I switched from FTTC to using Three for my home broadband about a year ago, using a Mikrotik SXT LTE.
It is worked really well for much for the last year and Iíve never had to fallback to the Plusnet FTTC line Iíve still got as a backup.
However, the last couple of weeks has been pretty awful. I donít believe that my connection to the Three mast has got any worse, signal strength has been incredibly consistent over the year:
And over the year speed has been reasonably reliable (with the odd bad day when it dipped a bit):
But the last couple of weeks have not been good, this is typically what Iíve been seeing from speedtest.net:
To me it seems to be parts of Threeís network not coping, as when it is bad the speed from different places can be totally inconsistent. Iíll do a TBB or speedof.me speed test and get a solid 80/30 then immediately after do a speedtest.net on that gets sub 30/10 (and the repeat both to see the speedtest.net is still very slow).
Or news.bbc.co.uk will be loading fine and facebook isnít, or YouTube will load without buffering, report 45MB+ bandwidth in the nerd tools, and yet at the same time Prime Video will buffer.
Oddly though it isnít connected to peak times, it is bad this morning at 10:30 for example, well out of any peak times.
But I've not seen lots of other people complaining about recent deterioration of performance, which makes me wonder if it is a problem specific to me on the mast I'm using.
It could of course be my Mikrotik, I broke my ankle a couple of months ago, so havenít been able to swap out my spare one to test that. I've tried to check against Three on my phone when there have been issues, but that has been inconsistent (sometimes the phone is also slow, sometimes is isn't).
Anyone else having problems with Three like this ?
It has never got quite bad enough to drive me back to the 25/4 MB Plusnet FTTC line, but I'm definitely going to be investigating EE when I get a bit more mobile again.