Today, I have with me wireless broadband connections from 3 different networks here in the Philippines and I am making comparisons based on my observations and speed tests for each network with time stamps.
Networks to be tested:
Globe Visibility Postpaid (I've been using this for almost 2 years now)
Smart Bro Prepaid Kit (Just tried it this year -- Feb 2009)
Sun Wireless Broadband ( Subscribed to it December 2008)
Sun Wireless Broadband - Huawei e220
Globe Visibility - ZTE MF626
Smart Bro Prepaid Kit - ZTE MF626
My Location and testing environment:-Quezon City area
-Warehouse type building with few walls around me
-Ceiling above me is around 3 stories high
-Laptop and broadband modem location: 3feet above the ground
I tested their speeds in one single location and here are the results:
Sun Wireless Broadband - These 3 tests were done around 10:24am to 10:45am (Feb 20,2009 Friday)
Globe Visibility Postpaid- These 3 tests were done around 12:19pm to 01:56pm (Feb 20,2009 Friday)
Smart Bro Prepaid Kit- These 3 tests were done around 11:17am to 11:43am (Feb 20,2009 Friday)
Speed Test Summary: Sun Wireless Broadband (SWB):
[Highest Download Rate- 1011 kb/s ; Highest Upload Rate- 360 kb/s]
[Highest Download Rate- 1290 kb/s ; Highest Upload Rate- 115 kb/s]
Smart Bro Prepaids:
[Highest Download Rate- 295 kb/s ; Highest Upload Rate- 54 kb/s]
Browser Loading Speed:Using Firefox, I bookmarked 15 different websites to test the 3 different wireless networks.
If you've noticed, even though SWB's download rate exceeded 1mbps, it does not necessary mean it is also 1mbps-ish fast. It performed well on speedtest.net, but when I tried loading 15 pages at the same time, it was slow. It took around 120 seconds to load everything.
Using Globe Visibility and Smart Bro Prepaid, the results I got was better. Globe Visibility loaded those 15 pages a bit faster compared to Smart Bro. Visibility loaded the same 15 webpages at around 55seconds and Smart Bro at 85seconds
I went to a Globe Business Center and asked if the Visibility Postpaid and Prepaid has the same speeds. They said Yes. But from experience, I think the answer is no. I have yet to test the Globe Visibility Prepaid vs the Globe visibility postpaid speed.
It's now 3pm and Globe Visibility is acting up again (this has been happening for a couple of weeks now). I can't load pages and the speed is slow (you need constant refreshing of webpages for it to load properly). The network might be congested. Typing this part of the test, I am now using Sun Wireless Broadband. I tried loading the 15 webpages again and, the loading speed was faster compared to the speed earlier this morning. Everything loaded in just 80 seconds.
..and as I am ending this post. even SWB is acting up now (3:25pm) arrrghhh!!
I've noticed another thing... all networks do act up. You cannot really expect it to be working 100% of the time.
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