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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.
The continuing development of internet connections in the latest quarter has seen consistent improvements in performance. The Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) is growing by about 7% per quarter, these improvements are from wireless connections over Vodafone's 4G mobile links or Chorus' fibre to rural cabinets.
This quarter, Wireless RBI performance has reduced in the evening busy hour, but with higher speeds, this may not be noticeable.
November performance for rural technologies is similar to our Urban report with a great perfomance all round for those areas where the Government's Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) has resulted in upgrades.
TrueNet is pleased to see that publishing performance measures has also impacted the Rural market.
Many ISPs are now showing signs of congestion in their fibre products. Only Spark was immune in August 2015. Early users of Fibre connections (supplied via the Ultra Fast Broadband rollout sponsored by Government) found that their usage was consistently close to full speed at all times of day, despite the product being sold as delivering "up to" the speed they bought. Now that demand is growing and many connections are sharing the same backhaul, congestion is reducing speeds in the evenings on many ISPs networks. Chart 7 shows the impact.
Vodafone Cable has a similar network structure to Fibre, where all users share a backhaul from a local node. Vodafone Cable continued to have serious congestion in the evenings right throughout August after having insufficient capacity to support the major increase in on-line video that started with Netflix launch in March.
New Zealand data use soared immediately Netflix launched in mid March 2015, according to Spark, and over the next two months there was not enough capacity for supply to meet demand on some ISPs connections we monitor. But by May the shortfall in supply was mostly satisfied, just a month and a half after the NetFlix launch, demonstrating the highly competitive nature of the ISP market in New Zealand.
Rural Broadband is reported this month with a fresh look at Satellite which, despite high latency, manages to achieve website downloads competitive with ADSL.
The Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) funded by Government is having an immense impact, halving download times for upgraded connections, but still not as good as urban broadband.
Older rural ADSL connections take more than twice as long to load webpages than RBI upgraded connections, and approaching 3 times that of Urban services.
TrueNet's quarterly Rural Broadband report shows a big mismatch between standard rural and urban ADSL. In November, Panelists with Rural ADSL took twice as long to load our group of Live Webpages compared to Urban ADSL Panelists.
TrueNet measures broadband in both urban and rural locations. Standard (Full Speed) Rural ADSL speed performance has declined in the last 2.5 years while at the same time Urban ADSL performance has increased markedly.
Rural broadband users see their speed drop in the evenings to just 82% of the speed the connection is capable of. This will often mean websites do not download, files take a long time to appear, or even fail to be delivered due to timeouts.