andrewcnz: In New Zealand, Bigpipe fell three spots to seventh place with an average speed of 3.11 Mbps, down from 3.45 Mbps in last month’s inaugural ranking for the country. Trustpower and Spark each rose two spots, ranking fourth and sixth with speeds of 3.37 Mbps and 3.17 Mbps, respectively. Overall, New Zealand moved up three spots to No. 10 in our ranking of countries we track, with an average speed of 3.48 Mbps.
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NonprayingMantis: However, comparing with other countries is useful. It shows the relative state of broadband infrastructure is actually pretty good.
sidefx: I also wonder how they produce their numbers. For example if every customer of an ISP only watches netflix at 720p would that pull down their average?
Jase2985: where is my replublic on that list?
they apparently have average speeds miles ahead of everyone else according to their ad
i would think so
sen8or: There was a herald article today talking about smart TVs and a comment that for UHD streaming a 15Mbps speed is required. Am I right or wrong in interpreting it that none of the ISPs average Netflix delivery is fast enough for UHD?
BigPipeNZ:sen8or: There was a herald article today talking about smart TVs and a comment that for UHD streaming a 15Mbps speed is required. Am I right or wrong in interpreting it that none of the ISPs average Netflix delivery is fast enough for UHD?
you are right, except it's totally irrelevant.
bear in mind that not much content is available in 4K, and you need a 4K device for it to actually stream at all. Netflix won't deliver it in 4K if it's not available in 4k, or if your device can't handle 4k.
This average will be the average of all streams from Netflix to customers of that ISP.
so it will include things like poor wifi impacting the bitrate, using a mobile device instead of a big screen (an HD stream to an iphone will be vastly lower bitrate than an HD stream to a PS4, for example)
so it's the pure average of all of that, and as such is totally irrelevant when comparing which ISP will be good for a specific person.
Imagine we had only 3 customers, all of whom have Gigatown 1000Mbps UFB plan
Customer 1: streams via his Chrome browser to his laptop. the content he happens to pick is something older, and so only available on Netflix in 1750kbps
Customer 2: streams to his iphone via wifi. Netflix chooses to stream the content at 480kbps because his screen size makes anything bigger totally pointless.
customer 3: lives in an apartment block where wifi congestion is terrible and has a really crummy router , so streaming over wifi to his PS4 is limited to only 3Mbps
I promise you that the above 3 scenarios are massively more common than people who have a fully 4K capable setup (and use it for 4k content)
If those were our only 3 customers, Netflix would report the average of those three and that would only be about 1.75Mbps, placing us in lst place by a significant amount. despite the ISP infrastructure delivering a broadband speed of 1000Mbps in all cases.
Jase2985: ...that will be servilely impacting the average.