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Fastest ISPs for Web Page Downloads

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Fastest ISPs for Web Page Downloads

2011-08-25

ISP Ranking for Webpage Downloads - TelstraClear Cable is the winner

Have you ever wondered why some websites take a long time to appear on your computer?

TrueNet testing shows the variance between ISPs of webpage download times is very large. Top-ranked TelstraClear provides page downloads of under 0.2 seconds, while bottom-ranked Vodafone is over 10 times longer at 2.5 seconds.

TrueNet measured and ranked ISPs for webpage downloads:

ISP Ranking

ISPTime to Download the TrueNet Dummy Webpage
TelstraClear0.2 seconds
Xtra0.3 seconds
Slingshot0.5 seconds
Orcon0.8 seconds
Other1.3 seconds
Snap1.6 seconds
WorldxChange2.2 seconds
Vodafone2.5 seconds

TrueNet analysed 25,000 webpage downloads from our fixed line broadband measurement probes in August. The tests download a dummy webpage which is located on servers at Trademe, a site that ought to be well serviced by all ISPs. The dummy webpage is representative of the average size of the home pages of the top ten websites in New Zealand - as measured by Hitwise. The webpage can be seen on TrueNet's website here.

Our results show that TelstraClear's cable services out-performed all other ISPs. TelstraClear's DSL services performed similarly to their cable services, but due to a small sample size we have not included TelstraClear DSL in the overall ranking.

Why such divergence in performance?

Our testing showed packet loss on some probes. This suggests network congestion is being managed, resulting in delays in the download of our webpage. This packet loss is evident on almost 40% of TrueNet probes at different locations and on multiple ISPs.

Comprehensive testing isn't possible with ISPs where we have less than 5 probes. "Other" includes Actrix, Maxnet, Vibe, Linktel and FXNetworks. We welcome new volunteers from these ISPs.


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