TrueNet's new focus is on the time taken to download 8 live websites. The smaller ISPs came out on top with a standout performance from Voyager VDSL measured at 2.5 seconds download speed for all websites. Vodafone ADSL had the biggest discrepancy between test website (6.1s), and live website (2.8s) download speeds.
Voyager VDSL also came out on top for best Time of Day performance achieving 98% of their best speed throughout the day. Flip achieved the best ADSL performance maintaining 99% of their best speed.
Chorus states that 51% of connections can be VDSL, while only 8% can be Fibre. The 8% is chnaging slowly, so if you are unable to connect with Fibre, then VDSL is a great option.
A significant improvement in Vodafone Cable file download speeds, and Time of Day performance sees Cable speeds matching high speed Fibre.
TrueNet's Live Webpage download tests show Orcon Fibre to be the quickest browsing product. They have held the lead since September 2013. Over a similar period Snap ADSL Testpage downloads have dropped significantly from best in November to second worst this month.
TrueNet introduces regular File Upload tests for the first time with Fibre 100Mb/50Mb showing Upload speeds far superior to any other ISP service.
Since January 2013, TrueNet's Time of Day speed comparisons across all ISPs have improved markedly - from 90% of maximum speed, to over 95% by January 2014.
In TrueNet's International Test webpage download comparison, Vodafone Cable maintains its top spot closely followed by Orcon Fibre.
Improvement in Vodafone Cable Service
TrueNet's broadband speed tests show Vodafone's cable service has improved in several areas this month. Peak Speed of the 10Mb/100Mb service, DNS response time, and Test page download times each showed significant improvement.
A review of ADSL download times inside New Zealand reveal major improvements across four ISPs during 2013 (Chart 6).
In contrast, Latency to the USA is trending up, with the time it takes for data to be returned to TrueNet's test probes increasing significantly over the last three months.
Telecom VDSL is now the best performing VDSL provider.
Ultra Fast Broadband using fibre technology show speeds far superior to any other technology.
Vodafone Cable had the shortest Webpage Download times from the TrueNet test pages. On live pages, Orcon fibre is the best.
International Latency has increased significantly from last month, with results across all technologies showing increases reaching over 200 milliseconds.
Fibre Speed results are consistently faster than other access technologies although, for the first time, congestion is apparent on the 100Mb/s service for Orcon and Snap.
Testpage download times show Cable and Fibre results to be faster than DSL, but the Cable 100Mb/s service has considerable variation in average speed.
Latency is generally better with smaller ISPs and faster access technologies.
Domain Name Server (DNS) response times show a trending result with Fibre ahead of the rest, although one ISP can deliver DNS over ADSL with the same performance as Fibre.
Mid August TrueNet's file located on Trademe servers disappeared. We recovered by creating a dual file system in Auckland and Wellington, but that meant our data was limited to half a month. DSL performance normally varies from test to test, so the outcome of a shortfall in data meant that we had insufficient probe results for reporting ADSL or VDSL accurately alone, so for August we have combined the VDSL results with ADSL.
In this issue of the TrueNet Broadband Report we measure DNS response for the first time, and Snap takes the honours in the first round. Latency tests are extended to Australia.
Telecom still has some work to do to improve Latency and Webpage Download times to catch up with the rest of the market.
TrueNet Webpage download times show Vodafone Cable as the quickest with Orcon (Fibre), and Snap (Fibre/VDSL) a close second and third in the new International comparison.
Best Speed consistency is with Snap(ADSL & VDSL), Orcon(ADSL), Slingshot(ADSL), Voyager(VDSL) and Telecom, all better than 95%. The best Fibre speed, Snap's 100Mb/s service, is just 93% of advertised speed.