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change exchanges
« on: March 23, 2009, 09:06:48 AM »

Hi, not sure where this should fit exactly but here goes..............a friend is connected to a rural exchange but too far away to have anything but a poor dial up connection, there is however an exchange nearer to him which would make a broadband connection it ever possible to get a line routed to another exchange, or is he stuck with the one he is on........... other than paying for a brand new line installed? .........which is of course out of the question!

Does it have any relevance to the talk of getting everyone who wants it, at least a 2Mb connection some time in the future?


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Re: change exchanges
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2009, 09:11:32 AM »

The minimum connection speed is more likely to be attained by some sort of radio link.
My younger son has a T-mobile wireless broadband dongle and he usually gets around 7mbps download in his flat, admittedly not in a rural area though it is rurally named (Shepherds Bush)  :lol:


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Re: change exchanges
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2009, 09:39:15 AM »

BT won't connect your friend to a different exchange, and even having a new line installed wouldn't guarantee that. It depends on where the cables are.


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Re: change exchanges
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2009, 08:41:54 PM »

Hi Strayaway,

That problem has been overcome in a few areas by using a friendly pub or store close to an exchange and installing line-of-site wireless links probably nowadays using the newer 5 GHz frequencies.
It usually means mounting external antennas which could be a problem and the costs are likely to be from about 2500.00 upwards. To cover the costs extra complexity of shared point-to multi-point radio systems can be required which in turn could mean extra capacity and expense for bonded ADSL lines.
It would require attention occasionally including access to the base station so these solutions are not for the faint-hearted.

Similarly a few community based fibre solutions have been achieved but all these systems require a lot of dedication.

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