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Craig Seeman
So what is the average internet speed?
on Jul 29, 2010 at 12:17:47 am

Every compressionist has to consider what they believe is the typical download speed of the targeted viewer in order to target a reasonable data rate.

Ookla, one of the industry standard speed test sites.
http://www.speedtest.net/
and pingtest sties
http://www.pingtest.net/

Has updated it's worldwide speed indexing metric site as noted in Wired magazine
http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/07/fastest-best-isps

According to the speed tests USA is 9.88Mbps down
http://www.netindex.com/download/2,1/United-States/

Judging from that you'd think we should all be encoding 2Mbps 1280x720p and be able to reach most people without issue.

Of course those motivated to measure their speeds may not be the ones stuck on slower DSL lines.



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Rich Rubasch
Re: So what is the average internet speed?
on Jul 29, 2010 at 2:32:25 am

For reliable Web delivery I am keeping total bitrate under 1200 Mbps. It depends slightly on what frame size a client's player is set for. We like to target a 640 x 360 frame to match You Tube. We are not delivering web progressive download frame sizes much larger than 640x 360.

I doubt most internet connections in and around Madison WI USA are over 5 meg download and 1 meg upload.

At work we have 25 meg download and 4 meg upload through Charter cable.

Rich Rubasch
Tilt Media Inc.
Video Production and Post
Owner/President/Editor/Designer/Animator
http://www.tiltmedia.com


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Craig Seeman
Re: So what is the average internet speed?
on Jul 29, 2010 at 3:16:07 pm

[Rich Rubasch] "I doubt most internet connections in and around Madison WI USA are over 5 meg download and 1 meg upload."

And I think the aforementioned site may overstate real averages. The ones motivated to run the tests are those who are speed conscious. Typically viewers may not have any idea their ISP isn't even close to promised speed and will often think the issue is with the file. It's best to error on the side of caution.

[Rich Rubasch] "At work we have 25 meg download and 4 meg upload through Charter cable."

I have 32mbps down and 5mbps up and I'm only on a "mid tier" for my provider. I get my rated speed. On the other hand I know people that are on the same tier and get less than 1/4 of the speed and may not even be aware they have a problem.

Also there's also the "household" issue. If a couple other people are using bandwidth at the same time a household with 3 people online and 5mbps may be very much divided.

I think your approach is wisely cautious.



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Keith Pratt
Re: So what is the average internet speed?
on Jul 29, 2010 at 2:17:18 pm

I've seen lots of different figures quoted for average connection speeds. Here are some more...


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Craig Seeman
Re: So what is the average internet speed?
on Jul 29, 2010 at 3:27:35 pm

Keep in mind that the numbers the BBC are referring to seem to be based on an annual report.

Netindex is monthly so may reflect technical improvements (or declines) more accurately.

Also methodology is important. How are the measurements being taken. Netindex is "self motivated" and that can create a bias in the results. Also I believe Netindex mentions a likely typical 300 mile proximity to the server test. A speed test to a server 50 miles away may be a lot higher than one 3000 miles away. With a global internet you have to account what your targeted viewer may experience over long distance.

Here's the Ofcom article from BBC which states 5.2mbps down
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-10760069

Here's Netindex for UK. 7.73mbps down and 950kbps up.
http://www.netindex.com/download/2,4/United-Kingdom/
Note they have breakdown by city as well as by ISP.



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Elijah Lynn
Re: So what is the average internet speed?
on Jul 30, 2010 at 1:42:22 am

Slightly offtopic but... I found speedtest.net to have unreliable test sites.

I dual test with it and http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest for an average, we just did a Livestream the other day and speedtest.net gave me some very misleading readings.


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Craig Seeman
Re: So what is the average internet speed?
on Jul 30, 2010 at 2:22:20 am

You're making an unsubstantiated statement.
Speedtest.net and Pingtest.net have become an industry standard for test support. In fact the FCC is using it to monitor whether companies providing 3G service are actually delivering speeds they promise. Livestream (the company) asks its users to run those tests to monitor their connections.

I've been running comparisons for upwards of 4 years before determining they are the most reliable. My own ISP will "jump" when I report issues with Speedtest documentation. If you report from any other test they will ask you to test using Speedtest.net. It's ability to target servers anywhere in the world (needed if you do long distance work) and their newly added Pingtest which reports on line conditions such as packet lost and jitter can't be matched by any other testing organization.



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vaishu sri
Re: So what is the average internet speed?
on Dec 28, 2010 at 4:40:03 am

hi..i usually tested my internet speed here http://www.ip-details.com/internet-speed-test/ .This is having the speed test checker.
My speed test results are,
Downloading speed -1.26Mbps
Uploading speed-0.59Mbps..


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