(This is for a Fibre to the Premise installation in Geraldton Western Australia -- 440 km north of Perth)
After a couple of early logistical stumbles the ultimate result has been generally excellent--for Australian-hosted content.
Initially placed the order while we were in the settlement process on the house. Agreed and booked a date that was meant to be two days after settlement. Meantime, NBN sent a subcontractor crew to the house a week early to do the installation, while the current owners were still in the house. They weren't expecting anyone to turn up so of course that crew was cancelled.
On the day of the agreed install, one guy (subcontractor) turns up 30 minutes before the end of the agreed 4-hour time block, scratches his head and within one minute says "civil works required--I don't have the tools to do this installation".
You'd have thought that the first folks who came a week earlier would have at least written up a report to provide a head's up to the project schedulers who were going to assign the job the the following week to the next contractor (Different company) .
As a result, two days of contractor time wasted and a half-day off work (unpaid) for me wasted -- all because someone didn't write up a 2-minute report on the database after the first visit.
10 days or so later the proper crew arrived on a Friday and got stuck into it.
After a lot of hard work, the result was excellent.
The project required tracing an old piece of clogged-up 1980s conduit between the pit and the house; removing about 1T of rocks to get access to the area to trench under a stone wall, trenching across the yard to the house, attaching the external fibre termination box to a rock wall, transiting the cable through the external wall to install the NTD and power supply in my office etc.
I came home from work on Friday afternoon to find the job done and the green light lit on the NTD, plugged my existing router into the NTD and Voila!, it all worked perfectly without ANY router re-configuring or otherwise. (Same ISP as previously -- Node1 Internet)
It's been in for two weeks now and honestly I've been so busy with unpacking that I've not had a chance to put it through the paces properly yet but up-time, as far as i can tell has been 100% and speeds are consistently around 90% of maximum download speeds on the plan I'm on. (100/40) when testing with West Coast servers.
When I choose local (Geraldton or Perth) or interstate servers for speed test servers I'm getting good results. (somewhat slower to Sydney)
I suppose the most interesting outcome is that once you leave Australia, virtually none of the registered/tested download speeds to international servers are any better than ADSL speeds. (Congestion on submarine cables, I've been advised.)
Surprising, because only a few years back there was a load of excess capacity, but perhaps that's now being used before new capacity can be provided in the form of more undersea fibre?
So, the bottom line is:
Great performance when you're accessing AU-hosted content, but:
When you're needing access to content that originates overseas, unless there is mirrored content in AU data centres, even though the NBN FttP provides fast national speeds, access to content from overseas is still relatively slow, compared to the capacity of the home FttP to deliver from AU servers.
Renai, it would be interesting to chase this down the rabbit hole a bit further to determine where the bottlenecks are -- is it unavailability of additional intercontinental capacity or is it simply a failure of carriers to purchase sufficient capacity off the submarine networks to keep up with the ability of the NBN FttP?
I'll post those speed test later.