Is broadband performance on the rise?

Uptime and performance are always key issues with broadband services, but the good news is that Australia's broadband performance is on the rise. This story on ARN has all the nitty gritty details. It shows that performance improved in the fourth quarter of 2008, over the third quarter. The report, conducted by a global broadband benchmarking firm called Epitiro, measured such things as ping time, DNS response and email delivery.

Personally speaking, I experienced only minor issues throughout 2008, all them relating to unexpected outages, which didn't last long at all. In fact, since I moved to a broadband connection in 2003 with iiNet, I have had little to complain about. The service has been pretty much available any time I want to use it and the speed has been swift. It's even swifter now I am getting over 16Mbps on my ADSL2+ account!

But mine might be a rare story of happiness with my ISP. E-mail in and let me know if you've experienced any horror stories with your ISP. Any excessive downtime problems? Poor speeds during peak times? If you have a gripe, bring it on. I'm willing to bet that those of you who use ISPs such as iiNet, Internode or Exetel will have nothing bad to say about your broadband experiences, but those of you with Dodo or TPG might be singing a different tune.

I've experienced some horror speeds on TPG accounts and the worrying thing is that the owners of those accounts are so used to the slow speeds during peak hours that they don't really care. In fact, they are happy that their connection works at all. It's funny that TPG ranked above iiNet in the Epitirio measurement, considering my vastly different experiences with both ISPs. Of course, a better barometer would be to visit Whirlpool and sift through the vast amount of posts for each ISP to determine which one seems to be most reliable.

Once thing's for certain though, a report like this is encouraging. We all want more reliable and faster Internet access. The next step is for a report on data quotas and the raw deal we're getting compared to other countries. Of course, the better reliability of our ISPs probably stems from the fact that our pipes aren't clogged with data as everyone is shaped to a speed too slow to effectively use them!

Drop me a line at elias_plastiras at idg.com.au or leave a comment below.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Elias Plastiras
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?