Spent the night in downtown Tokyo in a 40 story hotel. My room was near the top floor. And the internet in that room was nothing short of amazing. Here is my data –
This screen shot is from the www.speedtest.net website. It is free to all, so go there and try it on your own home or business access.
Now a bit about this. The site measures 3 things about your internet access –
- Ping Time – this is a measure of how long it takes a message from your computer to go out to the internet and be bounced back to you from the nearest internet node. Typical very good times are 20-30 milliseconds. You can get this using DSL connections but CATV cable connections are often longer. Ping Times that are long can cause echos in Skype phone conversations, for example. And they can make the web feel sluggish on just browsing.
- Download Speed – this is a measure of the bandwidth delivered to you by the internet. If you go to YouTube and ask for a video, it will stream out to you at around this rate. Older DSL lines are typically 1-2 Mb/s or 1-2 millions of bits per second. Newer DSL can be 3 – 6 Mb/s in the USA and up to 10 Mb/s in Asia. Cable modem rates are typically 5-10 Mb/s but can go higher if you pay for it.
- Upload Speed – this is a measure of how fast you can upload a big file to somewhere on the internet. In all fairness, this test assumes that you are able to send to a very fast receiving internet node. Sometimes upload can be slow just because you are sending to someone who cannot receive fast.
OK. So here you see we achieved a ping time of 3 milliseconds, upload and download speeds are close to 10 Mb/s in each direction. And that is really amazing. I did some video conferencing with 2 different people in different parts of the USA from this Tokyo hotel room and it was crystal clear.
All that you are reading on the news today about the USA being behind other countries in Internet access is true. Here is first hand data. And it is shameful. We invented it and all of the main access techniques. And we have fallen behind in technology that enables business and people to work together better.