This is going to be a tough article for people in the United Kingdom to read because let’s be honest, our ISP’s generally suck. Even the fastest quoted ISP’s such as Virgin Media incorporate hideous packet shaping during the evenings, which can reduce glorious 50mbit lines down to 3-5mbit in the space of a few minutes.
Many of the problems in the UK revolve around ISP’s over subscribing their services to make the maximum profit, then shaping the bandwidth during peak times to ensure that their networks deliver something to everyone.
Netflix have just listed the fastest American ISP’s and Rogers comes out on top with Telus at the bottom.
Ken Florance, director of content delivery at Netflix said “We find ourselves in the unique position of having insight into the performance of hundreds of millions of long duration, high-definition video streams delivered over the Internet.
As we use a number of CDNs, and our clients can adapt to changing network conditions by selecting the network path that’s currently giving them the best throughput, Netflix streaming performance ends up being an interesting way to measure sustained throughput available from a given ISP over time, and therefore the quality of Netflix streaming that ISP is providing to our subscribers. Obviously, this can vary by network technology (e.g. DSL, Cable), region, etc., but it’s a great high-level view of Netflix performance across a large number of individual streaming sessions.”
KitGuru says: What ISP do you use? are you happy? We can bet if you are in the UK that you will have a complaint on some level.