Yet again a new month starts and the speed test results for the previous month are out. We have implemented a new ISP detection system (thanks Jeremy!) to reduce the amount of time spent auditing the results manually each month although teething troubles meant that we still had to spend the same time checking through various results for errors. As always, please remember that these results measure only the 512 Kbps product and smaller service providers may be excluded on the grounds they do not have enough tests to provide a meaningful comparison. Also, this speed tester only measures speed from end users' ADSL connections to ADSLguide so should be used in conjunction with other criteria such as ratings and comments from friends and colleagues.
Eclipse have still maintained their top position for a third month running with Nildram creeping up closer, only 3.8 Kbps behind them. A significant riser this month has been Virgin Net from its fifth position (434.3 Kbps) to third (446.3 Kbps), whilst BT Broadband has gone down from sixth (434.0 Kbps) to eighth position at 432.5 Kbps. Vispa and Clara.net are making a debut on the top-10 of the speed test having achieved the necessary number of tests and speed, although cutting it quite close in Vispa's case. Of the ISPs not quite making it into the top 10, Demon was in 11th position at 426.6 Kbps (220.2 Kbps upstream) and BT Openworld was in 12th position at 414.7 Kbps (225.2 Kbps upstream).
We were hoping to provide the results from more service providers, but we have not been able to verify the data in time. ISPs who have not yet provided us with their IP ranges should contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible as this will become mandatory in the near future and failure to do so may result in removal of your entry under our updated listing policy.
ISPs with a greater number of speed test results should be considered to be a more accurate representation of network performance. Do remember that speed is not everything--We would suggest users use our ISP Comparator which considers other factors such as reliability and customer service and to take advantage of our forums as well. To view a list of previous months results, click here.
More analysis to come... :) [seb]
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