Friday, May 20, 2016 - 15:55

NZ Internet now Better than USA

This month we compare webpage download speeds with those reported by the FCC (USA's equivalent of the Commerce Commission), who use nearly identical methods to TrueNet.  In New Zealand, ISPs performance in copper delivery is far superior to that of their counterparts in the USA. The worst NZ ISP is well ahead of the best USA ISP for Time of Day performance.  

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Friday, April 29, 2016 - 20:21
Domain Name Server (DNS), and Latency Performance

In this quarter there is a trend for some ISPs to have exceptionally large latency.   This is caused by the very long path that data is sent on its journey to Sydney or Melbourne from New Zealand (via Hong Kong, or LA); and from the UK to New Zealand (via Hong Kong, then USA). At present, traceroute monitoring from our panelist's connections show the problem lies with Vodafone and 2Degrees, with Voyager caught up in similar delays due to their use of Vodafone's international connections.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 08:20
Voyager tops Fibre Results

Another 100% result, this time from first time reported Voyager 100Mb/s fibre panelists, who saw the 100Mb/s advertised speed or better at all times of day.  There are now four broadband products where actual speed during March was faster than advertised speed at all times of day. These are:

Vodafone 100Mb/s  Vodafone 50Mb/s cable Voyager 100Mb/s fibre  2Degrees 30Mb/s fibre

Performance for all other products remains similar to previous months, continuing the trend of ISPs responding to having their performance tested and published continuously.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 15:39
Rural Broadband Improvements Continue

The continuing development of internet connections in the latest quarter has seen consistent improvements in performance.  The Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) is growing by about 7% per quarter, these improvements are from wireless connections over Vodafone's 4G mobile links or Chorus' fibre to rural cabinets. 

This quarter, Wireless RBI performance has reduced in the evening busy hour, but with higher speeds, this may not be noticeable.

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