Which ISP is Best for Online Gaming
The Latency Effect on Gaming
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.
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TrueNet compares prices for internet access on technologies offered in the last 12 months. We have discovered that there are three price markets across each major internet technology; a higher price where Trustpower sits at present; a midpoint price which includes all the major ISPs; and a low price market occupied by the sub-brands of major ISPs. Prices are highly volatile in the growing 100Mb/s Fibre market, but other markets have stable prices.
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.