08 Nov European Commission Tests Broadband Performance
A major new EC study of broadband performance across Europe is to be launched. The measurement company SamKnows is to host the project, which aims to profile speed and reliability of broadband services throughout member states. ISPs, consumers and regulatory bodies will have access to the results when they are completed.
Accepted volunteers will be given a device called a whitebox to connect to their home broadband line. When the internet connection is not in use, the whitebox will run automatic tests to measure the performance of the broadband connection.
Ofcom conducted a similar project in the UK and discovered broadband performance less than 50% of advertised speeds in many cases.
According to Alex Salter, chief executive of SamKnows: “We are working towards a standard for measuring internet performance and a public dataset that everyone can access”.