TrueNet has operated its volunteer based testing service since the beginning of July 2010. The chart shows the average volunteers' speed to download a small 300KB file at 8pm each day compared with uploading the same file.
The 16th August shows an interesting change in speed.
Volunteers in this chart include some with cable, some on wireless and some who have chosen slow DSL speeds. They are however dominated by unlimited speed ADSL connections.
Early TrueNet results for Broadband speed and performance are comparable to Akamai tests reported on New Zealand connections.Analysis of Akamai Stats for NZ
Akamai has released it's "State of the Internet" report for the 1st quarter of 2010. Akamai measures download speeds from their servers located within many ISP networks which are used for frequently required files. The foremost being Microsoft and Apple updates, as well as many iTunes music files.
TrueNet, launched today, is a company dedicated to the accurate measurement and reporting of broadband performance. TrueNet is a joint venture between Catalyst IT, leading open source IT experts, and Jonette Consulting, a company specialising in broadband reporting analysis.
Computerworld (9 July 2010) reports that Graham Mitchell, the CEO of Crown Fibre Holdings is lamenting the size of sections in New Zealand. To get fibres to the home as planned, for many homes, fibre must be placed in the ground, from the road to the house, hence the problem. Innovative ways of getting them onto the ground are necessary if the project is to succeed - recall your driveway, paths, trees, fences - the underground fibre may need to go under them.
TrueNet is keen to increase the number of volunteers to our tester database. We started with friends, family and colleagues, but we are now ready to expand to enable the level of accuracy demanded for commentaries on the performance of broadband to be accurate and reliable.
Our testers will be sent a router that they simply plug into their first Ethernet socket in their network, replug all their other ethernet devices into our router, turn on and bingo tests are automatic. We can update testing remotely so no need to do anything else.