Back online

After having a massive whinge last week I had a text from Internode this morning to let me know I’m online. They’ve been nothing short of amazing, and I can’t recommend them enough.

From my experience so far, it looks like South Brisbane fibre is garbage. I was hoping it was just my previous apartment complex suffering from congestion, but it looks like it’s the entire postcode.

I’m on a 30 mbit tier and I’ve been getting between 8 and 20 mbit actual through the course of the night. Interestingly my actual upload speed appears to be greater than the 1 mbit advertised, hovering consistently around the 1.5 mark. It remains to be seen whether the (almost) daily reconnects and random periods of no data persist in the new place.

If this is anything to go by, probably, but I remain hopeful.

Speed tests

Now to the fun, non-scientific part of the evening, speed tests!

These were performed with various devices in various configurations so they’re not super representative, but they paint a fair enough picture of the state of things.

Telstra Velocity (via Internode)

Telstra fibre (allegedly heavily congested) gets between 8 and 20 mbit throughput, and a surprising almost 1.5 mbit upload.

This is reasonable enough for Australian standards. Contrast it with the entry level NBN fibre plans of 25/5 mbit and it’s not looking great though, especially considering the Telstra fibre is coming in at around $50 more.

Telstra 4G (LTE)

Telstra 4G vastly outperforms it’s wired counterpart. This is paradoxical from a technology standpoint, but illustrates that Telstra has chosen to invest in the vastly more profitable tech.

The LTE connection gets almost 30 mbit down and 23 mbit up, though the ping is significantly higher than the wired connection. It also costs $200 for 12 gigabytes (prepaid) so it’s unsustainable for anything but the lightest usage.

Vodafone 4G (LTE)

Vodafone got copped a lot of flak for their shaky network a few years back, but whatever they’ve done since then has definitely fixed things. It’s consistently the fastest, most pleasurable network to use in my experience, and trounces Telstra on download speeds.

Vodafone’s download averaged almost 36 mbit, with an upload of 22, slightly less than Telstra’s LTE. Considering you can get 50 gb for $140, this is the way more attractive deal for anyone who lives and works in the city, and if you squint this starts to look like a reasonable alternative to a landline connection.

Conclusion

Overall, I’ve really been enjoying using Vodafone and I’m going to miss them a little bit when I cancel my month-to-month plan at the end of my billing cycle.

Telstra fibre is amazingly underperforming and while it’s still cheaper per gigabyte, it’s not an especially attractive offer when you consider how much less you could pay (including contracts, setup fees et al) going wireless if you don’t need the data:

ProviderTechPrice per monthPrice per gbThroughput
Internode (via Telstra)FTTP$150$0.758-20 mbit
TelstraLTE+/- $200$16.67~30 mbit
Vodafone LTELTE$140$2.80~35 mbit

Ultimately, this is all just part of living on the South Brisbane exchange. I’m connected now, and that’s the main thing.