Seems to be fixed for me
FTP finally works and I am getting about 1.8 mbps on a sustained 150 meg download. This is in Dublin city centre, so I'll see this evening how it works out the country.
I never had VPN problems but I guess that depends on what VPN client you are using.
I think it works pretty well, but I only have access to fixed wireless broadband at home so I guess my expectations are pretty low.