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Re: [LUG] Fwd: UK 'misled' on broadband speeds


On 27/07/10 14:09, Julian Hall wrote:
On 27/07/2010 13:14, James Andrews wrote:
So the Internet has no "speed" that anyone can measure in bps

No, but the point is - whatever your method of measuring speed - that if
your initial connection is slow you cannot tx/rx data fast regardless of
any external conditions. A mythical condition could exist where every
external connection is 1000Gb[1], but it your connection is 1Gb (1000
times slower) that's all you're going to get, and that is where the UK
system is failing consumers. More like BroadBLAND Britain than Broadband.


[1] Or however you choose to measure it

Or on the other hand, your connection could be reasonably quick and the other end could be slow, or have a bottleneck.

For instance I'm on Virgin 20Mbit broadband, I regularly get the full 20Mbit/sec from some hosts, but other hosts I can be limited to something like 300Kbit/sec. I only tend to find this with smaller sites, possibly hosted on the other side of the globe. The big sites such as Microsoft (yes I know!) I get the full 20Mbit.

So it's not all down to the connection at the premises, it's also the connections to servers wherever they may be.


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