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# 41368 14-Sep-2009 21:41
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Look at some of the countries in the top 14!   Moldova, one of the poorest countries in the World, beats us hands down it seems.   

Top Countries by Download Speed

    * 1.21.31 Mb/s Korea, Republic of
    * 2.15.85 Mb/s Japan
    * 3.15.31 Mb/s Aland Islands
    * 4.13.25 Mb/s Lithuania
    * 5.13.13 Mb/s Sweden
    * 6.13.04 Mb/s Latvia
    * 7.12.61 Mb/s Romania
    * 8.11.98 Mb/s Netherlands
    * 9.11.84 Mb/s Bulgaria
    * 10.9.78 Mb/s Moldova, Republic of
    * 11.9.42 Mb/s Hong Kong
    * 12.8.71 Mb/s Slovakia
    * 13.8.48 Mb/s Germany
    * 14.8.37 Mb/s Portugal
    * 48.4.10 Mb/s New Zealand

Top Countries by Upload Speed

    * 1.8.88 Mb/s Lithuania
    * 2.7.10 Mb/s Japan
    * 3.5.54 Mb/s Bulgaria
    * 4.5.31 Mb/s Aland Islands
    * 5.5.19 Mb/s Latvia
    * 6.4.96 Mb/s Hong Kong
    * 7.4.93 Mb/s Romania
    * 8.4.68 Mb/s Russian Federation
    * 9.4.65 Mb/s Sweden
    * 10.4.47 Mb/s Slovenia
    * 11.3.77 Mb/s Andorra
    * 12.3.62 Mb/s Moldova, Republic of
    * 13.3.18 Mb/s Netherlands
    * 14.3.03 Mb/s Asia/Pacific Region
    * 49.0.77 Mb/s New Z

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  # 255787 15-Sep-2009 06:58
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Hello!

Do you have a source (original link) for this information?

Also, you might want to edit the formatting of your numbers: 8.11.98 isn't really a valid number. A space after the 'position' would greatly help to improve readability.



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  # 255790 15-Sep-2009 07:23
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My internet works fine for me no issues with speed

 
 
 
 


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  # 255793 15-Sep-2009 07:39
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Are you aware of what the service actually measures, and that it has no place in measuring the accurate performance of broadband connections in this country?









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  # 255897 15-Sep-2009 16:17
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Yes, sorry about formatting. I found this on the speedtest.net 'world' page that gets presented after the first test you do. Sorry, I don't know the validity of the methodology, but it would seem being at the top of the table would be better than languishing at 48th!!

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  # 255898 15-Sep-2009 16:20
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this is the link, since mr OP decided not to bother providing it.

https://www.speedtest.net/global.php

as for Moldova, their result is probably skewed somewhat by this recent development

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moldova#Telecommunications

In September 2009, Moldova was the first country in the world to launch high-definition voice services (HD voice) for mobile phones, and the first country in Europe to launch 14,4 Mbps mobile broadband at a national scale, with over 40% population coverage






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  # 255908 15-Sep-2009 16:59
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http://www.speedmatters.org/content/resources

On this page there is a link to a pdf 18mb file which analyses download speeds for the USA compared to other countries. This report is generally in line with the speedtest.net results. The report mentions that the speedtest.net results are more 'real world' stats. than those produced by the OECD which only use stats. supplied by ISPs.

Could all these figures mean that NZ has improved its internet somewhat, but other countries are improving faster than us??

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  # 255982 16-Sep-2009 00:49
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Could all these figures mean that NZ has improved its internet somewhat, but other countries are improving faster than us??


Well unfortunatly it varies vastly between ISP, over here you have to pay that little more to get decent ISP/performance and most people are not willing to do that. Without stirring up a huge debate about why, i believe its safe to say that although the NZ average speed seems low, overall performance is not that bad.

The upload speed on the other hand are poor.

 
 
 
 


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  # 255988 16-Sep-2009 05:49
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Like I've said on the subject before.

You need to understand that between us and most of the servers we access there is an entire Ocean in the way in every direction we can take to get to a server. Any server we need to access is going to be a fair distance away for data to travel down.

Until you can find a study that takes that into account when making it's comparison I'm afraid we're going to look bad on any 1-10 bestest countries for internet speeds.

At least we're ahead of some places in Africa where one ISP timed that it was quicker to send a message by Carrier Pigeon (I kid ye not) then to send a file via the internet. If you're interested I'm sure I can find a link for ye :)




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  # 256013 16-Sep-2009 08:58
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Here ( http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/09/10/pigeon_v_broadband/ ) is one of the many links to the carrier pigeon story. This happened in South Africa just a few days ago.

However, considering that USB devices can now hold a whole lot of data, it's not surprising, if you think about it. They 'transmitted' 4 GB of data in 2 hours with that pigeon. You'd need sustained speeds of more than 4 MBit/s to beat that.

On the other hand, the statement that only 4% of the data had been transferred via the Internet in those 2 hours is a bit damning. That's just 170 KBit/s. Well, when I was young we had 33 KBit/s and if lucky maybe 56 KBit/s.

So stop your complaining! Get off my lawn... :-)



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  # 256019 16-Sep-2009 09:15
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Hi, I have to agree that speedtest.net has a flawed methodology that makes those results irrelivent.

As for Moldova, somewhere that I have travelled to for work several times and stayed for many weeks at a time.

Pretty much 75% of the population lives in Chishinau the capital. This is a city that typical with many of the old Soviet cities houses the majority of the populous in vast high rise buildings. Over 60% of the city is covered by FTTB with standard ethernet connections to each apartment. The most common internet plans I used maxed out around 5Mb/s but I understood from work colleagues (that work in the IT area) that plans up to 15Mb/s were available.

ADSL 1 and 2+ are common throughout the city and most of the country side (farming and vinyards are the main stay of the economy), which is about the size of the Waikato/BOP (33,000kmsq as I remember) that is used by most other folk.

As with other European countries (East and West) the latency to the rest of Europe and the US is only something we can dream of.

Cyril

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  # 256280 16-Sep-2009 21:00
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honem: Like I've said on the subject before.

You need to understand that between us and most of the servers we access there is an entire Ocean in the way in every direction we can take to get to a server. Any server we need to access is going to be a fair distance away for data to travel down.

Until you can find a study that takes that into account when making it's comparison I'm afraid we're going to look bad on any 1-10 bestest countries for internet speeds.


Speedtest.net not only has a number of servers in NZ, but centers on it in the map when you open the site (if you're here), and makes one of the NZ servers the default/preferred. I would say most of the NZ tests are done within NZ, which makes the "we're in the middle of nowhere" argument moot.

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