It fluctuates so much everyday ..tried this morning..was fine ..then it all goes to pot! I dont know whether its down to having too many lines, the traffic, or that is just shockingly bad, it happened on my old router aswell thinking about it .
The BQM shows a typical over-utilisation pattern, meaning more traffic than VM's local network can handle. You can choose to believe whether this is Covid related, or whether VM simply sell contracts until (and indeed after) the local network is at capacity, but the outcome is the same for now.
Nothing you can do to improve matters. In some areas VM do indeed undertake work to rejig the local networks to balance loads and eliminate over-utilisation. But sometimes/often that's either not possible, or judged uneconomic if there's a need to spend money on more equipment. There may well be a fault reference and a "fix date", but there's no way of knowing if that fix date is actually backed by a real plan of action and programme of works. Quite often it seem not, and as the fix date approaches it is simply moved a month or two ahead. Your options:
1) Sit it out, and hope that either VM do carry out improvement works, or that Covid is the cause, and the problem "solves itself" sometime in the next few months. There's little or nothing you can do to force VM to upgrade the network, nor to be open about the outlook.
2) Get yourself a new ISP. If you're in a fixed term contract you'll probably have to use the VM complaints process (and almost certainly escalate for arbitration at CISAS ) to be released from contract without penalty. If you need to do this, the grounds of your complaint is the poor performance, and your request fro release from contract without penalty is twofold: First the Consumer Rights Act 2015 that requires any consumer service to be provided with "reasonable skill and care", and second, the Ofcom Fairness Commitments, that states "Customers’ services work as promised, reliably over time. If things go wrong providers give a prompt response to fix problems and take appropriate action to help their customers, which may include providing compensation where relevant. If providers can’t fix problems with core services they have promised to deliver within a reasonable period, customers can walk away from their contract with no penalty."
But if planning to leave, make sure that you are confident about the performance of any Openreach connection.
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