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#10016 30-Oct-2006 21:55
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Guys, what;s your international speed? I have real trubles with this new slingshot's plansand especially with "max" speed
I am on Ultra Plus paln and according to
me speed is 170.9 kilobits per second
according to
Download Speed: 426 kbps (53.3 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 33 kbps (4.1 KB/sec transfer rate)
I live on the terrace

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BDFL - Memuneh
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#50358 30-Oct-2006 21:59
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I would say that these new "max speed" plans just showed how low quality is the current New Zealand infrastructure. Since the 25 October I've noticed reduced connectivity to overseas servers, overloaded connections or sometimes no response at all - and I am not even on a DSL connection, but on Cable with TCL.

I've tested a few minutes ago while talking to a couple of friends over MSN and I have to say that we all (Wellington, Auckland) saw appaling speeds to Los Angeles from here, let alone Europe.

Really, I think this is beyond belief - but it seems real.



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  #50360 30-Oct-2006 22:01
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I would agree... especially towards the evening, international speeds to the US, Australia, Asia and Europe drop considerably.

Wouldn't matter so much if those didn't happen to be our major trading partners, but...


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Ultimate Geek

  #50363 30-Oct-2006 22:11
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Speedtest:  (NZ)

Download Speed: 1009 kbps (126.1 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 131 kbps (16.4 KB/sec transfer rate)

Tried your site too....  International

219.2 kilobits per second

-->  Now that you guys have mentioned it, there really is quite a marked difference between international speeds and local.  I'm on a 2Mbps/128kbps plan with Actrix, and since they have informed me that I could ony get about 49% of my plan speed, I didn't expect much, and a 1Mbps connection downstream is generally acceptable for me (barely).....

But once it goes on the "international hop", it's really hard to get above 300kbps downstream....  Esp around peak times......

Quite disappointing, really.  Why such a marked difference when it goes international?  It's barely 1/8 the supposed speed!

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  #50365 30-Oct-2006 22:18
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Also try Speedtest.

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  #50366 30-Oct-2006 22:20
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Here are 2 different results from both using different ISPs and methods of connection:

BCL Wireless / ICONZ (512kbps down/128kbps up)

Communications 390.9 kilobits per second
Storage 47.7 kilobytes per second
1MB file download 21.5 seconds
Subjective rating Not bad

ADSL / Paradise Net (7.6Mbps down / 704kbps up)

Communications 876.6 kilobits per second
Storage 107 kilobytes per second
1MB file download 9.6 seconds
Subjective rating Good

Both of these are much better than what KompKira reported at the beginning of this topic.

It looks like the various ISPs have different amounts of international bandwidth available to their customers, so choose your ISP carefully!


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Wannabe Geek

  #50367 30-Oct-2006 22:27
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so what's yours?

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  #50369 30-Oct-2006 22:29
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kompkira: so what's yours?

As above: ICONZ (at home) and Paradise (at the office)


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  #50373 30-Oct-2006 22:44
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juha: Also try Speedtest.

That's a cool Speed Tester!

I tried connecting to the Sydney server via the ADSL connection:

Download 934kbps / Upload 422kbps / Ping 239ms

The Wireless connection was much slower as expected but the Ping was only 131ms.

Here you can see the effect of Telecom's Interleaving policy on ADSL users:

An extra 108ms of lag which all Gamers and VoIP users could well do without Yell

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  #50374 31-Oct-2006 06:58
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You can only attribute about a third of that 108ms delay to interleaving.
AFAIK every box that your data goes through adds some delay.

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  #50375 31-Oct-2006 07:49
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Bung: You can only attribute about a third of that 108ms delay to interleaving.
AFAIK every box that your data goes through adds some delay.

Yep, that's about right...

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  #50392 31-Oct-2006 10:31
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hmmm......i am on ihug's 3.5mb 30gb plan and everything is fine for me.....i use to get 3300kbps speed test but cause of overloaded exchange i am getting 2700kbps speed test.....

bittorent = 350kbps

international http = 360kbps

national http = 370kbps

ping = 47ms (naional to xtra and recoil servers)

ping = 89ms (gamearena and internode servers) both australian

i dont mind it as long as my bittorent is cruising over 300kbps

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