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Topic # 27390 24-Oct-2008 10:07
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Im just curious what sort of speeds people are getting from ADSL2 international connections using Telecom. Im moving to an apartment without cable, and wanted to see if there was a performance letdown.

Here are some speedtests I did last night from my current place to the US:

To San Francisco:
Down: 4300
Up: 570
Ping 435 ms

To LA:
190 ms

To New York:
310 ms

Are those within the ballpark of what people using ADSL2 with Telecom are getting? And I know that the ADSL2 speed generally exceeds any sort of international bandwidth you will get, so I guess that leads to another question:

How good is Telecoms international capacity given its number of users?

Any comments would be greatly appreciated.


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  Reply # 173298 24-Oct-2008 10:38
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Hi Thronsen - welcome to Geekzone! I have a Telecom ADSL2+ connection myself - I am around 3km from the exchange and average a download speed of around 6.9Mbs download and 798kbps upload within NZ. I've just hopped onto for you and these are the results I get for the same cities as those you tested:

San Francisco:
Down: 4554
Up: 356
Ping: 436ms

Down: 4627
Up: 451
Ping: 189ms

Down: 3741
Up: 332
Ping: 272ms

I find download speeds from international sites consistently impressive, for all the negative press it gets I feel Telecom is getting better and better as an ISP.


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  Reply # 173302 24-Oct-2008 10:56
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I think you'll find that the time of the day plays a heavy part in how quick speeds are.  For example right now, it's off-peak, so I can get 7Mbps down, 1.8Mbps up on my TCL cable broadband to San Francisco.  But try again at 8pm and I'll have no chance of getting speeds that good.  I believe most ISPs are similar, so beware of comparing your results from last night to those done off-peak.

Biggest letdown of ADSL(2+) over cable would be upload speeds.


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  Reply # 173323 24-Oct-2008 11:49
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Thanks alot for your really helpful replies. What are the heavy use times, and how great is the speed loss? Just roughly, like 10% or 50%? And would this be roughly the same across all ISPs, or are some better then others? Im not that price sensitive, just need a fast line to the US.

I know the cable connection I had in Singapore used to drop from 1500 to 500 between 7pm and midnight, it was terrible.

Thanks again.

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  Reply # 173328 24-Oct-2008 12:02
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Haven't really done any tests recently at peak time, but it definitely drops off at peak times noticeably.  It's very difficult to measure these things accurately and the speedtest tool is not a true indicator of real-life experience on the web anyway - just gives you a sample of speed to a specific server they're using.

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  Reply # 173457 24-Oct-2008 21:08
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Anyone  available to run a couple to the US now? Cant imagine it gets more peak then Fri evening, and I would be interested to see how fast the Telecom internation connections were.

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