Broadband and mobile broadband speed variations
Broadband speeds slow down when more people are online. At peak times, which are in the evenings between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm, broadband speeds can reduce by as much as 69%. If you want to experience broadband at its fastest, then you will need to burn some late night oil; broadband speeds peak between 2.00 and 4.00 am.
The average reduction in broadband speeds at peak time is 35%, but there are substantial regional variations. The headline figure quoted in the first paragraph was found in Worcestershire and which has the highest difference between the fastest and slowest speeds.
When you compare the best broadband deals between suppliers there is very little, if any, information on the degree of speed reduction you can expect in the evenings. New rules imposed by Ofcom restrict suppliers from advertising speeds that fewer than 10% of users can receive, but they say nothing about the relationship between the download speed and the time of day.
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Broadband suppliers tend to use various forms of traffic management to even out the quality of service between customers during the peak hours. For instance they may restrict certain kinds of downloads by throttling back the speed or even not allowing peer to peer file downloads.
The figures given above are for fixed line users, but the experience of mobile broadband users can be considerably worse than those. The average mobile broadband download speed is 1.5 Mbps which means that even a simple web page can take ten seconds to appear in your browser.
With mobile broadband, regional differences are also considerable. In some areas which have excellent 3G coverage, average broadband speeds are 2.1 Mbps though they fall to just 1.7 bps during the peak mobile usage, which is from 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm in the evening, an hour later than peak fixed line usage. If you are unsure of your broadband speed, it is worth running a broadband speed test to be certain.
The major issue for mobile broadband is coverage, and this can vary considerably between different providers in different areas. In some locations almost perfect reception can be found with one particular user, whilst that of an alternative user is very poor and can keep dropping out.
Even weather conditions can have an effect on mobile broadband quality. On a clear day the signal tends to be much better than when it is stormy and cloudy. Also, if you are indoors the construction of the building can be important. Often better signals can be obtained if you use your mobile device or you situate your 3G Wi-Fi dongle close to a window.
It is anticipated that 4G services will be rolled out in certain locations either late in 2012 or the following year. This will have a major impact on mobile broadband and should provide mobile download speeds of around 10 mbps. The ultimate theoretical mobile broadband speed for fixed locations, for instance using a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, is 1 Gbps, though that is unlikely to be achieved in practice.