09/01/2009

UK broadband speeds 2008 | Ofcom

UK broadband speeds 2008 | Ofcom

Ofcom perfomed a survey on UK broadband speeds, to gather information on consumer perception and to measure actual broadband speed and quality.

Ofcon found that the average measured speed was 3.6Mb/s (45% of the rated maximum of 8Mb/s) and that the average maximum speed was 4.5Mb/s (56% of the rated 8Mb/s maximum).

Speeds vary considerably between consumers, with one in five getting less than 2Mb/s (on an 8Mb/s rated line).

83% of consumers are happy overally with their broadband service.

Speeds vary significantly by times of day, getting slower in the evening and 5 - 6pm Saturday was the slowest. On an 8Mb/s line, the speed degraded by 30% during evening peaks.

The full report also measures further parameters such as upload speeds, latency, packet loss, DNS and jitter; we find a similar pattern of poorer performance during the evening peak time. The summary only analyses download speeds.

07/01/2009

Craigsphone puts craigslist classifieds on your phone | iPhone Central | Macworld

Craigsphone puts craigslist classifieds on your phone | iPhone Central | Macworld

Craigslist is hugely popular in the US and is a classified listing service. Now the listings are available on the iPhone.

The app has been developed by Next Mobile Web.

It is possible to browse for listings in your local vicinity, but this feature only works in the San Francisco Bay Area and Manhattan.