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Something fishy going on here.
Are average speeds really a useful metric for FTTx?
Most users select a package for the best balance between speed, data and price. Most therefore probably do not select the fastest speed that the ISP may provide. This means that the large consumer ISPs (Webafrica, Mweb, Afrihost,...) will have many clients who are satisfied with a lower speed. Average speeds for them will therefore be significantly lower.
A test of how close speed tests are to the line limit would be a better indication of quality of service.
That's because its rubbish.
Speed test servers must be the most optimised unshaped connections in the country. For everything else the average ISP shapes the traffic aggressively. Even 'unshaped' should really be sold as "less shaped". My 50/5 fibre package usually reports around 52/4.95 on speed test but it's rare that I exceed 20M even when downloading something local.
But its fibre? There shouldnt be any factors that affect the speed like copper does.
Spot on. And how do you eliminate the ISPs own testing of their own Gig or 10Gig, etc. links?These results are a problem, since obviously the average download statistics are affected by the type of package that the ISP's customers use on average.
For example, Bitco and iConnect probably have a large number of corporate customers with 500mbps + packages, whereas the others have more consumer customers with packages varying between 40-80mbps.
Thus the more consumer oriented ISP's will never rate at the top, on average speeds. However are their networks any slower ? I think not.
Is there a system which can accurately test this?
Spot on. And how do you eliminate the ISPs own testing of their own Gig or 10Gig, etc. links?