We have just heard that BT managed to connect the first Ewhurst FTTC VDSL service yesterday, just meeting the unofficial October target. The house in Cranleigh Road is close to cabinet 19, so is expected to achieve the top speeds available on the service selected; that is 38 Mbps download and 9.5 Mbps upload. We have not yet confirmed which ISP was chosen, and this would not affect the “headline” speeds, but the choice of ISP will make a difference to “contention” at busy periods, to costs, and to support call handling. If, for example, this resident chose the low cost Plusnet standard “fibre” service then they will be paying £16.49 per month plus line rental. Plusnet “extra fibre” will offer a maximum of 76 Mbps download and 19 Mbps upload on short lines, with a much higher usage allowance, costing £19.99 per month plus line rental. Plusnet normally charge up to £50 for installation, but deals are currently available, on 18 month contract. Please read updated information on upgrading to FTTC and choosing an ISP here. Read Walter’s report here. The connection speed may vary over the first 10 days and should settle after that. Walter plans to monitor this connection and publish the results here, so please track the comments to follow the story.