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Not getting full speed from FTTP

geekonthepc

Member
Hi,
Question for those who have FTTP.
Back in October I moved into a property that had FTTP available - the first property I've lived in to have this luxury. So I signed up to a 160/30 FTTP package with Structured Communications who had Openreach install the service around 2 weeks later.
The broadband has been stable enough but it annoys me that I don't get the full download speed for my line. If this was VDSL or G.Fast I'd put this down to line conditions but I thought FTTP was supposed to pretty much achieve the speed assigned to your line.
I speed test several times a week and tend to find I get around 140Mbps down and around 32Mbps up (so no complaints about the up!). My ping hovers around 15-19ms, which I also think is a tad high but acceptable.
Is this kind of difference between the package speed and actual download speed normal for FTTP, or should I reach out to my ISP and query this?
I've checked this speed from both gigabit wired and AC WiFi devices and get almost identical results.
Many thanks
Alex
 

Mark.J

Administrator
Staff member
ISPreview Team
FTTP takes the cable out of the equation as a bottleneck, although you still have to deal with issues of shared data capacity, network management and of course local network issues such as WiFi or congestion etc. (you don't say if this test was via WiFi).

On top of that it's worth considering that web-based speedtests tend to become increasingly inaccurate the faster your connection goes, although this is more of a problem around the Gigabit than 100-200Mbps range. At 140Mbps you are pretty close to BT's average advertised rate of 145Mbps, so that seems about right.
 

geekonthepc

Member
Ok thanks Mark, I won't worry too much. I realise I'm really making a fuss when most don't have anywhere near this fast, but I thought it was worth checking.
 

geekonthepc

Member
FTTP takes the cable out of the equation as a bottleneck, although you still have to deal with issues of shared data capacity, network management and of course local network issues such as WiFi or congestion etc.
On top of that it's worth considering that web-based speedtests tend to become increasingly inaccurate the faster your connection goes, although this is more of a problem around the Gigabit than 100-200Mbps range. At 140Mbps you are pretty close to BT's average advertised rate of 145Mbps, so that seems about right.
I've checked this speed from both gigabit wired and AC WiFi devices and get almost identical results.
 

Captain_Cretin

ULTIMATE Member
What router are you using; it might be a case of it just not having the ompf to process all the data at the maximum line speed.
Some also suffer from slowdowns that can temporarily be fixed by performing a hard reboot.
 
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