This is a bit of a first world problem, but are there any reasons a DSLAM wouldn't use a 9dB SNR ? Recently noticed that I've consistently got a 12dB connection from a Vigor 130 over the last year, and now the same from a Fritzbox 7490 (set to max performance). Are either of devices known for mis-reporting the SNR ? Do some DSLAMs or ports still use 12dB ?
The history of this connection is 41/10Mbps @ 12dB on 997, improving to 65/11Mbps @ 9dB when 998 started in Oct 2015, but dropped to 60/9.5Mbps @ 12dB from Dec 2015. Those are all sync rates, not speedtest results.