Monday 27th January 2014: 4.23pm.
2.4 Line Rate (Down / Up) 71678 Kbps / 20479 Kbps
2.5 Noise Margin (Down / Up) 10.5 dB / 10.5 dB
2.6 Attenuation (Down / Up) 10.5 dB / 3.1 dB
2.7 Power (Down / Up) 14.5 dBm / -8.4 dBm
A 70Mbit line sync rate should of course translate into a fairly swift internet connection, and as you will note I hit not far off the theoretical max to Dublin with ~67Mb/sec down and ~17Mb/sec up which is better than what we had in Canada's tech hub Waterloo, Ontario by quite some margin. The ping time of ~28ms is especially good and also much better than in Waterloo. Google is quite fast to load and browse now, though you'll note that our connection to New York at ~15Mb/sec and ~105ms is not a patch on what we could get in Waterloo (fair enough, there is a few thousand km difference). Still, connectivity to New York is a very good proxy for how fast the internet "feels".
I see though that bulk downloads are traffic shaped to 1Mbit which is a bit sucky. This is part of my provider's "true unlimited downloads" policy where you only get full speed for everything at off-peak hours, otherwise during peak hours you get the first 4Gb per day for HTTP/HTTPS at full speed and everything else but a few select sites goes to 1 Mbit for anything longer than a Mb or so. That does suck when you want a Linux install DVD ISO right now, but my cloud does most of our bulk downloads for me so I don't have to, and it can be easily told to only use off-peak hours. For the rest, just remember to always go via SSL over a HTTP-ish port.
Besides, it's not like I actually have a choice in provider. Just one, Magnet, provides anything less than a 12 month contract in Ireland. And Magnet only provides one of their services in Dromahane which is the most expensive one at €47 per month which is pricey. Still, it's phenomenal to get proper internet back again, using my mobile phone via a wifi tether was very tedious, email kept losing connection and all my deleted email would reappear ready to be deleted a second or third time!