TrueNet speedtests show VDSL is the fastest technology available until the Government's fibre rollout arrives in 1 to 5 years. So why are very few ISP's offering it? VDSL is available in many exchanges throughout New Zealand, both as a wholesale service from Telecom and some ISPs have their own to offer over LLU.
Have you ever wondered why some websites take a long time to appear on your computer?
TrueNet testing shows the variance between ISPs of webpage download times is very large. Top-ranked TelstraClear provides page downloads of under 0.2 seconds, while bottom-ranked Vodafone is over 10 times longer at 2.5 seconds.
TrueNet measured and ranked ISPs for webpage downloads:
TelstraClear broadband performance was seriously impaired on three days recently. A TrueNet volunteer noticed "Long pauses and time outs. Then sudden spurts of normal speed" and asked TrueNet for comment.
TrueNet tests show Domain Name System (DNS) responses for all TelstraClear probes were very slow, resulting in poor webpage loading times.
Telecom come out on top for most mobile broadband measures completed by TrueNet in Auckland late in June.
The best performances were:Throughput speed (Fastest file download) - Telecom Browsing delay (quickest to open a webpage) - 2Degrees & Telecom Upload speed - Telecom National latency - Vodafone & 2Degrees International latency - All equal Upload, Throughput & Browsing
Snap ran a special AYCE (All you can eat) weekend where all data was free. Concern over performance was expressed on Geekzone, but TrueNet measurements of throughput show there was little impact. Possibly due to an upgrade applied just prior to the weekend?
TrueNet today has released a paper studying the data performance of the three mobile carriers from the point of view of a user in the street. Select here or on the icon below to download a copy;
The new Rural broadband speeds that will result from the RBI using 3G wireless broadband delivery, the planned Telecom/Vodafone 3G service, will deliver one third of the speed of urban ADSL services and one half of Cable speeds. That is the best that can be expected if the user is within line of sight of the tower and not too far away.
Mobile data prices vary between carriers by very large margins. Mobile performance is now sufficiently good to compete with fixed line performance if your connection is over 2km from the nearest exchange or cabinet. 2Degrees have just released a mobile wifi unit which enables the technology of mobile broadband being an alternative in the home. But, prices for mobile broadband vary significantly.
TrueNet ventures into mobile broadband quality measurements. TrueNet has developed mobile probes for testing mobile broadband in New Zealand and the analysis of several months of testing has thrown up some interesting results.
New Zealand mobile carriers are either delivering great Browsing or Throughput experiences on Mobile Broadband, but none of the three carriers are providing great results in both categories. And especially interesting is that the carrier with the best file download speed (Throughput) also has the worst page download times (Browsing performance).
Although targets set appear achievable within the promised timeframe, Telecom currently falls short in achieving the planned increase in broadband speed to the home.
With testing units (probes) in many homes around the country TrueNet is in a position to get some real measurements on some real broadband commitments made to the government.