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!