network (here), has today officially announced the 1st May 2012 start of its new Origin Max package that claims to deliver internet download speeds of up to 100Mbps (Megabits per second).

Not unlike a similar announcement by another DR ISP (LittleBigOne) earlier this month (here), Origin’s new “ultrafast” service aims to take on BT in the local area by pushing the networks VDSL2 / FTTC style broadband technology to its current limits. By contrast the provider claims that existing DR customers already experience “network average download speeds” of 37Mbps (13Mbps uploads).

Origin Broadband Statement

Origin Broadband, the Digital Region Internet Service Provider, has recently undergone a complete review and restructure of its business to enhance their operations for 2012.

The Sheffield based ISP has also upgraded its entire infrastructure, to enable the team at Origin to focus on delivering to their customers more efficiently and faster than ever before.

Origin has marked these changes with the announcement that they are now offering an ultrafast broadband service, Origin Max. The service, launching in May 2012, will offer maximum speeds of between 60mb – 100mb.

The variable speed service will cost £55 to install and then £35 per month on an 18 month contract with “Totally Unlimited Downloads and Uploads“. But VDSL2 remains a distance dependant technology, specifically the copper line length between your local DR street cabinet and home, and their website thus includes an interesting table (here) of optimistic speed versus distance predictions.

Sadly most people have no easy way to measure such distances for themselves and many do not even know the location of their cabinet.

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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4 Responses
  1. adslmax says:

    So it hasn’t launched…

  2. SpencerUk says:

    If you can find out the DP number you are connected to and your circuit line length, you can figure out how far you are away from your cab..give or take 20m 🙂

    Some users on the http://drlforum.co.uk have been trialling the service from Origin for a while and they say its good. Ping issues over the DR network full stop at the moment however 🙁

  3. info guy says:

    just so you know this will only be using the 17a profile and vectoring won’t be used yet which is abit of a pity :/

  4. Deduction says:

    Obviously seeing as profile 30a would make it a 200Mb service. No service currently uses profiles 30a.

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