blog You might recall that earlier this week much of the internet exploded with jealousy after PCRange chief executive Raaj Menon revealed he had actually moved suburbs in Adelaide to get the National Broadband Network fibre earlier. Well, today Menon has posted a bit of a reality check for those who expect that all sites and internet access will be incredibly faster under the NBN. He writes:
“Some words of advice for newcomers to fibre. Don’t expect every site to appear instantly. It just isnt going to happen. Reason being there are many sites that load up very slow because they have big databases esp things like WordPress where some sites load up a bunch of plugins and it slows their site down heavily.
There are also several other factors like network congestion (this will be one of the big issues for a number of people), your ISP’s international connectivity and how that traffic is routed etc. Even if you have a 1Gb connection these sites arent going to load any faster than an ADSL connection and this has happened to me as well. Sites that load fast generally on an ADSL connection are even quicker with this Fibre connection however.”
Menon’s point is a good one — Australia’s international internet links still aren’t the greatest, and much will depend on the quality of your ISP’s links, as well as the general load of internet traffic on the day to particular sites, their database configuration, how many network hops there are between your PC and their server, and so on. In other words, the NBN fibre won’t be a perfect nirvana, simply due to the nature of the internet, in that it’s dependent on its weakest link. However, as Menon notes, he’s still more than happy with his new fibre connection ;) Especially when connecting to sites in Australia.