It has become a very popular thing now for subscribers to link up to Speedtest.net and then start hammering their providers for speeds.
Speedtest.net is a great Java tool designed to measure the balance of your speed. It cannot measure your actual speed for a number of reasons.
When you get a 3G / LTE dongle from Vodacom. They tell you it can do speeds up to 40Mbps. That’s why we buy it. However, its never ever achieves that, due to these factors above. Vodacom and Telkom are far bigger companies than Vlocity, and far more capable of delivering cheap fast services, yet they don’t, that’s because they face the same challenges we do. A Telkom 4Mb ADSL runs on average between 1 and 2, depending on your area and the amount of subscribers in the area. No one buys exclusive 1 on 1 internet as a cheap home broadband service. Its impossible. Not with the present costs to connect to the internet as we know it i.e. Europe and America.
Sure internet is fast and cheap overseas. That’s because the vast majority of the internet exists there locally. Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook all have local cheap breakout in Europe and America. For us to reach the “Internet” we have to pay for massive undersea cables and go around Africa via the Mediterranean. Unfortunately that’s not free. Foreigners come to our country and complain bitterly about slow speeds, only because they have to connect 100 times the distance to get to their usual sites. Go to Europe and browse our south African servers, its also slow and expensive.
Moves are now afoot for these large companies to create their own African Presence. i.e. they will pay for the fiber links to South Africa, and provide us with faster cheaper Peering Points. Example Netflix. They are coming to South Africa. So that means cheaper faster access to Netflix. But guess what. They have regional limitations. So you will get the name here, but older product they cant sell overseas. So we are back to square one. If we want fast current Netflix, we will pay a premium to have good international feeds.
Telkoms Hi Speed Fiber tot he home. 100 Mb speed etc. Ask the question, whats the international speeds like. See if you can get an answer. Its easy to sell 100Mb in south Africa, on our own network, but the cost via Seacom, over R300 000 per month for dedicated 150Mb links. So be carefull what is promised and what is actually delivered. If the majority of your internet requires local access, then sure. But check first that the network (LAN) you use can actually get to those speeds as well.