So the Internet is under attack and the attack is being blamed for slow broadband speeds. The odd thing is that there seems to be very little sign of this from an analysis of the speed tests people are running on our site.

Analysis of last nine days of speed test results at thinkbroadband

Analysis of last nine days of speed test results at thinkbroadband

Of course it is possible that people may be finding some services or sites they access over the Internet are performing slower than usual, e.g. video streaming might be at a lower quality or exhibit more buffering, but there appears to be no evidence to say that UK broadband users have been slowed down across the board.

The numbers actually show a slight increase on Monday 25th March and Tuesday 26th March in the average speed for those days, but it looks to be in the normal range of variation we are seeing. For those who are looking closely at the graph, we can save you some trouble and say the daily average varied between 19.4 Mbps and 21.5 Mbps, which is substantially higher than the Ofcom average of 12 Mbps (but that figure is for tests between April and November 2012) so is likely to be higher as people are upgrading to faster services daily. Also it is possible ratio of speed testers does not fully reflect the spread of products across the UK, some more number crunching to weight the results for different products and providers may allow us to produce a figure that is representative of the UK market, and across a much broader product range than Ofcom can measure.

For those not used to seeing the range of UK broadband speeds, the notable points are clusters of results at 30 Mbps (Virgin Media XL 30 product), 37 Mbps (FTTC 40 Meg customers), you can also spot the 60 Mbps and a smaller number of 100 Mbps customers. The FTTC 80/20 service shows its throughput limit of 76 Mbps too.

 

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  1. […] “Of course it is possible that people may be finding some services or sites they access over the internet are performing slower than usual … but there appears to be no evidence to say that UK broadband users have been slowed down across the board,” it said on its blog. […]

  2. […] “Of course it is possible that people may be finding some services or sites they access over the internet are performing slower than usual … but there appears to be no evidence to say that UK broadband users have been slowed down across the board,” it said on its blog. […]

  3. Jacqui Smith on 31 Mar 2013

    Well that’s strange. The West Country, parts of Oxford and a few other areas lost all Broadband for almost 2 days.

  4. Jacqui Smith on 31 Mar 2013

    Well that’s unless it stopped completely. A sizable part of the country has not had any Broadband for almost 2 day the West Country, parts of Oxford and a few other places!

  5. andrew on 31 Mar 2013

    Over on our user forums no evidence of a widespread outage, and usually people go online one way or another.

    For total loss of Internet would require multiple fibre backbone networks to fail.

    Exchange level failures are more common, and BT issues Major Service Outage alerts for those, last lot appear to be Taunton on 29th and look to be fixed inside 24 hours.


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