For weeks now, we’ve been seeing very poor subjective performance from Tooway’s satellite service. When measured, we’re seeing a large discrepancy between what Tooway’s own speed tester shows and what we get from decent speed checkers such as Speedof.me.
Firstly, how things look when everything is working properly: note that there’s relatively little discrepancy between the figures given by Tooway and Speedof.me.
So far, so good. Now look at what’s typical of we’re getting at the moment, in particular the vast gap between the performance results from the two testers. Of course, the subjective experience matches the figures given by the speedof.me tests.
If we charitably assume for the moment that the Tooway test service runs from a node on the Tooway terrestrial network, whilst Speedof.me is, like all end-users, working outside that network on the wider internet, then it’s clear that there is a major routing or peering performance issue with Tooway’s connections to the outside world.
To date, Avonline’s tech support has been at its usual ineffectual level. But I’ll keep trying and see if I can get anything remotely useful out of them.
Here we go again: time for the semi-regular update on local broadband and the semi-inevitable rant about BT and its unholy relationship with local and national government agencies. It’s tempting to stop right there, but let’s try to get at least some crumb of information out of the situation, so… Continue reading
This week’s been a pretty poor one so far for the Tooway system: we started with a major and complete outage over much of the weekend, with of course no status information available from them or from Avonline. Continue reading
For the last few months, we’ve been running a trial of Avonline’s Tooway satellite-based broadband service, on behalf of the local Broadband Advisory Group. My report on the delivery and effectiveness of that solution to date is attached, here.
Continuing from last month’s update on attempts to bring the communications available to the three villages area into roughly the same century as the outside world, there’s a little good news and a whole lot of no news: Firstly, with BT awarded government funding under the Step Change 2015 programme to bring a minimum of 2Mb/s to 80% of the rural population, they have announced that they can deliver that level to 93.5% of us. That, whilst it would help a number of the “no-band” areas in the Trossachs, is unlikely make much difference in our area. The way in which BT will deliver this is also unlikely to be future proof in the local area and will deliver a maximum performance that falls far short of current ‘normal’ broadband, let alone the capacity that that online services are starting to assume as normal and for which they are designing their next generation of services. In effect, if you’re not a urban dweller with fibre cables in your street, you effectively become classed as the ‘rural poor’ and, by definition, don’t matter.
This should be good news. But may not be. The Scottish government and, locally, Stirling Council recently announced the results of their £264M Step Change procurement for “superfast” (the quotes are intentional irony) broadband to 85% of homes and businesses across Scotland by 2015, rising to around 95% by the end of 2017. But guess where appears to be in the remaining 15%?