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.
TrueNet's latest test results reveal that on Chorus supplied 100Mb/s connections less than half of tests from our Auckland or Wellington servers are better than 90% of the advertised speed.
WIth the recent change of Government in Australia, the NBNs Fibre to the Home (FTTH) rollout is now up for review. The discussion is focused on what the ideal infrastructure mix to deliver fast broadband across Australia should be.
Fibre to the Node (FTTN) has been suggested as an alternative to Fibre to the Home (FTTH). FTTN uses copper technology (VDSL and ADSL) to complete network connections from a cabinet (node) to individual homes, and can achieve speeds of up to 50Mb/s, which in practice are rarely reached.
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.
TrueNet noticed a few months ago that file download tests for TelstraClear Cable had wide variation in speeds during a single download, and frequently reached just 5Mb/s.
We have identified issues including the potential double impact of both not peering, and packet loss on a route between TelstraClear and our server. TrueNet's server is openly connected to both the Wellington and Auckland Internet Exchanges (WIX & APE) but these options were not used by TelstraClear.
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.