Oct 18

Data speeds: how telcos are throttling back your mobile after 40GB of mobile data. Everything you need to know about the impacts.

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How much faster could your business go?


Back in March, Pat Pilcher from iStart wrote a really good article on how Kiwis lag behind Aussies with 5G, which introduces faster and more data to more devices.


5G presents a new standard that requires mobile carriers to cater to a minimum of one million connected devices per sq km.




There is a good reason why Kiwi business owners should pay attention to what Pat Pilcher is saying:

...when you combine the right data speeds with remote team collaboration, your business could massively accelerate employee workflows and productivity.



One of the reasons that we are not too excited by Blockchain, iOT and 5G in respect of New Zealand, is due to the poor mobile plans and low bandwidth available. Our mobiles are being throttled back after what is being cited as a very low amount of data for modern mobility.


With the advent of iPhone 11 max Pro, we now have 4K video quality available, HOWEVER we don't have WiFi networks widely available or accessible to mobile data.


Our telecommunications vendors grossly underestimate the daily data need and 'throttling back' productivity in New Zealand will have a significant impact on the capacity for businesses to trade with each other and to compete internationally.


Networks are reducing download speeds to 1.5mpbs, which is a speed at which very few functions on a mobile device will actually work. In fact at these speeds, your mobile will become almost entirely inoperable.



It is our view that both the Australian and New Zealand governments need to step up to demand a new minimum standard of 25mpbs from service providers who operate internet and mobile services. Below we list the minimum standards needed for practical mobile daily use, revealing evidence that 1.5mpbs is not only not enough, devices just won't function.



How fast are you really going?

Take a speed test:








Higher numbers of mobiles are being used as the primary interface for remote collaboration.


User habits are changing with the mobility of collaboration,

but the data networks have not maintained their pace.


WiFi network sharing does not work geographically and is purely aspirational,

not functional.

Notwithstanding, that buildings in major cities deflect signals

and can put off GPS Geo location signals quite significantly.



Thanks to allconnect for the reference data below - which we have condensed for a quick read.


What internet speed do you need?



In USA the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recommends internet speeds of 12-25 Mbps for families with multiple internet users or for frequent online streaming.

What is a fast internet speed?

The FCC has defined broadband, or fast internet, as internet with download speeds of at least 25 Mbps and upload speeds of at least 3 Mbps since 2015.  Download speeds of at least 25 Mbps accommodate many families’ needs, but the best download speeds and upload speeds for you depend on how you use the internet at home. More than 90% of Allconnect readers who took our internet speed quiz stream TV daily, and more than 25% stream Ultra HD daily, which means fast internet speeds to them are closer to 100 Mbps.

What is the fastest home internet speed?

The current fastest home internet speed is 2,000 Mbps, or 2 Gbps, and is offered by Xfinity in select areas.


How do you figure out your current internet speed?

You can measure your current internet speed by taking an online speed test on a computer that’s connected to your home Wi-Fi. Many internet speed tests also tell you your ping time and differentiate your connection’s upload and download speeds.



What internet speed do you need for Netflix?


- 0.3 GB per hour per device.


- SD: 0.7 GB per hour per device.


- Best video quality, up to 3 GB per hour per device for HD, and 7 GB per hour per device for Ultra HD.


- Adjusts automatically to deliver the highest possible quality, based on your current internet connection speed.



Best internet speeds for streaming

In general, to stream most videos in standard definition, you’ll need internet speeds of at least 3 Mbps. You need at least 25 Mbps for 4K streaming video on your computer or Ultra HD enabled devices. Some streaming services suggest faster speeds, such as Fubo TV which suggests minimum speeds of 40 Mbps.

For instance, the minimum internet speed recommended for streaming Netflix is 3 Mbps, but recommended speeds vary by the quality you want to view.


To stream videos in standard definition, at least 3 Mbps is recommended.


To stream videos in HD, at least 5 Mbps is recommended.


To stream videos in HDR or 4K, at least 25 Mbps is recommended.


In contrast, for the best video quality, Hulu recommends 3 Mbps for on-demand viewing and 8 Mbps for Live TV viewing.

Best internet speeds for gaming

You need minimum speeds of 4-8 Mbps to game online, but for a consistently good gaming experience, 10-25 Mbps tend to be best. As you search for the best internet for gaming, keep in mind that download speed isn’t the only factor in a good gaming experience.

Speed is important because it’s how quickly your device transfers information from the gaming server. However, ping time and latency also matter.


Best internet speeds for working from home

The best internet speed for working from home depends on what kind of work you do. If you frequently download and upload large files, internet speeds of at least 40 Mbps are recommended.

Email and basic computer programs: 3-4 Mbps is recommendedSkype group video calls: 10+ Mbps is recommendedLarge file transfers: 40+ Mbps is recommended


Internet speed terms

What is ping?

A ping is a test that figures out if a server is reachable. The ping is done by sending a data packet to the server to see if the data comes back. If so, the server is reachable.


What is ping time?

Ping time is the responsiveness of your connection, or how fast that data packet travels to the server and back. Ping time is measured in milliseconds. If your connection doesn’t register the data request for a couple of seconds, you may still see a lag in your game, file upload, online submission or other activity.


What is latency?

Latency is how fast data transfers between a source and its destination — basically a delay of information communication. For instance, if you’re in the U.S. playing a game with a server in China, you will have a higher latency than someone playing the same game in China.


What is Mbps?

Mbps is how internet speeds are gauged and it means “megabits per second.” It measures the bandwidth of an internet connection — how much data can be transferred each second.


What is the difference between download and upload speeds?

Download speed is how fast your internet connection can transfer data from a server to you. Download speeds are important for downloading files, loading a website, streaming a video or streaming music. Upload speed is how fast your internet connection can transfer your data to a server. Upload speeds are important for sending emails, sending files to other people, live video chats and gaming.

It's amazing how such a necessity for 21st century business is treated as a luxury by telcos.

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