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Broadband Speeds ahead with New Technology


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2013-02-04

TrueNet's research uncovers the influence that new technology has on fixed line broadband in New Zealand with average speeds rising to a 6.5% increase on the same time last year. 

In January 2012, TrueNet was a new company measuring Broadband performance by placing probes (bridged routers) in volunteers’ homes and businesses. For more than a year these probes have measured hourly, the speed of their connection.  

The chart below shows that more than half of TrueNet's probes report speeds greater than 10Mbps.

The average peak connection speed of TrueNet’s fixed line probes in January 2013 was measured at 11.5Mbps. This compares favourably with the average 2012 speed of 10.8Mbps. The distribution of speeds shows that the major technology of ADSL2+ dominates performance in both years, but some distinct changes are happening. 

In 2012, there were more ADSL1 connections, partly due to older modems on volunteer's connections that were unable to take advantage of ADSL2+ capability. By 2013, TelstraClear had raised their Cable speed to a minimum of 15Mbps. This is shown in the chart above as a group between 15 and 20Mbps. 

VDSL was in very early use by a small number of volunteers in 2012, but by 2013 the number of VDSL probes had increased, along with new products - Fibre and 100Mbps Cable. TrueNet now has volunteers adopting the new technologies in greater numbers creating a long tail, out to 45Mbps (see chart above).

TrueNet’s latest research reveals that the adoption of faster technologies is having a positive affect on broadband speeds, with volunteers increasing migration to better technologies.

Glossary

NOTE: The data in the chart above is for speeds at 5am daily, representing the fastest speed each probe attains, and averaged using every day in each January. The test is a file download from TrueNet's test page; the same information used for our monthly report Time of Day results

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Details on how we measure are avalable on our Technical page

Speed - Throughput or the average peak connection speed achieved during our standard test downloading an image from our test servers.  TrueNet normally reports speed as a comparison at low vs high demand times to show any capacity constraints evident in speed performance, often called the Time of Day analysis.

Webpage Download - TrueNet maintains a Standard Testpage which is used for measuring the time to download the entire page.  This page is visible here, we use a copy located on our test servers for test downloads.

ISPs - TrueNet has probes measuring almost 20 ISPs but only reports on those where there are 5 or more probes working during any particular month.

ADSL, VDSL, DSL - the standard broadband service provided over a telephone line,  VDSL is a faster version than ADSL.  They use similar technology and backhaul, so sometimes DSL is used when referring to both.

Unlimited - A service where there is no monthly limit on the amount of data used.  Specifications for this service include that it may be "Managed" and have "performance reductions applied during peak demand periods".

DSLAM - the exchange or cabinet based equipment that your modem is connected to, over the pair of copper wires that are exclusively allocated to your premises.

Ethernet - The wiring used to connect computers to a network, typically an Ethernet cable is coloured (often blue), with small square connectors at each end.

 


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