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Topic # 107874 21-Aug-2012 13:06 Send private message

"The United Kingdom's telecoms watchdog has revealed that the national average speed of broadband has risen to 9Mbps. This represents a significant increase over last year's national average, which was measured at 7.6Mbps. The 9Mbps figure comes from Ofcom's latest research into fixed-line residential broadband, which was carried out in May of this year.

Ofcom says that though the rise in average speeds is partly because its research now includes superfast broadband packages (such as Virgin's up to 60Mbps service and BT's Infinity 2, which offers up to 76Mbps), customers are also benefiting from improved speeds thanks to network upgrades being carried out by ISPs.

Ofcom's research also took a look at the speeds of individual ISPs. The watchdog found that Virgin Media's'up to' 100Mbps service was the fastest when tested. Research revealed actual speeds of 88.3Mbps over a 24-hour period on this service. However, Ofcom also reported that a higher proportion of Virgin Media cable customers experienced speeds of less than 90 percent of their average maximum speeds during busy periods.

During busy peak periods, a higher proportion of Virgin Media cable customers experienced speeds of less than 90% of their average maximum speed, compared to BT Infinity fibre customers. BT's Infinity, which offers up to 76Mbps gave actual speeds of 58.5Mbps, while Virgin's 60Mbps gave speeds of 55.9Mbps. BT's 38Mbps package gave speeds of 32.2Mbps and Virgin's 30Mbps service produced speeds of 30.1Mbps.

Ofcom started measuring the average actual UK fixed-line residential broadband speeds in November 2008. Since then, the average speeds have risen from 3.6Mbps to today's 9Mbps."

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/UK-Broadband-Speeds-Average-Real-Speeds-Packages,16939.html

 

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  Reply # 675090 21-Aug-2012 13:38 Send private message

Does anyone have any up-to-date stats for NZ, to compare? 80% of lines "should" get at least 10 Mb/s, but as many of us are aware, people tend to be hamstrung with poor internal wiring. It would also depend on whether mobile broadband is counted in the stats.

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  Reply # 675139 21-Aug-2012 15:31 Send private message

I would count mobile broadband in the stats coz they are still a means of getting broadband access...

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  Reply # 675146 21-Aug-2012 15:41 Send private message

Major issue in NZ with ADSL speed is actually house wiring issues and not the network




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  Reply # 675252 21-Aug-2012 21:06 Send private message

johnr: Major issue in NZ with ADSL speed is actually house wiring issues and not the network


Thank god for that - otherwise all those people would be stealing my bandwidth!




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  Reply # 679127 30-Aug-2012 09:31 Send private message

Our data only covers back to the beginning of 2011, but we can do a like-for-like comparison in May 2012.  A quick look at the stats using the Consumer survey of satisfaction as a proxy for market share, suggests NZ results are much the same as the UK, ie average 9.0 for this year, however we reached that level some time ago. The improvements the UK are now seeing as they move to ADSL2+ and FTTC were achieved in NZ early last year.




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  Reply # 679131 30-Aug-2012 09:36 Send private message

I'd like to see more public awareness of home wiring issues. Perhaps an offer to install a splitter on 12 monthly payments. That will improve DSL, reduce support, although as UFB rolls out that will resolve the issue, but that is over some years, and fully dependent on the end user one off setup cost.

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  Reply # 679136 30-Aug-2012 09:46 Send private message

tdgeek: I'd like to see more public awareness of home wiring issues. Perhaps an offer to install a splitter on 12 monthly payments. That will improve DSL, reduce support, although as UFB rolls out that will resolve the issue, but that is over some years, and fully dependent on the end user one off setup cost.


BT ran a campaign a few years ago offering a fixed price install that guaranteed a performance increase in your broadband (from memory at least 10%) or the install was free.


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