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180m tests, 11m test runs, May-15

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Articles about Broadband Performance, latest at the top:

Monday, May 25, 2015
ISP Evening Performance down for all TrueNet Tests April results continue with the same pattern as March where peak evening performance was down from the previous long term trend. TrueNet measurements show reduced speed for file downloads from almost all locations we measure on some ISPs.  Increased time to download websites is now featuring strongly, supporting the probablility there is congestion in some networks.     April is worse than March, and we have yet to see whether this is the bottom of the cycle where investment in network capacity resolves congestion.  
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Video Download Comparison - Last 3 Months Netflix announced on March 3rd in Stuff that they were to launch Streaming Video services in New Zealand on the 24th March.  With such short notice, ISPs had little time to forecast accurately, and install sufficient supply to meet demand.   In April, Vodafone Cable, Orcon & Slingshot all show a reduction in performance, at the time Netflix videos launched mid March.  Our Youtube video download tests showed a significant drop in speed over that period.  Note, these slower speeds may still be sufficient to view any video without interruption, depending on the connection speed.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
TV Streaming Impacts ISP Performance? The market for television and movies on the Internet (Over-the-Top-Technology, or OTT) suddenly took off this year, and March appears to be the month that demand started to impact supply.     While Most ISPs would have increased capacity to prepare for the extra demand, it would appear the balance of supply and demand we have seen for many months is no longer present.  In March, both Vodafone and Slingshot had severe DSL performance reductions during the peak demand hours of 8pm to 10pm, while Snap and Spark also dropped significantly.    

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