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I get 120 D / 60 U to my own ISP (this PC connected to router through concrete wall via WIFI - wired would be higher - 1GB to the ISP).
But connecting from here to say OG's ISP (Fasthosts Internet) I get about 10 - 15 each way - much more realistic usage rates as my own ISP has nothing that interests me - the rest of the world is where I look around.
But the OP is correct, he has severely throttled upload.
Why? Because that's Australia and that's the way it is there.
(supposedly Aus has full open competition, except that Aus telecoms and it's 'independent' authorities are dominated by a govt protected telco that's about 50 years behind the rest of the world ... but to be fair they are catching up ... albeit slowly, really slowly.)
I'm at 9 Mbps down and .6 Mbps up on DSL at a little after midnight and it decreases drastically during peak hours not to mention dropping out completely on a fairly regular basis. All of my friends are on cable and complain about the slowness of my internet when they're over, but the cable company pays the city I live in to keep the competition out (I really want FIOS), which angers me to the point I won't pay them for their services. So I pay more for slower and less reliable DSL...
It so happens Frontier (the old Verizon) gave us a complimentary upgrade from 25 / 25 to 100 / 100 this morning, complete with a new router compatible with the higher speed. I do believe I see smoke coming from my browser when I surf the net.
Edit: I checked the speed: Actual upload is 98 and download is 105. Nice!
60D/20U Work from home and the speed is OK. Based in the UK, we're in the Lake District, rural, and about 3 miles from the Telephone Exchange and I'm still copper for 1/4mile to the street box.
My friend on the other side of the street can only get 30D/12U max on a good day. There are 2 copper truck cables back to the street box 1/4 mile away. I'm one bundle and he's on the other. So I guess the quality and distance of the last 1/4 mile copper makes a big differences.
4 Mb down, 2 Mb up, ~15 ms network latency. I work in Virginia, USA and live & work in a rural area. Connectivity is necessary for work, but for me the latency is the important number (not the down/up numbers). If I can't keep that latency low, I can't be remotely logged in to servers and writing code.
I'm at 40D/20U using CenturyLink DSL in Spokane WA.
I could probably go faster if I wanted but the added expense isn't justifiable. The speed is enough, consistent and reliable. The downside with them is they block various TCP ports so it's a bit of a pain for me to run the servers I want on my internal network. Had to play some games to move my email server internal but finally got it working.
At my old house in south eastern WA state I had Spectrum internet and got ~60D/30U and all TCP ports were wide open for me to do with as I pleased, plus in 3 years of using their service the IP address never changed.
Guess I got a bit spoiled, unfortunately Spectrum doesn't offer service in Spokane.