I have been on M1’s fibre broadband for a month already. The plan that I have is 50Mbps down and 25Mbps up. This is the speediest result that I got. I’m doing this from my Macbook Pro over wireless network and my router is a TP-Link TLWR-1043ND Wireless-N Router running OpenWrt. Pretty decent speed I got here.
I’m not sure why there are people complaining about M1’s fibre broadband, but so far it’s pretty good for me. (Touch wood). Downloads from Filesonic and Mediafire can hit approximately 25Mbps. I’m not sure if M1’s throttling or the file sharing sites are limiting downloading speed. But either way, I’m not complaining. I’m already a very happy man with 25Mbps.
One of the things I start to enjoy very much after jumping from ADSL, is the streaming performance. I have an iPad which my wife and I watch movies and stuff. The networks that I use is PPS and LeTV. The streaming is great for these 2 networks. China bandwidth is notoriously bad. Watching anything over my previous SingNet ADSL was a huge pain. It’s obvious that the bandwidth to China is severely limited. So far, the experience on M1 is very good. My theory is that their China bandwidth has not been exhausted yet. When their subscriber base eventually picks up, they could be as bad as the other players in term of China bandwidth.
My home surveillance is now perfect, thanks to the big uplink. I’m streaming my image out from my IP Cam at 15fps, which takes up about 3Mbps of bandwidth. Neither ADSL or Cable could offer that kind of uplink speed.
M1’s having a promotion for 100Mbps at $39 bucks this coming Comex. I think it’s a no brainer. The other 2 players, namely SingTel and Starhub’s pricing are very high. The only value add is bundling with their mobile and TV services. So if you do not need cable for example (Hint: PPS/LeTV. I have a jailbroken Apple TV too!), the bundling doesn’t work anymore, so M1 becomes the most value for money plan. :)
Oh by the way, I don’t work for M1. In fact I work for the other camp, so this is neutral techie point of view. :)