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Topic # 99124 13-Mar-2012 08:59
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Just received from Truenet:




TrueNet measures the time taken to download a webpage from our NZ based servers to our probes throughout NZ.  Those ISPs with consistently quick load times take the lead in our ISP performance measurement.

Note the webpage download chart below shows the time taken to download a page, so the best is the least time taken and is at the bottom of the chart.  

Best practice is now being achieved by three ISPs:TelstraClear DSL,  Vodafone & Telecom.  Snap is continuing to be the slowest.  This month Slingshot had some issues affecting many of their probes, resulting in a sudden slow down in their performance.  Probes connected to Orcon have reduced performance again. ISPs that were equal to Orcon in November and December have maintained their peformance, and are now well ahead.  

TelstraClear Cable in Wellington & Christchurch is significantly better at downloading our test webpage than all other ISPs. Their network has been stable, and consistently faster than all others since TrueNet first began its testing regime.

For ADSL the best speed is mostly dependent on the distance between your modem and the exchange equipment, ISPs cannot change this factor, so TrueNet does not compare absolute speeds.  During the peak usage period each evening however, congestion can cause broadband speeds to slow down, so we compare ISPs on their ability to maintain speeds at their best during this busy period.

We measure the speed at which a single file downloads, each hour, from every probe, then average out all the results for each hour for every day in the month for each ISP. These time based measurements are demonstrated in the results below.

This month Vodafone & Telecom achieved the most consistent rankings, with both maintaining average performance at better than 95% of their best.  Snap was almost as good, maintaining 94% after last month being on a par with Telecom.  The worst performers are far behind with one ISP showing the average speed slowing to less than 80% of their peak speed, suggesting severe congestion.
 

As usual, I recommend people consider joining Truenet to help collecting data for these reports.

 

 




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  Reply # 594460 13-Mar-2012 09:05
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I'm sure Jpohn will come on here to comment, so here is a question for when he does

John, how come with the webpage download chart you name the poorly performing ISPs as well as the good ones, but on the 'time of day' one (in the link) you only name the ones who performed well?

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  Reply # 594488 13-Mar-2012 10:12
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NonprayingMantis: I'm sure Jpohn will come on here to comment, so here is a question for when he does

John, how come with the webpage download chart you name the poorly performing ISPs as well as the good ones, but on the 'time of day' one (in the link) you only name the ones who performed well?


Yeah what's the point of making it public if you're going to hide who the ISP's are.. and why 10 ISP's on the 2nd chart and only 8 on the first.  Either you have enough measurements/samples for an ISP to include them or you don't?

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 594494 13-Mar-2012 10:52
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What's goign wrong Snap?




this is a slap in the face!

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  Reply # 594497 13-Mar-2012 11:04
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I'll agree with the drop at Slingshot also, it has def slowed down a bit lately

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  Reply # 594507 13-Mar-2012 11:28
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Hands up who thinks web performance to a small number of sites (maybe even one) remans a good indicator of general user experience...

Now if your hand is up, please consider the impact of CDNs and Caching - and know that large ISPs may have multiple CDNs in multiple locations - or distributed caching topologies.

I think there is definitely value in the Truenet data, and I applaud them for the investment and making the results available, but caution people from reading too much into it.

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  Reply # 594563 13-Mar-2012 14:12
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The saying goes something like "lies, damn lies, and statistics"? There are merits in these reports, however, i wish they could include video streaming, online gaming performance, social networking etc.., in their tests as they are a part of general internet usage these days.

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  Reply # 594892 14-Mar-2012 03:03
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Talkiet: Hands up who thinks web performance to a small number of sites (maybe even one) remans a good indicator of general user experience...



Pretty sure the NZ webpage download test is still just a test to trademe. The good thing about that is every ISP should have a vested interest in having good performance to the #1 domestic/local website.

However iirc Trademe uses multiple data centres, one in Auckland and one in Wellington, could skew the results somewhat depending on regional breakdown of testers per ISP.

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  Reply # 594926 14-Mar-2012 08:30
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Ragnor:
Talkiet: Hands up who thinks web performance to a small number of sites (maybe even one) remans a good indicator of general user experience...



Pretty sure the NZ webpage download test is still just a test to trademe. The good thing about that is every ISP should have a vested interest in having good performance to the #1 domestic/local website.

However iirc Trademe uses multiple data centres, one in Auckland and one in Wellington, could skew the results somewhat depending on regional breakdown of testers per ISP.


I don't think TN uses Trade Me any longer.

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