After three years in this country [Australia] I have learned that the idea that it’s the best country in the world is somewhat damaging. It is a bit jingoistic in the sense that, don’t dare to ask questions if other countries do something better than us [Australia].
This is something I often experience when discussing telecommunication with Aussies. Criticise download caps and mobile network reception, you will be bombarded with rather amusing and baseless excuses.
The most common ones are, regarding download caps, is that it’s so expensive to get data to Australia, while the poor mobile reception is due to the size of the country. While both claims seem to avoid the possible idea that the money earned is not well spent.
Recently we upgraded out Internet connection and should have speeds up to 40 Mbps on the fibre network provided by Telstra. Instead we only reach 10.44 Mbps during the day – if we are lucky.
Being a foreigner I have this weird obsession that I want to visit websites outside of Australia, which is when the whole idea of “best country in the world” becomes nothing but a joke to me.
Reaching only 0.25 Mbps to a large server outside of Australia.
This is exactly why I get really angry when it comes to telecommunication here in Australia. Not only do you not get the speed advertised, you really feel that you are far, far away from rest of the world.