TrueNet tests show that New Zealand's investment in Fibre to the Node (FTTN) from 2007 to 2011 improved the performance of our telephone line broadband, which is now significantly better than comparable Australian networks.
TrueNet have compared all of our copper line probes (280+) with a small but relevant sample of 12 Australian probes doing exactly the same tests to public Websites in each country.
Flip continues to outperform other ISPs with the best live webpage download times for New Zealand and Australia combined, with Slingshot a close second.
A new ISP, Bigpipe, joins the report this month with some excellent results. They top all other ADSL providers for NZ webpage download times, as well as having the best performance for file download speeds during peak hours.
New Zealand median speed for ADSL is 9Mb/s but for Australia it was just 3Mb/s in TrueNet's June results. Copper services in NZ include VDSL over FTTN, so the difference is much greater.
A substantial 2% growth in fibre probes occurred in June with 9 probes upgrading from DSL. TrueNet now has 420 probes with 74 of those on UFB fibre and 90 on VDSL, nearly all volunteer upgrades from ADSL.
The premium UFB fibre product continues to fall below the advertised speed of 100Mb/s for most users.
Slingshot, Orcon & their stablemate Flip are all the best performers for webpage downloads this month, the only ISPs achieving less than 5 seconds to download all the websites we test.
Speed performance by time of day remains excellent for most ISPs we report.
Vodafone Cable webpage download times take longer than all VDSL suppliers, while oddly Vodafone VDSL is the best VDSL supplier this month.
TrueNet measures broadband in both urban and rural locations. Standard (Full Speed) Rural ADSL speed performance has declined in the last 2.5 years while at the same time Urban ADSL performance has increased markedly.
Rural broadband users see their speed drop in the evenings to just 82% of the speed the connection is capable of. This will often mean websites do not download, files take a long time to appear, or even fail to be delivered due to timeouts.
Last November TrueNet published an article comparing LFC's but a lot of focus was on the actual speeds being less that those advertised, due to a technical definition.
The Christchurch LFC, Enable solved that problem in December by offering 106Mb/s to their ISPs who were then able to on-sell a true 100Mb/s; TrueNet reported that improvement in an article titled "Enable beats Chorus & UFF to 100Mb/s"
Chorus recently published their planned response with a new product called Chorus Accelerate - pdf attached below now
For the month of April TrueNet’s Live Webpage download tests show that Orcon Fibre is quicker than all other products, and Fibre services are superior to other technologies. Flip has the best result for ADSL and Vodafone the best for VDSL.
Vodafone Cable 10/100Mb/s service raises the speed bar again on Internet File Download tests, reaching 99Mb/s during peak demand, well ahead of fibre services at 79Mb/s.
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.
Since TrueNet began operations in 2010, the focus on publishing Speed by Time of Day (ToD) performance has driven NZ ISPs to compete. This is not the case in the USA, or the UK where similar measurements over a longer period have not resulted in improvements in performance such as those achieved in NZ.
The result of increased competition shows that not only have all major ISPs improved dramatically, but the top 8 in NZ are significantly better than the top 8 in either the UK, or the USA.
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.