NZ Broadband speeds increasing – TrueNet

On the same day that the US Federal Communications Commission has reportedly raised the basic definition for ‘broadband’ to a minimum download speed of 10Mbps, and 1Mbps on the uplink, TrueNet have come out with the news that the average NZ broadband speed increased 34% over the previous 12 months.  They are now seeing an average download speed of 14 Mbps, up from just over the magic (according to the FCC) number of 10 Mbps a year ago.

TrueNet believe that with the recent publication of Chorus customer numbers for each technology; the published data from MBIE on total fibre connections; combined with total market share of each ISP, they now have a reliable NZ wide speed calculation.  TrueNet is now taking broadband speed recordings from over 450 panelists throughout New Zealand, testing the speed every hour.

They put the increase in speed down to the increasing demand in the last 12 months for VDSL (Very-fast DSL) and Fibre connections.  Prior to a year ago, their average measure had been stuck at 9 Mbps since they had sufficient panelists in March 2012.

According to TrueNet, in 2012, all connections were either ADSL or 15Mb/s Cable.  This has now changed with the options of:

  • Fibre was first offered as 30 or 100Mb/s, and is now available at speeds up to 1000Mb/s. The increasing  number of users with higher speeds are increasing, enabling the average to reach 43Mb/s.
  • Cable products included 25Mb/s, then later 100Mb/s, and now 130Mb/s.  They believe the distribution of products sold now average speeds of 37Mb/s.
  • VDSL is able to achieve speeds much faster than ADSL, and is now averaging 24Mb/s.
  • ADSL continues to average 10Mb/s.

They are still seeing a drop in performance at peak hours of 8-10pm but at that time the improvement in speed is still high at 31%.

To see more details go to their website HERE.

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