Given my work can be performed more or less anywhere there is an internet connection (I’ll need to do some work as I travel around) I am curious to find out how easy it is to obtain net access. Indeed, Telstra, the main telecommunications company in Australia, has advertised its Wireless 3G Broadband network since 2006 with Road Trip, a TV ad featuring the song, I’ve Been Everywhere” and a Volkswagen Kombi van.

As a subproject of this trip, and being the geek that I am, I started off testing the Telstra Next G network out in the town centre of each location I visited. However, it very soon became apparent that wherever I went that had a population of more than 2 cows had a very reliable wireless Internet availability. I am no longer testing the connectivity methodically  but will continue to comment on this page when appropriate.

For those with a technical interest, I access the web using a Telstra Turbo USB modem (A Sierra 301) and a MacBook Pro. Some sample speed test results are published below.

Augathella
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Test run on 05/12/2009 @ 13:20 AM

Mirror: Optus
Data: 600 KB
Test Time: 9.56 secs

Your line speed is 511 kbps (0.51 Mbps).
Your download speed is 64 KB/s (0.06 MB/s).

Boggabila
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Test run on 03/12/2009 @ 01:38 PM
Mirror: Optus
Data: 3 MB
Test Time: 28.69 secs
Your line speed is 854 kbps (0.85 Mbps).
Your download speed is 107 KB/s (0.1 MB/s).

Canberra
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My B&B just outside the centre of Canberra appears to have been located in a bit of a wireless broadband black hole. Both signal and speed of connection was weak. This was surprising being the nations capital.

Cunnamulla
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Test run on 04/12/2009 @ 09:40 PM
Mirror: Optus
Data: 600 KB
Test Time: 7.99 secs
Your line speed is 611 kbps (0.61 Mbps).
Your download speed is 76 KB/s (0.07 MB/s).

Goondiwindi
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Test run on 03/12/2009 @ 05:33 PM
Mirror: Optus
Data: 3 MB
Test Time: 59.59 secs
Your line speed is 411 kbps (0.41 Mbps).
Your download speed is 51 KB/s (0.05 MB/s).

Gunnedah
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Test run on 02/12/2009 @ 02:58 PM
Mirror: Optus
Data: 3 MB
Test Time: 5.21 secs
Your line speed is 4.71 Mbps (4705 kbps).
Your download speed is 588 KB/s (0.57 MB/s).

Kurri Kurri
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Test run on 02/12/2009 @ 10:49 AM
Mirror: Optus
Data: 3 MB
Test Time: 6.97 secs
Your line speed is 3.52 Mbps (3517 kbps).
Your download speed is 440 KB/s (0.43 MB/s).

Moree
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Test run on 03/12/2009 @ 11:54 AM
Mirror: Optus
Data: 3 MB
Test Time: 6.61 secs
Your line speed is 3.7 Mbps (3704 kbps).
Your download speed is 463 KB/s (0.45 MB/s).

Narrabi
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Test run on 03/12/2009 @ 09:30 AM
Mirror: Optus
Data: 3 MB
Test Time: 17.8 secs
Your line speed is 1.38 Mbps (1376 kbps).
Your download speed is 172 KB/s (0.17 MB/s).

Terrigal
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Test run on 19/11/2009 @ 12:02 PM
Mirror: Optus
Data: 3 MB
Test Time: 4.67 secs
Your line speed is 5.25 Mbps (5247 kbps).
Your download speed is 656 KB/s (0.64 MB/s).

Tullamore, NSW
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No phone or mobile broadband signal detected.