I know this isn’t the usual type of post I usually put on here, and I’m also aware I’ve been neglecting this recently. A lot. I know – I’m working on that! But anyway.
I was recently linked to an infographic with regards to a study on global internet speeds – where’s fastest, cheapest, best bang-for-your-buck, etc etc. Sure, there’s loads of these around, but it’s always interesting to participate in them, learn about what these various infographics are saying, and compare them. Also, some of the statistics they use to compare country to country can sometimes be astonishing.
Here’s the infographic I was linked to originally;
For a while now, I’ve been participating in a global speed-test/quality study, run by SamKnows. It basically consists of a “white box” attached to your home network which runs speed tests every so often, and reports on it live in a provided dashboard, and monthly by email. The “white box” is simply a TP-Link wireless router with custom firmware – nothing special. This was the report I got through my email today;
Coupled with a speedtest.net test I ran a little earlier on an un-loaded line:
It comes in pretty much on the money. The only downside to this is that my line is *rated* at 80mbit – BT’s Infinity2 product. Now, I have some technical reasons as to why I’m not getting the full 80mbit (or nowhere near it for that matter – line length mainly, doesn’t play very well with VDSL2), so these results can’t really be used to slate BT’s internet service. The 45mbit or so that I get (bear in mind I’m also running a business-grade line), is top quality, and BT’s engineers are all over it when something goes wrong. What I do detest though is the so-called “up-to” adverts. “LOOK! YOU CAN GET THIS AMAZING 20/24/40/80MBIT SERVICE FOR A SILLY CHEAP PRICE (maybe)”.
Or “unlimited” and “Fair Usage Policies”. Don’t even get me started.
What are your experiences? Post some speed tests in the comments and tell us what speed service you were actually sold. Do you ever get anywhere near your stated line speed? What I’m also interested to know is how much does this differ on cable-based services? Having never lived in a cable area, I’m a bit oblivious to the technology behind it. Let us know!