iiNet blames Telstra for slow Netflix connection speeds
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Slow internet connection speeds have been blamed on Telstra’s use of copper, something that will be alleviated when the network is upgraded to fibre optic connections. Photo: Glenn HuntiiNet has blamed Australia’s biggest telecommunications company, Telstra, for the slower internet connection speeds that have hit some of its customers since the arrival of Netflix.
The US video streaming giant launched its Australian service last week and proved to be a hit with iiNet customers, accounting for 15 per cent of its total consumer traffic.
But several customers vented their frustration on social media and to Fairfax Media, saying the surge in demand Netflix hasslowed their internet connection speeds.
iiNet has signed an unmetered deal with Netflix, meaning time spent viewing the US streaming giant isn’t included in monthly data allowances.
“Uggggh Internet has been unusable the last few days. Yay for unmetered Netflix @iiNet but also thanks for the congestion,” one consumer wrote on Twitter.
“Might this explain why my iiNet ADSL speeds seem to have slowed in the last week or so?,” another told Fairfax Media. “That is, there is a bunch of new streamers online, and they are clogging the system up?”
Another wrote: “the start of Netflix has also shown up the poor state of our current internet infrastructure. Almost immediately Netflix came on line, my evening business grade service slowed down so other stuff I was streaming … began having buffering issues and slowing load up.”
But iiNet chief executive David Buckingham pointed to what he called “mass service disruptions” on Telstra’s copper network as the reason some customers suffered slower connection speeds.
“We are having countless mass service disruptions on the Telstra copper network right now, so it might be people caught up in those who are commenting,” Mr Buckingham said.
“Any technical issue would quite easily affect Netflix streaming, just like any other video download.”
Mass service disruptions (MSDs) have a variety of triggers, such as severe weather. But a Telstra spokesman said it was difficult to determine whether a MSD had slowed the internet connection speeds for some of iiNet’s customers.
“There are many factors which affect network performance, including distance from the exchange, a customer’s equipment and software, and the number of people using a connection,” the spokesman said.
But he acknowledged the network had experienced “higher-than-usual fault rates” during summer.
“In line with the multiple extreme weather events across Australia this summer, including cyclones, high rainfall and bushfires in different parts of the country, we have been experiencing higher-than-usual fault rates. However, last month, we still achieved an average service availability of 99.69 per cent for voice services on the copper network and a fault free rate of 98 per cent.”
The spokesman defended the company’s copper network, saying it could service the hundreds of thousands of Australians who have subscribed to video streaming services, such as Netflix, Presto and Stan this year.
“Most Telstra customers should be able to stream high definition video, with typical download speeds up to 8Mbps for ADSL and up to 20Mbps for ADSL2+,” he said.
“Five years ago hardly any video traffic was carried over Telstra’s fixed network. Now it accounts for 30 per cent of our overall fixed network traffic.
“Each month there is more than 27.5 petabytes of video traffic carried over our fixed network. That’s equivalent to watching more than 13 million hours of high definition videos each month.”
Ovum analyst David Kennedy said video streaming was unlikely to hinder internet connection speeds.
“I’m not actually anticipating a lot of problems because the telcos have seen this coming, years off,” Mr Kennedy said.
“Basically every exchange has fibre connected to it. They can carry gigantic amounts of traffic.
“All that’s required to upgrade that capacity is to upgrade the electronics and in a lot of cases that can actually be done by software.”
Foxtel, which is half-owned by Telstra, launched a streaming joint venture – Presto Entertainment – with Seven West Media in January. The telecommunications company has an unmetering deal with Presto.
Mike Sneesby, chief executive of Stan – a partnership between Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media, owner of BusinessDay and The Australian Financial Review – said Australians had embraced video streaming.
He said Stan, which also launched in January, has more than 100,000 customers and is streaming more than 1 million hours of content a month.
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