Speed comparisons for October show Vodafone well behind the industry in providing consistent speed performance throughout the day.
TelstraClear Cable is best for Webpage downloads while Vodafone, Slingshot & TelstraClear remain equal best for ADSL webpage downloads.
Investment in their network has paid off for Slingshot, making them the lead ISP due to "significant investment in bandwidth and caching" according to their Chief Technology Officer, Adrian Dick. Slingshot's improvement was across the board for both Surfing and Speed consistency. Coincidentally, TrueNet separated Slingshot's Capped vs Unlimited plans and found that Slingshot is performing as well as the best ISPs for the most common capped plan while their Unlimited plans are better than some ISPs capped plans.
The TrueNet Time-of-Day Speed measure reports that, during peak load periods, five ISPs met the TrueNet standard of 95% of their fastest speed. This is an improvement on 8 months ago when only Snap and Telecom met the TrueNet standard.
For the first time TrueNet is publishing a Surfing the Internet by Time-of-Day analysis, which has Snap & Telecom alone achieving better than 90% of maximum performance.
A major improvement in Website download performance by Orcon, Slingshot and Snap on 11th July, resulted in changes to rankings this month. With a full month of these improvements, the changes will be evident in next month's August Broadband Report.
Telecom, Snap and Xnet have exceeded TrueNet's “better than 95%” target for speed over the previous month, leading significant improvements to peak time performance across the board for ISPs compared to any previous month.
Vodafone gave up the top spot, falling from the previous month's 96% down a couple of points to 92%.
In this April report, TrueNet’s latest results of website download times are showing significant changes. We also explain why we use Mb/s for Internet speed while we use time for downloading a Website. Lastly we provide speed results for Chorus copper lines.
TrueNet measures the time taken to download a webpage from our NZ based servers to our probes throughout NZ. Those ISPs with consistently quick load times take the lead in our ISP performance measurement.
Note the webpage download chart below shows the time taken to download a page, so the best is the least time taken and is at the bottom of the chart.
TelstraClear have adjusted their ADSL performance, improving to second on the DSL rankings this month. This brings us to 5 ISPs downloading our dummy webpage in less than 0.5s, up from 2 when we started reporting in August.
In the same month Orcon seem to have slowed their webpage downloads to more than 0.5s.
Vodafone remain the ISP with number one ADSL performance. TelstraClear Cable remains the best overall performer again.
November saw little change to rankings of browsing performance since our last report on 7th November. TelstraClear Cable remains the best technology. For ADSL (the technology that 80% of New Zealanders must use) Telecom & Orcon remain the best performers. They have now been joined by Slingshot which has an almost identical median download time.
TrueNet has operated its volunteer based testing service since the beginning of July 2010. The chart shows the average volunteers' speed to download a small 300KB file at 8pm each day compared with uploading the same file.
The 16th August shows an interesting change in speed.
Volunteers in this chart include some with cable, some on wireless and some who have chosen slow DSL speeds. They are however dominated by unlimited speed ADSL connections.