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.
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.
TrueNet compares before and after experience of almost 50 volunteer connection upgrades from ADSL to VDSL over the last 2 years.
Research shows that Telecom customers are more likely to experience significant improvements to the speed of their Broadband on conversion from ADSL to VDSL.
A change to VDSL, from a standard ADSL broadband connection, is most likely to be extremely successful, although for a few it fails to deliver.Size of ADSL to VDSL improvement: File Download speed = 79% File Upload speed = 672% Webpage download time = 72%
A dramatic improvement in performance by Vodafone was shown in mobile broadband speed tests measured by TrueNet between 2012 and 2013.
Where Telecom showed superior performance in 2012, by the end of 2013 Vodafone has overtaken its competitors and now leads in Mobile broadband performance.
Check out the Interactive maps here (click on any dot, or untick a carrier)
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.
Upload speed is critical to many new activities on the web. For your friends to see you clearly on Skype, using the "cloud", or simply uploading pictures are some of the activities that require faster upload speeds.
Fibre upload speeds while below advertised speeds, are just plain fast. However VDSL and Cable technologies both match the slower 30Mb/s Fibre upload speed of 10Mb/s.
Last month, TrueNet published a study showing that consumers were not receiving the advertised speeds of their UFB connections. We are pleased to now report that one LFC, Enable, have resolved this issue at the beginning of November, with both 30Mb/s and 100Mb/s speeds being successfully delivered by ISPs within the Enable region.
Unfortunately, Chorus and UltraFastFibre are still not enabling their ISPs to deliver 30Mb/s and 100Mb/s to customers.
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.