I am staying in a hotel in the middle of Wellington. After I got over the sticker shock of metered prices at $10 gig, the first thing I noticed was that my connection speed to stream (quasi) HD video from the US was very good. Much better then my cable connection in Singapore which was advertised as being 100Mbps.
I had a few questions and comments, as Im relocating to New Zealand and moving from my hotel to a permanent residence in Wellington:
1. I gather the hotel uses something called CityLink. I read a bit about it, but couldnt really figure out what it was. What is it? Is it available in residences as well that are in Wellington City?
2. Assuming that its not, or there are cheaper options available then $10/gig, what is the recognized best ADSL ISP for international bandwidth. Im not particularly price sensistive, but do need a connection with a good ping and latency. (I appreciate there are local factors that go into that as well, but I figure those are largely ISP independent). Who has the best reputation for delivering quality, high speed international bandwidth?
3. I understand that Telstra Inhome is one of the few if any cable providers of internet in my area. Does it suffer the domestic congestion problems in peak times that cable internet providers in other countries do? How is its international bandwidth?
4. I read through alot of the posts on this board, and they are very informative. If I could add one thing to the discussion, that would be Dont always be jealous of the Headline rates you see advertised in other countries. To be sure a US connection to a US server will be fast, a Japanese connection to a Japanese server will be fast. But for the last few years I have had one of the fastest residential connections in the world (100 Mbps according to their ads) that is easily being trumped but what I have here at my Wellington hotel when connecting to the US.
Other countries with a small population and large international bandwidth requirements suffer right along with you, even if their headline broadband speeds seem huge.