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UK's First 50Mbit Broadband Service Launched

Gordon Kelly


UK's First 50Mbit Broadband Service Launched

Virgin has dillied and dallied so long over its 50Mbit broadband offering that it has been beaten to the punch...

Student and residential broadband provider ask4 has jumped ahead of Richard Branson's monolithic Virgin Media to announce that this month it will offer the first commercially available 50Mbit broadband service in the UK.

As you might expect for a smaller company the launch area isn't large, in fact it's tiny coming initially only to students living in The Pinnacles in Sheffield (did I just hear a single "Yay!" from one of you out there?). Naturally once the students have been experimented on (isn't that always the way?) it will hit the larger Sheffield and Leeds areas where ask4 already offers a 25Mbit product.

Perhaps as interesting as the raw download speeds however is the nature of Ask4 services in general as they are symmetric in nature meaning upload speeds can be an almost near match. Couple that with a dedicated home Ethernet connection (no phone lines required here) and no download caps or usage charges and we're dealing with a model that will make other areas of the country cry with envy.

Take notes rival ISPs, take notes.


ask4 50Mbit Announcement


September 8, 2008, 6:45 pm

*drools* at symmetric speeds. maybe i will put more effort into my move to sheffield now lol


September 8, 2008, 10:11 pm

At last, the beginning of the end of BT's foot in our door.


September 9, 2008, 12:13 am

Muahhahah - cant wait for this - got 20 mbit with virgin media atm but 50mbit!!!! woah! i cant wait - wish i lived in sheffield!!!!!! Whats that like a download speed of 6.25 mebabytes per second!!!!

i currently can only upload at 100 k/bs


September 9, 2008, 3:59 am

Looking on the website it's a lot less exciting then it first appears.

It appears to be essentially housing estates with built in ethernet broadband with 50:1 contention ratio. And you're paying &#16350 a month for a 25Mbit/s service so who knows what the 50MB/s will cost.

While it's a nice option for people living there, this sort of thing is not going to replace the phone network, unless you want to comtemplate only having a single broadband provider to choose from.


September 9, 2008, 4:38 am

All but a dream out here in Scotland.

But what a dream. Someday...


September 9, 2008, 11:11 am

Thank god for Sweden ;)

I'm paying 25&#163 for 100/10 mbit fibre

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