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lmartin

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Comms Team

« on: March 05, 2007, 11:46:35 am »

Morning all,

Just a quick heads up that the following will shortly be going out to all PlusNet Broadband Pay As You Go customers.

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Your username: {username}

Dear {firstname} {surname},

This email invites you to trial a new version of our broadband network.

In our "Plans for 2007" (see link below) we talked about how we intend to provide our broadband services in the future. This trial is the first step towards implementing our next-generation broadband platform.

We are working closely with our new BT colleagues to develop this next-generation broadband platform. This new platform will enable us to offer you a range of enhanced services and ultimately an even better broadband experience in the future.

Trial our alternative network!
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In the next few weeks we'll be enabling access for you to try out the current implementation of our next-generation network. A simple change to your connection settings will be all you need to do.

We’re nearing the final stages of our internal trials and we’ll email you again with instructions when the trial is available to you.

During the trial you will be able to connect as normal; your password will remain the same and your account details and billing will not be affected. You'll even be able to switch back at any time by simply reversing the change. There are no extra charges, and we are confident that the trial network will provide for an excellent broadband experience.

What are the benefits of taking part?
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In the future our next-generation network will enable us to provide enhanced services to customers. By taking part you will be helping us to further develop the network and prepare for upgrades across our entire platform. We are confident that you will enjoy your experience on the trial and your feedback will be valuable to us. We will send you a voluntary survey during the trial.

What are the limitations?
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The trial may not be suitable for advanced users who rely on the use of a Static IP address, as you will be assigned a dynamic IP when accessing the new network. If you don't rely on a static IP, or don't know what this it is unlikely you will be impacted.

In addition, our new Broadband Firewall service is not yet enabled on this alternative network. It is always good practice to be equipped with Firewall and Antivirus software on your PCs at home, however, if this feature is important to you – don’t make the switch.

Want to know more?
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Hold tight! We'll email you again in the next couple of weeks to let you know when we're ready for you to access the new network. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please visit our Discussion Forums at http://forums.plus.net

Our "Plans for 2007" are available to read via our website at : http://www.plus.net/features/news/plans2007.shtml

Kind regards,

Phil Webb
Director of Network Services
PlusNet

http://portal.plus.net

Liam Martin
PlusNet Comms Team
jelv1

Posts: 2130

« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2007, 03:02:03 pm »

Moving PAYG users over to RIN will free capacity on the existing pipes - any rough figures on how much this may account for? Any plans to shut down segments as a consequence?

As we've seen from the tracert's posted in these forums, if anyone gets slowdowns on this it has 100% got to be BT's fault as it won't go anywhere near the Plusnet network (and particularly the gateways and Ellacoyas) - that should help reveal the truth regarding exchange contention! It will be interesting to see what happens.

jelv
lmartin

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Comms Team

« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2007, 03:22:37 pm »

Moving PAYG users over to RIN will free capacity on the existing pipes - any rough figures on how much this may account for? Any plans to shut down segments as a consequence?

Nope... and no plans.  We're not moving PAYG users over to RIN, we're giving them the option to try it out.  If you do nothing - your connection will stay on our network.

As we've seen from the tracert's posted in these forums, if anyone gets slowdowns on this it has 100% got to be BT's fault as it won't go anywhere near the Plusnet network (and particularly the gateways and Ellacoyas) - that should help reveal the truth regarding exchange contention! It will be interesting to see what happens.

Yes - quite!

Liam Martin
PlusNet Comms Team
jelv1

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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2007, 03:28:40 pm »

Moving PAYG users over to RIN will free capacity on the existing pipes - any rough figures on how much this may account for? Any plans to shut down segments as a consequence?

Nope... and no plans.  We're not moving PAYG users over to RIN, we're giving them the option to try it out.  If you do nothing - your connection will stay on our network.


So if PAYG users start using the new system in significant numbers there could be a not insignificant spin-off for BB+ and Premier users in terms of more available capacity. smiley

jelv
jelv1

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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2007, 03:29:34 pm »

Will this be all PAYG or just residential PAYG?

jelv
lmartin

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Comms Team

« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2007, 03:36:42 pm »

Just Residential PAYG.

Liam Martin
PlusNet Comms Team
Oldjim

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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2007, 04:48:30 pm »

For those changing over will the free period remain or is this part of the tradeoff
lmartin

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Comms Team

« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2007, 04:50:16 pm »

Like the E-Mail says.  Nothing will change with regards to billing.  And yes, the free period will remain.

Liam Martin
PlusNet Comms Team
Assos

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Mad Student Barperson!!

« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2007, 05:00:25 pm »

Is this for all PAYG customers or only those provided on BT Wholesale?

Daniel McGiff

"We believe that if we provide a quality service, customers will stay with us – we don't need a long contractual obligation." PlusNet (September 2006)
Chemical Brother

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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2007, 05:03:57 pm »

Daniel,

I think James just posted the answer to that in the PN forum..


Quote from: james bailey
<snipped> this trial isn't initially open to LLU customers.
lmartin

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Comms Team

« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2007, 05:22:04 pm »

Yep.  Only BT Wholesale lines.

Liam Martin
PlusNet Comms Team
Oldjim

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« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2007, 05:43:10 pm »

As we've seen from the tracert's posted in these forums, if anyone gets slowdowns on this it has 100% got to be BT's fault as it won't go anywhere near the Plusnet network (and particularly the gateways and Ellacoyas) - that should help reveal the truth regarding exchange contention! It will be interesting to see what happens.
Only if you are quick
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It doesn't currently pass through the Ellacoya, although there will be future developments regarding this.

Fusion and Vision won't be dependant on the Retail Internet Network. However, I will double check this.
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Kind regards,
James Bailey
Assos

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Mad Student Barperson!!

« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2007, 06:50:47 pm »

Yep.  Only BT Wholesale lines.

I thought as much Smiley

Daniel McGiff

"We believe that if we provide a quality service, customers will stay with us – we don't need a long contractual obligation." PlusNet (September 2006)
Laser

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« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2007, 08:07:12 pm »

OK, so I've got the email.

What are the actual pros and cons supposed to be of this new system? I mean, obviously it may appear fast on a trial basis because of low numbers of users, but that can't be the "point".

The only discussion in the Plans For 2007 link I can see relates to BT Fusion (mobile phone auto-roam) and BT Vision (TV on demand). Neither service is currently available (or of interest to me personally if I'm honest), so what is it I'm being asked to trial?  huh
Oldjim

Posts: 1014

« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2007, 08:14:07 pm »

Subject to be corrected - fairly rapidly - the P2P speeds during the overnight free period could be very interesting
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