Maybe its just me but there seem to be more posts regarding sync speeds in the last week.
I think the network is growing fast thanks to ZecWallet & with all these new users spooling up there’s increased demand for public nodes. The number of connections on mine has been high all week (currently 51, spikes to 77).
According to https://explorer.zcha.in/network there are about 200 public nodes available right now (seen in the last hour), in South America it seems there’s just me & someone in Paraguay.
Port forwarding is easy to setup, maybe a nice ‘howto’ would encourage more users to do it? Seems to be lacking from the official docs (https://zcash.readthedocs.io)