Orange has announced that it will be upping the download speed of 300 of its customers to up to 20Mbps as it start its ADSL2+ service before launching it nationwide.
The France-Telecom owned internet service provider currently offers up to 8Mbps speeds although you would be lucky to achieve even half that speed.
Back in August 2008, reports emerged that one in every 40 Orange broadband customers left the company. The ISP's current subscribers level is currently standing at around 1 million.
The upgrade will be a welcomed one for the ISP's customers who have often complained about the poor speed and Quality of Service they received.
The director of broadband and home at Orange UK, Asif Aziz, commented on the launch saying that "This trial is an important step in enabling us to offer up to 20Mb home broadband to consumers across out network. It is also testament to our ongoing commitment to evolve our fixed broadband service and ensure we offer customers a truly reliable user experience."
Roughly 45 percent of Orange's broadband subscribers are on its unbundled network which means that they should in theory get better connectivity by not relying on BT's network.
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All is not bad at Orange Broadband. The company has some great deals, especially if you are a customer on a monthly contract. But for now, until Orange actually releases its 20Mbps broadband service, we will be slightly sceptical about speed claims. As it stands, broadband is catching up with the competition. Major ISPs like O2 (and Be), Sky and Virgin have already implemented ADSL2+ speeds.