16th September 2008 9:10 AM
ADSL Max is a technology provides a downstream speed of up to 8 Mbps. At the same time, it provides an upstream speed of up to 832 Kbps (448 Kbps for home packages). This technology was rolled out to the majority of exchanges in April 2006.
Whereas with standard ADSL connections, where you usually sign up to a particular speed, eg 512k, 1Mb or 2Mb, ADSL Max will be a variable connection speed. This means that you sign up to an "up to 8 Mbps" service - and the length / quality of your phone line will determine how much speed you actually receive.
Not everyone will get 8 Mbps. Infact, BT Wholesale cap everyone at 7.15 Mbps to start with regardless of your distance from the exchange or ISP. If your house/premesis is quite a distance from the exchange, your line will connect at the maximum speed it can reliably achieve.
The further away you get, the lower the speed will be. This is just a factor of how ADSL works and not because the ISP is slow or capping your speeds.