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I sometimes think we Aussies have turned into a nation of whingers, a description we used to give to the Brits who immigrated here, whom we called "whingeing poms".
There have certainly been delays and cost overruns in rolling out the NBN, and there have been individuals who have horror stories to tell about poor service. However, isn't it about time for some "good news" stories?
These may be dull and uninteresting, compared with tales of woe, but are worth sharing, I feel; if only to help to avoid an impression that the NBN is simply "bad".
My good news NBN story!
At our Brisbane inner northside address we'd been using Optus HFC broadband for many years. This delivered a download speed of up to 31Mbps, typically mid 20s, and occasionally dipping down to the low 20s. The upload speed was very limited, only a little over 1Mbps. This made working from home awkward as file uploads of large text files or spreadsheets took a long time to complete.
For a bit over a month now we've been connected to NBN HFC broadband (with Optus as the ISP). This is delivering a download speed of up to the high 40s occasionally dipping down to the mid 20s but usually staying above 30Mbps. The real change has been in the upload speed which is now a minimum of 15Mbps. This makes sending emails with photos, videos, or large documents much easier than before.
What about the cost? We were on an Optus bundle of basic landline plus unlimited broadband for $60 per month and have recontracted at exactly the same price of $60 per month, getting the enhanced broadband speeds (NBN50) and continuing with a basic landline service.
Below are some figures for the broadband speeds as reported by the Ookla speed test. (The test date times have been rounded.)
IP_ADDRESS TEST_DATE DOWNLOAD_MEGABITS UPLOAD_MEGABITS LATENCY_MS OLD Thurs mid-afternoon 30.19 1.3 10 NEW Fri early afternoon 31.59 15.05 15 NEW Fri late afternoon 47.16 15.72 15 NEW Tues mid-afternoon 47.74 18.24 13 NEW Wed 8am 46.73 18.26 12 NEW Wed 8.30am 46.76 17.89 12 NEW Wed 11am 43.96 17.96 13 NEW Wed 11.20am 47 16.31 12 NEW Wed 11.40am 46.88 18.42 12 NEW Thurs 8:30am 47.22 18.23 13 NEW Sun 12:30am 25.95 17.86 12 NEW Sun 2:15pm 43.41 18.28 7 NEW Mon 12noon 27.75 18.36 11 NEW Thurs 3.15pm 35.26 18.15 11 NEW Mon 12noon 40.14 16.59 11 NEW Mon 1:30pm 46.22 18.78 11 NEW Mon 11pm 41.99 18.63 11
The big change is in the upload speed which was has gone from a figure below 2Mbps to a figure above 15Mbps.
Item: LG UP970 4K HDR Blu-ray player
Location: Aberfoyle Park, SA
Price: ~ $200 O.N.O.
Item Condition: Very Good, not used often
Reason for selling: got a new tv and am upgrading to get the features i require
Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only
Extra Info: supports Dolby Vision and hdr, has Youtube and Netflix apps.
would have to check if i have original box but i have everything that came with it.
Have just recieved notification that FTTC will be running down our street and should be done by the end of the year.
Currently we have Optus Cable via an overhead line, connected to our own pole in the front yard then it goes underground and comes up under the house, which has been great.
The house was reno'd back in late 2011 and I'm pretty sure the old Telstra cable that ran to the pit, that sits in between my drive and the neighbours, was destroyed/broken when a new drive went in with the reno. That cable was never replaced.
Who at NBN Co would I need to contact to find out what the plan is to get cable from said pit to under the house? Or are there other options?
Item: Seiki SE39UY04 4k UHD 39" TV/Monitor
Location: Balwyn, Vic
Item Condition: Good
Reason for selling: NLR
Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal,
This tv/monitor is an early iteration of 4k (no HDR). It supports 4k at 30hz only.
It also does 124hz at 1080p so great as a large gaming monitor with low input latency.
It's an 'in between' size so if you've got a medium room it will likely work well for you.
Local Pickup only.