If the world wants better internet then change the laws to require minimum speeds be listed with internet packages.
For example a package would be 35-50MB and the companies would be held accountable for not hitting the minimum
Hahaha! As an Australian, you have no idea what slow internet is!
the other 71% just aren't aware of what their carrier promised and what they are receiving.
I pay for 100mbits and get 20, nearly all of my friends experience the same. German internet providers are scammers and nothing is happening to stop them.
When I went on vacation I thought it was bad luck that everywhere I stayed had WiFi worse than smoke signals
Which isn't specifically surprising, because a short while (somewhere around a year ago [actually almost 2 now, time flies]) a lot of customers who had contracts with resellers got basically shit on.
What happened was that one of the sources for these back sellers went belly up, and so these resellers had to switch to the parent company of T-mobile (Telecom). Now Telecom has different protocol, and thus does not actually provide the same tiers than the original contractor.
With the awesome result that houses that formerly had contracts for 50mbps (the maximum those old lines supported, which yielded a solid 40 only anyway) got dumped to 25mbps, because these resellers themselves can't get the 50 from Telecom, and the higher tier of 60 isn't supported by the lines.
So these resellers basically said "not our fault", contract is contract, it says "up to" fuck you. And enough customer just took a rebate of 4€per month for 12 months, because they can't get anything faster than the 25mbps in their home anyway.
Those would be the 29%.
Haven't heard issues with cable instead of VDSL, or homes that have the proper lines (with VVDSL).
It's basically a triple rock and hard place between resellers, Tcom, customers, and landlords.
Landlords don't want to upgrade, Tcom doesn't want to provide the speed on the lines, and resellers have contracts they can't fulfil, leaving the customers holding the bag.
Anecdotal: I stayed at a couple hotels around the Regensburg area (Bavaria) and the lag was so horrible that we had to VPN through my German colleagues' mobile phones. Mind you, the LTE speed was quite decent, but their fiber is atrocious. At least it was about 3 years ago
This is seriously a disaster. In my current flat they were offering speeds of 1.6 mbps. Which would probably have meant 512 kbps in reality. Now I have internet over cable which gives me 50 mbps of the promised 150. And 50€ a month.
I pay for 50 and average about 30, when I brought it up (Kabel Deutschland) my ISP said it's because the lines are old.
No matter what analogy we use. We can agree internet speeds here in Oz suck balls.
I grew up in a village of about 4000 people where half of the households have access to 300mbps via cable and the other half has around 1mbps DSL from the german Telekom. Some even have like 360kbps. The cable company (unity media) isn‘t willing to provide internet to the other half of the village because those people are already customers of the telekom and therefore „it‘s not worth it“. And the Telekom won‘t upgrade their cables because it‘s to expensive.
The bright side is that a small local internet provider (BnT) started to upgrade the cables so that the inhabitants get access to 50-100mbps.
This is just revolting. I come from Moldova, the poorest country in Europe and we have glass fiber as standard and it's dirt cheap. Moreover, we have public wifi on major streets and parks (even power outlets for laptops next to benches!!!!). Also 4G+ works very well.
Now when I moved to Germany, the speeds are shit, no public wifi anywhere, only DSL available (one company asked for 15k connection fee to have glass fiber, so I can have a connection of 100 Mbps for a promotional price of EUR 300!!!!). Now the telekom companies explain that Germany is big, that there are mountains and that there are higher costs.
How can be shittier service 10x more expensive. Hwo do these companies manage to build a better infrastructure and sell it for a much lower price in my country.
My conclusion that what is happening in Western Europe with telekom service is just pure robbery!
Germans just do whatever said to them. Look at your neighbour Netherlands, almost universal 400 mbit internet for 50-60 euros.