When we first moved in to Stonecutters Ridge, we (well, I) was excited about the idea that we’d be wired with Telstra’s Velocity network – a fibre optic connection that promised speeds of up to 100 MB/sec. Did it deliver?
In a nutshell, yes. Normal internet speeds on a day to day basis range anywhere from 92-97 MB/sec with a 5.5 MB/sec download speed – 5X faster than even the fastest ADSL2+ speeds that you’d find around Sydney. But when the rest of Australia goes to bed, and you’ve got the hardware to support it, I’ve been able to clock speeds higher than what Telstra advertises.
And this isn’t a fluke, as I’ve hit these speeds on a number of occasions – and not necessarily late in the evening, when all the ‘standard’ internet surfers have gone to bed for the night.
So, are we happy with our Telstra Velocity connection?
As far as speed goes – absolutely. But true to form for the behemoth of a company, their data plans aren’t on par with their competitors, and we have no other choice for an internet provider as Telstra owns the fibre lines that provides our quick connection. When companies like iiNet provide a Terabyte plan (1,000 GB) for similar prices to our 50GB plan, it makes me cringe. That said, unless I’m trying to stream internet radio or play online games, I rarely find myself hitting this 50GB limit. Still though, it’s an issue for me, on principle.