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  #1548694 9-May-2016 13:37
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And what really matters with mobile service is the real world usage. Can you stream a video at an acceptable quality, share media, and load pages in a reasonable time? If the answer is yes then the speedtests are just trivia that's burning your data.



That is exactly it. I think we get hung up on a needless bit of competition around who or what can achieve the highest speed, when in reality this metric doesn't matter so much. What's important is how the network (or any product really, but in this case a mobile network) performs in real life when you are actually using it. Now how it performed on some speed test. 


More importantly, what speed/throughput/capacity will it deliver with multiple people using it at peak times? What will the customer's actual experience be?

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  #1548742 9-May-2016 15:45
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Earlier today I needed to download about 2.5GB of stuff quickly but didn't have access to wifi with decent speeds so I used my phone, I saw download speeds of nearly 20MB/s and then noticed the 4G+ icon at the top of my phone. I would have done a speed test but I didn't want to blow through the rest of my data :P


I'm assuming this is related to 4.5G?


Also I was in Christchurch CBD at the time.

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  #1548821 9-May-2016 17:50
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How will this benefit rural broadband users (both in real world speed and in price)?

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Master Geek

  #1553358 15-May-2016 22:44
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I'm amazed that that radio waves can rival fibre.


Sure you can probably get 'ideal conditions' for fibre with unreleased hardware and do 10Gbps, but still.



Not unreleased, you can buy 10Gbps fibre in Singapore and certain American cities now.



Wholesale plans for 10Gbps exist today in NZ, but surely you'd just get a provider to put in a dark/direct fibre service and light it at 10Gbps.

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