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Reports: Telstra Customers Suffering Crippling Speeds To Any Apple Service 50

An anonymous reader writes: It appears a large number of customers of Telstra (one of Australia's largest telcos) have been suffering crippling speeds while attempting to connect to any Apple Service for the better part of four days. Reports indicate this is affecting Apple Music, Apple App Stores (on both iOS and OSX) and are stopping many Telstra customers from getting access to app updates and the much anticipated El Capitan release of OS X. Mobile phone customers as well as home broadband customers seem to be affected at this stage with a large number of posts both on Twitter and the Whirlpool Broadband Forum. It appears one Twitter user has also fully summarised all the issues in a single post including many of the Twitter posts as well.
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Reports: Telstra Customers Suffering Crippling Speeds To Any Apple Service

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  • Pardon my ignorance, but does anyone know whether this is unintentional or not? I don't know of anyway this could be an unintentional action by the telco, but I've been wrong before; if anyone knows, please enlighten me!
    • RTFA and you'll quickly find out.

      • Shouldn't that cable cut be affecting more than just Apple services though?
        • not if the other services have CDN's on different networks or locally on Telstra's network
        • Shouldn't that cable cut be affecting more than just Apple services though?

          Not necessarily. They could simply have been routing all apple traffic along the line that was cut. It shouldn't take them 4 days to re-route but it could simply be lack of available bandwidth to route such a major set of services through. If that were the case it likely became a choice of letting one service slow/fail or have the entire network slow/fail.

  • They happen.

  • Sigh. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by ledow ( 319597 ) on Thursday October 01, 2015 @09:14AM (#50634837) Homepage

    And nothing of value was lost.

  • Question: Why wouldn't Apple have local cached servers in place? That seems redundantly silly for having an entire nation pull effectively the same content over trans transoceanic cables.

    • by jrumney ( 197329 )
      For updates it would make sense, but iTunes downloads get some metadata inserted that identifies the user, so it would have to be custom made for Apple's requirements.
    • its australia and will probably cost five times what it should really cost anywhere else
    • Question: Why wouldn't Apple have local cached servers in place? That seems redundantly silly for having an entire nation pull effectively the same content over trans transoceanic cables.

      I have been wondering the same thing. I have issues downloading stuff from Apple in the US. Just the other day I was trying to download WatchOS 2 and was getting a blazing 0.02MB/s from Apple. On the same device I started downloading a file from a big content provider and was getting 7MB/s. WatchOS 2 speed did not increase or decrease based on whether or not I started or stopped that transfer. And I'm not far from one of Apple's big data centers.

      Anyway, I feel like Apple is sliding quite a bit right n

      • It seems they updated the BIOS for the motherboard on my MBP with El Capitan and now it is reporting half the memory that is actually installed and at a lower FSB speed. I had upgraded my memory to 16GB, which I have been using without a problem for years. Now it's showing two sticks at 4GB each."

        OT, but I'll chime in.

        Firstly, I didn't know El Capitan rolled up a BIOS update as part of the OS installation, unless there was an outstanding update already available and your MBP needed it installed prior as a p

        • It seems they updated the BIOS for the motherboard on my MBP with El Capitan and now it is reporting half the memory that is actually installed and at a lower FSB speed. I had upgraded my memory to 16GB, which I have been using without a problem for years. Now it's showing two sticks at 4GB each."

          OT, but I'll chime in.

          Firstly, I didn't know El Capitan rolled up a BIOS update as part of the OS installation, unless there was an outstanding update already available and your MBP needed it installed prior as a prerequisite. Either way, I haven't a clue. However, I have MBP - 13-inch, Mid 2012 model that just got El Capitan installed last night. It's still reporting 16GB (two sticks of 8GB @ 1600Mhz). And while yes, only 8GB is officially supported, the only aftermarket provider of RAM the I can rely on with 100% confidence is crucial.com; which is where I purchased my kit from.

          Actually I think I was confused this morning - grabbed the wrong laptop. I opened the case and that one does indeed only have 8GB of RAM in it. But they do sometimes package new SMC code and other tidbits with the OS installers - that was why you could not revert backward from I think 10.6, for instance.

  • by Kagato ( 116051 ) on Thursday October 01, 2015 @09:20AM (#50634875)

    Crickey!

  • by Mortimer82 ( 746766 ) on Thursday October 01, 2015 @09:46AM (#50635049)
    I used to work for Blizzard Europe customer support, occasionally during my time there Virgin customers in the UK would complain of terrible latency and each time it was a result of some traffic shaping appliance that Virgin was using, which was incorrectly categorizing WoW traffic as being peer-to-peer. This was over 3 years ago, but happened at least 3 times during my time there.

    However, as Apple traffic is likely over HTTP(S), it seems less likely to be mistaken as "questionably illegal traffic" and is probably more likely a peering issue of sorts. Perhaps the CDN servers that Apple uses are at a different ISP and there is a routing / peering issue making it all route internationally instead.
    • When I was playing WoW, Blizzard liked to distribute updates peer-to-peer, with downloading from Blizzard being available if that didn't work. Technically, the appliance might have been correct.

  • Why Apple? (Score:1, Troll)

    by AndyKron ( 937105 )
    Why would anybody want to connect to an Apple service to begin with?
  • What are crippling speeds? Do Apple services run so fast that users can't manage and Australian Telcos cannot cope?
  • by netwiz ( 33291 ) on Thursday October 01, 2015 @12:50PM (#50636485) Homepage

    It's pretty telling that should a Telstra user (who's experiencing slow performance) activate a VPN, suddenly they have no issues whatsoever downloading from the various Apple services. The only way this could be the case is if Telstra is intentionally throttling (by way of some QoS method) traffic destined for Apple's address ranges. Their claims of a cable cut are bald-faced lies, nothing more. That they've "fixed" it shows the degree to which they've been caught, and relented their behavior. While the motives for this remain to a certain degree unclear, it' appears to be yet another case of a big, unregulated "communications" company (I place quotes due to the obvious nature of their desire to bleed their customers for all they're worth) pushing around their users as though they were a commodity to be monetized. Hey Apple, you want to not look bad? Pay up or else!

  • I'm having the same, downloading apps, iOS and books is slow via comcast internet or over the at&t wireless network.

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