I am living in a (kind of) new suburb around Henderson for almost three years now. Bad news is that my house is quite far away from the exchange, judging by the attenuation I got with my downstream line (55.5 db). Even I am on the full speed download plan with a 15GB cap, I can only get a line speed (the speed I got between my house and the exchange) of 2000kbps.
Well, it is not high, but not too bad either.
However, a few weeks ago, I noticed that I have been moved from the ATM circuit to a "Gigabit Ethernet" circuit. I did a speedtest via speedtest.net at that of time and I got 2000kbps/sec. Not bad, I think.
But, a couple of weeks ago, I noticed my line speed dropped (actually halved) to around 1000kbps for no reason. I checked my router and all the stats link SNR margin, attenuation are the same, but my line speed is now halved.
I called Orcon and they get back to me saying that Telecom installed ADSL2+ in the exchange (good news for those folks live around it), hence me being switched to the Gigabit Ethernet circuit. Orcon say the speed reduction I am experiencing is due to
a) more people in my exchange area signed up for broadband and since I am "at the very end of the line" so my speed is halved
b) ADSL2+ works even worse compare with ADSL1 when attenuation is high (like my case), so when they put ADSL2+ equipment in, I got a problem!
Can anyone tell me is this true?
Assume that if this is true, what if I switch to ADSL2+ when it is available? Will my line speed go up, or go even lower (given the attenuation I got).
Another question is, for people like me whom live far away from the exchange, does it mean that we will be ignored even if new broadband technology rolls in (e.g. VDSL, ADSL2+, etc). Does it mean I will get 1Mbps max for the future?
It will be good if Telstra is around and lay some cables in my area.
Note: I am not working for Telstra.
Please... help... what should I do?