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#27291 21-Oct-2008 08:12
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The Commerce Commission has released the latest Epitiro report on the quality of broadband. 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/4733933a28.html

Consultancy Epitiro Technology measured the performance of broadband connections using computers connected to a dozen ISPs in 11 cities, running eight separate quality tests every 15 minutes.

New Zealand's broadband "quality index" rose 22 per cent in the June quarter to 2920, while Britain's fell 10 per cent to 2749, it said.

TelstraClear continued to offer the best service in Wellington and Christchurch through its cable network, but its wholesale service elsewhere rated below average. Orcon won top honours in Auckland.

Telecom improved its index rating 50 per cent and offered a better than average service in Auckland and Hamilton.

"The main trend evident in this quarter's report is the consistent improvement in the overall performance of the top five providers, particularly in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch," Epitiro said.

It put this down to investments in backhaul links and international capacity.

Has anybody noticed any improvement in their broadband? Particularly Telecom users?

Or are the ISPs simply tweaking their networks so that they get better Epitiro results?





 

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  #172434 21-Oct-2008 08:24
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I find Orcon to be a mixed bag.  Stunning download speeds from local sites (just under 900 kB/s), but sometimes very slow with high latency internationally.  LLU has helped local performance, but of course done nothing for international.  So I can see how their Epitiro rating could have improved in Auckland, but the user experience is really not much better.

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  #172454 21-Oct-2008 09:30
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I believe Telecom’s major improvement is because they have switched interleaving off in line with most other ISPs.

 
 
 
 


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  #172472 21-Oct-2008 10:56
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I have a feeling that this is more ISP's tweaking their network than actuall better speeds.

My utorrent logs show an average speed of 100kbs, later dropping to 25kbs, now to me this isn't world class. I could be wrong though.

And even if the speeds are "world class", the data caps most certanly are not.

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  #172485 21-Oct-2008 11:35
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NonprayingMantis: I believe Telecom’s major improvement is because they have switched interleaving off in line with most other ISPs.

But Orcon have reenabled it with LLU?  Anyone know why?




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  #172492 21-Oct-2008 12:04
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I have seen our Telecom broadband speed increase from 4500Kps - 5500Kps to 8000Kps - 10000Kps thats nearly double however thats only download. upload is really still low average 600Kps went to 800Kps would mind a faster upload as well as I submit a lot of forms online

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  #172497 21-Oct-2008 12:24
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Is this an improvement in Broadband or Epitiro?

I removed the client from my PC as it was recording results that didn't seem to correspond with real life. Apparently if the speedtest connection attempts to their server weren't successful the result from the previous connection was used again.

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  #172510 21-Oct-2008 13:10
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I've seen a marked improvement in both connection speed and Speedtest results on our Telecom broadband connection over about the last 5-6 months. Connection speed now up to 10415 Kbps, which is effectively double. Speedtest download from Auckland based server gone from around 3600 kbps to about 8100 kbps

 
 
 
 


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  #172573 21-Oct-2008 17:58
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They obviously don't measure international speeds (which are a far more appropriate measure of improvement)




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  #172577 21-Oct-2008 18:07
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NonprayingMantis: I believe Telecom’s major improvement is because they have switched interleaving off in line with most other ISPs.


They'll probably increase, with the new changes to the plans (moving to the full speed up/down profiles).




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  #172582 21-Oct-2008 18:27
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cokemaster: They'll probably increase, with the new changes to the plans (moving to the full speed up/down profiles).


Does anyone know whether changing to FS/FS requires an exchange visit? This was what I was told.

Seems very strange if the network isn't managed remotely.

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  #172593 21-Oct-2008 19:28
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Wouldn't require an exchange visit.




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  #172660 22-Oct-2008 01:49
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the only improvement i've noticed is from a new modem which syncs at a much better rate but d/l speeds internationaly haven't improved at all

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  #172824 22-Oct-2008 16:59
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Well over the years i haven't noticed any changes mabye a ping increase over the years i am a Xtra customer have been for 4 years + . Since i  changed to a fullspeed plan with interleaving off i have got much better results so with the option to turn interleaving off was only the main factor for me

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  #173104 23-Oct-2008 16:25
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goodie: I have a feeling that this is more ISP's tweaking their network than actuall better speeds.

My utorrent logs show an average speed of 100kbs, later dropping to 25kbs, now to me this isn't world class. I could be wrong though.

And even if the speeds are "world class", the data caps most certanly are not.

-Goodie



I would agree with the network tweaking or shaping.

Plus free off peak data has moved a lot of heavy users out or hours. Slingshot is one and Xnet as well? any others?

Slingshot is also killing download speeds for anything over 10mb in size, there are plenty of people posting comments and graphs about this online.

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  #173675 26-Oct-2008 10:56
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Well I'm getting 20Mbps Down / 1Mbps Up with Telecom and now my plan charge has been halved so I'm happy. 

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