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Wednesday, 06 October 2010 13:29

Rate the cost and quality of your broadband against the world's best, with Ookla

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Ookla, the company behind Speedtest.net and NetIndex.com, has launched two new indices on Net Index that show the relative costs of broadband services worldwide, on a per Mbps basis, and how close delivered bandwidth approaches promised bandwidth.

"The new data integrated into Net Index gives the world access to information that has never been made public before," said Mike Apgar, co-founder and managing partner of Ookla. "For the first time ever, you can directly evaluate the cost of broadband around the world, or in your area, and see exactly how well the providers in those areas are fulfilling their promises to end-users."

The new Household Value Index (http://www.netindex.com/) provides global data and country specific data and enables users to retrieve data for their own location. It also attempts to show the relative cost of broadband in various countries by using GDP per capita as a proxy for average income.

The Household Value Index shows the global cost of broadband at $US4.36 per Mbps, with the top five countries in terms of relative cost of broadband being Luxembourg, United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway and Denmark - the United States ranked 20th in the raw cost of services, but 12th at 1.21 percent of GDP per capita or $US46.75/month. Australia ranked 26th in cost per Mbps, but 22nd when taking into account GDP per capita.

The 'Household Promise Index' shows the median ratio of actual download speed to the download speed subscribed to (promised speed), allowing consumers to judge the ability of service providers to meet expectations. Ookla says these data are based on hundreds of thousands of recent survey and test results from Speedtest.net.

The Promise Index shows that, globally, providers are delivering on average 87.25 percent of promised service speeds, with APEC at 85.67 percent, the EU at 84.83 percent, the OECD at 83.24 percent and the G8 at 80.28 percent. Australian ISPs did not excel: the Australian figure was 64.53 percent, putting it in 24th place.

The top five countries are Republic of Moldova (110.26 percent), Lithuania (99.13 percent), Russia (98.86 percent), Slovakia (98.74 percent) and Ukraine (97.80 percent). The United States was eleventh at 93 percent.

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