After being an extremely happy customer of TPG on the TPG Unlimited ADSL2 service for about 2 years, I noticed Optus was doing what looked like a cracker deal (I was wrong). Optus were going to provide:
- Unlimited Cable Internet
- Unlimited Phones Calls
- Fetch TV box with a 1TB PVR
- and with a bit sweet talking an upgrade to the premium speed pack (100 Mbps)
All for $90 per month. This deal was actually $30 more than what I was paying TPG as I didn’t really care about phone calls or a Fetch TV box, but the appeal of 100 Mbps made me take the plunge and cancel the TPG service in favor of Optus.
For first two months everything was sweet, consistently getting over 80 Mbps and even managing around 60 Mbps in the evenings. Web pages were lighting fast, no issues downloading files whilst being connect to a remote desktop at work and streaming video was never an issue with multiple YouTube 1080p streams never taxing the connection.
But lately (since the beginning of April 2015) the speeds have become unbearable to point where I’m wondering why I didn’t just stick with TPG. At least with TPG I was consistently getting 15-20 ms pings and 15-17 Mbps download speeds day and night!
With Optus right now speeds are low as 2Mbps in the evenings with the only respite coming after 11pm.
I created and Excel Spreadsheet that takes the Optus Speed Test results, parses them and copies the raw data into a table.
This table is then turned into a chart that displays Download, Upload and Latency over time.
Figure: Optus Download Speed slows down dramatically from 4:00pm in the afternoon to about 11:00 pm at night.
Hopefully Optus resolves this issue soon I’m including the my spreadsheet here for anyone else that interested in keeping a log of their Optus Speed Test results.
Update: I didn’t include the macro enabled spreadsheet, correct one is now linked.