Are you suggesting that Telstra are the fastest just because they fudge the figures and Vodafone have been in the back water because they just don't bother?
Actually, I'm saying that TCL is probably performing better because they have more aggressive caching than Vodafone, or that Vodafone actually provides a connection without a transparent proxy. It could also be that TCL's cable subscribers are all located close to the same cache, increasing the cache hit rate. Without the ability to analyse the methodology, we can make no conclusions. Shifting to https would result in more of an end-to-end test, but then it would be subject to preferential QoS if it didn't go to normal high traffic sites.
Is this information being used by consumers to make provider choices? Or is it mainly being used by industry guys to help build business cases to get better get in to the network or the likes of Telecom to sell more capacity to slower providers?
If it wasn't important to consumers, you wouldn't have seen a billboard advertising the results. :)
If it's consumers, then yes, I can see a point for not having the figures fudged... but who would fudge it anyway that we wouldn't eventually notice and start posting on GZ naming names? Just look at the long thread about the Telstra link to the US last month as an example.
Well, prior to that thread, I just assumed that TCL was shaping as a matter of policy. Now we know that it's a fault, but a fault with an upstream provider, who is shaping as a matter of policy. :)
They'll definitely do it. Heck, I would do it! It will provide a temporary advantage for a couple of years (until everyone installs a cache), but that's long enough to make a tonne of cash. I don't see any legal repercussions - they're reporting the results, but they don't validate the results, nor guarantee that they are representative. That's the tester's role.
I have personal experience with dodgy carriers, and the games they play. Not NZ, but overseas.
So, yes, they will do that sort of thing. It had no effect on NVidia's or ATI's sales when they were caught. :)