There was a good discussion on Geekzone forums about the methodology used, and the location of these tests - all in the Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch CBD - impacting on results, making those not the "average kiwi broadband experience".
However, as explained by Antonios, Epitiro, the company performing the tests, requested a broadband connection like any other business would do, and got what they asked for. So no harm done, right?
But this survey was showing the business experience, not the average household broadband. Just today I received an e-mail from Epitiro, explaining some changes in the way they collect information, including a small client users can download to monitor their broadband connections, providing the company with real life information about the state of broadband in this country.
An excerpt from this e-mail:
• As from last week, we have added email round-trip time to our suite of tests. This adds an important extra dimension to the results we publish;
• We will shortly be adding P2P traffic measurement too. This will allow us to see which ISPs are shaping P2P traffic. Those results will be fascinating;
• By the end of 2007, we will have added eight more sites in the major cities, including sites in Hamilton and Dunedin for the first time;
• By the end of 2007, we will have launched a major campaign to encourage consumers to download our new measurement agent onto their PCs. This will provide us with a complete national coverage, with potentially thousands of measurement points nationwide. We'll be the first country in the world to have such a comprehensive system.
• This means that we will be able to measure the smaller ISPs, and provide regional performance breakdowns;
• With that service in place, we will also be able to track the performance of LLU v non-LLU exchanges.
Now this is going to be interesting! Measuring the P2P traffic and even e-mail?
Last week a friend sent me an e-mail from his Xtra account to my own hosted Exchange Server. He sent the e-mail at 4pm, and we met at 5:30pm. Even though he was just across the city, I only received the e-mail after our meeting - about 90 minutes to get the e-mail across!
Let's see these results...
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Microsoft Ignite New Zealand, Microsoft Surface Studio
Geekzone data analytics with Power BI
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