Webpage Download - August 2015

Webpage Download Time

Responsive website browsing is valued by most Internet users, and conversely, slow-loading sites can be extremely frustrating.

TrueNet tests internet browsing by downloading a selection of Live Webpages from NZ, Australia, and the USA, measuring the time to fully download all files on the page.  These pages are changed from time-to-time. This month there are 7 NZ pages, 4 Australian, and 4 USA pages.

The charts in this section have three points for each ISP entry showing the Min Hour (minimum load time), the Max Hour (maximum time), and the Median of all hours.

NZ Live Webpages

We download 7 popular NZ websites from each connection and compare the average time taken to download all websites.  This test replicates daily activity for many people, but to provide the ability for readers to compare between ISPs based on their own preferences, we group the websites into regions, NZ, Australia and USA.  

Chart 1 deals with NZ website comparisons by technology and ISP.   

FIbre results are consistent and very similar between ISPs, with the exception of Vodafone's 100Mb/s result.  

Vodafone Cable shows more variation than last month while their upgrade is awaiting completion.  

 iiNet performance is closer to NZ ISPs this month.

Slingshot DSL & Vodafone Cable have large differences in Median v Max hour, suggesting significant levels of congestion.  Median results are all much the same by technology.

Chart 1: Live NZ Webpage Download Time - in seconds

Australian Live Webpages

We download 4 popular Australian websites from each connection and compare the average time taken to download all websites.  This test also replicates daily activity for many people, but to provide the ability for readers to compare between ISPs based on their own preferences, we group the websites into regions, NZ, Australia and USA.  

Chart 2 deals with Australian webpage results by technology and ISP. 

iiNet has now reached the middle of the ADSL pack, and has been improving slowly over a number of months.  

Slingshot and Flip stand out as best for ADSL when downloading from Australia, VDSL, Fibre and Cable results are all much the same.

Chart 2: Live Australian Webpage Download Time - in seconds

US Live Webpages

We download 4 popular USA  websites from each connection, and compare the average time taken to download all websites.  This test replicates daily activity for many people, but to provide the ability for readers to compare between ISPs based on their own preferences, we group the websites into regions, NZ, Australia and USA.

Chart 3 shows USA webpage results by technology and ISP. 
Orcon/Vodafone/Slingshot were best of the ADSL & VDSL providers this month, where the smaller ISPs in ADSL "Other" were notably worse in terms of average and min/max variation.  All other measures were much the same.

Vodafone Cable had the greatest variation between Min and Max hour, with Chart 3 showing a big difference between 50Mb/s and 100Mb/s Cable not seen in the NZ and Australian pages.

Chart 3: Live USA Webpage Download Time - in seconds

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