VDSL Performance Competes with Fibre
VDSL average speed continues to improve, it is now showing an average 9pm speed of 40Mb/s (up from 35Mb/s in October). This continues a trend for VDSL, now exceeding the base entry Fibre product (30Mb/s).
Speed of downloads from Sydney improved significantly since TrueNet discussed the impact of rampup on fast connections in the August report, see especially charts 8 and 8A in this report.
Fibre website download performance is not influenced by the service speed advertised for each Fibre product, so TrueNet is merging all fibre website download results for advertised products, and reporting by ISP only.
TrueNet is now funded for up to 25 MyRepublic Fibre panelists, this will enable regular reporting in future. We have insufficient panelists this month, so if you are able to assist please check out our FAQ here or volunteer here
Latency - or ping time - is often discussed on game site forums. High latency is the gamers enemy, where "lag" results in a noticeable delay between the action of the player and the reaction of the server in a video game. Lag may be caused by high latency, and in a fast paced game can ruin the experience for players.
Our Australian based TPG panelists lines on ADSL in Melbourne and Sydney are worse at downloading Australian websites than any NZ ISP we measure.
We are focussing this month a lot more on website download performance than speed. Speed is now sufficiently reliable in NZ that the total user experience is now the critical measure, and we are investigating more measurements to demonstrate the differences between ISPs.
The ADSL website performance range continues, with Slingshot panelists taking just over half the time of Vodafone panelists to download the NZ websites.
Please consider Volunteering as a panelist, we need more panelists - FAQ at truenet.nz/faq
ADSL and VDSL show a considerable spread in performance for NZ webpage download times, Vodafone ADSL takes twice as long as the best ADSL Slingshot, the worst VDSL Voyager takes almost twice as long as Spark. 73% of NZ households depend on ADSL to see their favourite websites.