RBI Spend Wasted?
There was no change in specific speeds in the three months including March, April & May 2016 in spite of 9 of our panelists who had their connections updated by the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI). Only one had a very minor change in performance.
Time of Day variations improved for all RBI funded DSL similar to that of Urban DSL seen in the May 2016 Urban report. Contention is almost completely absent in the rural RBI funded areas we test.
Another month of excellent copper connection performance by all ISPs that we measure, the best on record. This means that all major ISPs are delivering ADSL and VDSL evening speeds that are nearly equal to the speed achieved when there is no traffic - see Charts 8 & 9. Thats the equivalent of having all cars on a motorway doing 95-100km/h during the rush hour. Fantastic!
Trustpower performance improvement is impressive. After reporting their fibre performance for only 3 months, TrueNet's test results now show that Trustpower has removed all congestion. We report the combination of 50 and 100Mb/s products showing the variation by time of day, which this month is almost zero. See Chart 7A
We also see a major improvement in Vodafone speeds for 100Mb/s fibre, increasing from just 60Mb/s to a more regular 95Mb/s for most TrueNet panelists on Vodafone connections.
This month we compare webpage download speeds with those reported by the FCC (USA's equivalent of the Commerce Commission), who use nearly identical methods to TrueNet. In New Zealand, ISPs performance in copper delivery is far superior to that of their counterparts in the USA. The worst NZ ISP is well ahead of the best USA ISP for Time of Day performance.
In this quarter there is a trend for some ISPs to have exceptionally large latency. This is caused by the very long path that data is sent on its journey to Sydney or Melbourne from New Zealand (via Hong Kong, or LA); and from the UK to New Zealand (via Hong Kong, then USA). At present, traceroute monitoring from our panelist's connections show the problem lies with Vodafone and 2Degrees, with Voyager caught up in similar delays due to their use of Vodafone's international connections.