Afrihost uncapped, unshaped ADSL tested

Afrihost has recently moved their ADSL accounts to MTN’s network. We take an Afrihost business uncapped account for a spin to see how it performs.

By - November 7, 2012
Afrihost ADSL

Last week (25 October 2012) Afrihost slashed the price of its uncapped, unshaped business ADSL products. This followed a move of all of Afrihost’s ADSL customers from Internet Solutions’ network to MTN.

Afrihost said in a press statement that they have received “glowing reports” from their subscribers after the move, which showed that their new products offer faster speeds and more stable connections.

Many companies claim that their networks are very stable and provide great speeds, and MyBroadband set out to test Afrihost’s claims.

MyBroadband received a test account for Afrihost’s uncapped business ADSL service, and we put the service through its paces.

ADSL speed

MyBroadband performed web based speed tests – using MyBroadband’s speed tests and Speedtest.net – to see how Afrihost’s uncapped business ADSL accounts performed. The results were good.

Download speeds from South African servers were very consistent at around 3.5Mbps, while upload speeds to local servers did not deviate much from 0.43Mbps.

Afrihost SA speed test

Afrihost SA speed test

International download speeds were not as stable as the local performance, and ranged between 1Mbps and 2.5Mbps. International upload speeds were fairly consistent at around 0.4Mbps.

Afrihost international speed test

Afrihost international speed test

Unshaped testing

Afrihost claims that they provide unshaped bandwidth on their uncapped ADSL accounts, and this was tested using a popular torrent client and a few popular torrents. The results were impressive.

The download speed during business hours quickly rose to around 400KB per second (around 3.2Mbps) and did not often drop significantly below this level.

Afrihost torrent download speed

Afrihost torrent download speed

Latency

Latency on Afrihost’s business uncapped ADSL service was very good. Local pings to servers within a radius of 50km of the user typically ranged between 13ms and 20ms, while the ping time to Cape Town based servers (from Pretoria) averaged at around 40ms.

Afrihost SA latency

Afrihost SA latency

The average latency to the UK (bbc.co.uk) was around 250ms, while the ping time to the US based Chessclub.com was 270ms.

Afrihost international latency

Afrihost international latency

Afrihost’s uncapped business ADSL service made a very good first impression.

MyBroadband will continue to use this account in coming weeks to see if this strong performance continues.

Final note

MyBroadband has received numerous complaints from Afrihost subscribers about high latency, routing problems and slow speeds after its move to MTN.

Apart from a few momentary hiccups we have not experienced any of these problems on the Afrihost business uncapped service, but it is clear that these problems are impacting some Afrihost clients.

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