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Got Fibre 2 on the 16th and have exact the same issue. Around 5-6 pm the speeds drops to unacceptable levels from 65 MBit during the day.
Tech support is quite useless and said the following
"We have now checked everything we can with your set-up and we are confident the issue is in relation to the network traffic in your local network during peak times. Remedial work has now been planned to ensure the service impact you are experiencing is resolved as soon as possible."
So they definitely knew of this issue when they were selling the product. Will file a complain with Ofcom and leave asap to someone else. Just ridiculous!
I sent Tech 2 support my speed tests for the last 2 days. Proving the obvious that this is indeed a backhaul problem in their distribution network. A switch or router down the line which has become a serious bottleneck and is very agreesive with its traffic shaping. I will let you know what feedback I get back.
To to be nice, I am sending this update via hot spotting to my mobile phone for which Vodafone have given me and my daugthter an extra 50 GB each :-). However, my broadband is running at a painful 1.2 Mbps as we speak. So I don’t find customer service to be an issue, I just wish they solved this problem.
So finally the tech team got back to me and as I said, they admitted the problem is in the distribution network, their transit provider BT OpenReach. Vodafone can’t fix this, that is the rooter or switch limiting the bandwidth. They say they have identified the location off the fault and have asked BT OpenReach to deal with it. However, this will not happen until mid January. Not good really, paying 2 months for 1-2 Mbs and possibly another 2 months including Christmas! I think it’s time to look for the one alternative provider in my area that has recently deployed its own network! No third party transit provider. Virgin!
Mine is exactly the same!
I've been with them for 2 years and had too cancel it today because it is no use to anyone as it is!
The didn't seem bothered either.
Promised 55mbps but only getting 17mpbs
Need to leave and go bback to BT never had a problem, if someone can help please
Nothing has been done and I want to cancel because you guys are delivering a terrible service but you think because sync speed is fine there is nothing wrong. You got pulled up by Ofcom regarding you misleading advertisement on this guaranteed speed stuff and have had to change it as of March 2019. You guys have left me in a position where I feel no other option but to pay a 160£ cancellation fee based on the fact you are providing a throttled internet service. Absolutely disgusting how you treat customers..
What ADR scheme are you signed up with please as my complaint to VF has fallen on deaf ears
If you're dissatisfied with your broadband service and customer service, it's worth noting that Vodafone is signed up to the compulsory Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) scheme, who will step in and resolve issues.
2. If it's been eight weeks since your original complaint and nothing is resolved, contact the Ombudsman Services for communications (ombudsman-services.org/sectors/communications).
This usually resolves the majority of issues, but if you're still not satisfied with the outcome, you can seek legal advice from the Citizens Advice Bureau, Which?, or Consumer Direct.
3. Which? also offer a complaint tool: https://www.which.co.uk/tools/broadband-complaint-tool/
I've done some testing with a few speed test providers, different times of day etc. and I've noticed that if I manually select a server geographically close to my location I'm getting max line speed (the sync speed of VDSL pretty much), but even by selecting a server 100 miles away, my download speed drops significantly, to around 30% max. This tells me that whatever backbone Vodafone have in the UK has a bottleneck somewhere. This seems to get even worse if you select a server outside of the UK - in this case I don't even get 10% of the download speed I should - I'm back to slow speeds compared to ADSL!!!
VF only accept speedtests against a server located on Janet (BT Lancashire Services) , apparently they say the rest of the internet is too variable, and that even their own speedtest servers offer up "incorrect" results.
Reading between the lines they are admitting their own network is running hot, akin to Virgin Media, but at least VM accept that, VF just tell you lies.
@Joe - thanks for the offer but I don't have time to be running lots of tests etc., I'm out of contract so am already in the process of moving to another provider. I've been with VF on Fibre for about 2 years and it's been fine until about 2 months ago, since then I can't even stream a 300mb video without it buffering! This type of bad performance should be picked up by network monitoring tools and sorted by now, so I'm afraid I'm voting with my feet!
How I improved my speeds was to use the Vodafone broadband app and make sure I split 2.4ghz and 5ghz. I connected to the 5ghz and tried a few different channels I’m not getting a lot higher speeds as 5ghz is designed for shorter distance but much better speeds. I’m getting average of 55mbs but when they were merged I was getting 17mbs
Once again, my speeds are dropping dramatically during the evening due to throttling, which makes streaming unwatchable.
I complained in January about this issue which vodafone tried to fob me off with as wifi issues but once I informed them my devices are hardwired they admitted it was a fault and my speed magically increased back to what it should be, but ever since then the speeds have slowly been dropping each month.
So I’m back to the situation where I’m paying for a product that I cannot use.
So Vodafone are you going to stop throttling my internet at peak times.
Speed test taken 10mins ago.
Download Mbps – 24.56
Upload Mbps – 16.29
If you get faster speeds not in the evening, then it is most likely local congestion and will be affecting all vf customers either on your exchange or cabinet.
report it and keep reporting it. Cable links can be upgraded, but only when they become heavily congested.... so it will most likely get worse before it gets better.