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Is 1Gbps really 1Gbps?

Postby londonsg » Thu, 10 Jan 2019 7:02 pm

Hi,
I'm very new to SG and looking to get a fibre internet connection. Could someone tell me what sort of speeds I can expect if I opt for a 1Gbps connection?

In London (UK) I have a 1Gbps fibre to the premises line and it runs about 950Mbps up and down.

Also, is it only Singtel that offer proper 1Gbps+ fibre?

Thanks!

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Re: Is 1Gbps really 1Gbps?

Postby The Ref » Thu, 10 Jan 2019 9:25 pm

You will find that the speed within Singapore is probably close to that, but when leaving singapore you get whatever the backbone can support which means in peak times it may be slower.

I am a techie and never bothered to test the speed because it is pretty quick and there is no point.

I just tested using my home WiFi in peak hour at 9:15 pm and got:
88.2 Mbps download (85 to a US server)
92.2 Mbps upload
5ms latency
I know my wired NAS is faster but I couldnt be bothered plugging in to test. Chances are you are using WiFi as well and will never use anything that pushes the actual fibre.

Note, 1 test to the US had a much slower upload speed but that can be throttled anywhere across any of the networks.

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Re: Is 1Gbps really 1Gbps?

Postby londonsg » Thu, 10 Jan 2019 9:34 pm

The Ref wrote:You will find that the speed within Singapore is probably close to that, but when leaving singapore you get whatever the backbone can support which means in peak times it may be slower.

I am a techie and never bothered to test the speed because it is pretty quick and there is no point.

I just tested using my home WiFi in peak hour at 9:15 pm and got:
88.2 Mbps download (85 to a US server)
92.2 Mbps upload
5ms latency
I know my wired NAS is faster but I couldnt be bothered plugging in to test. Chances are you are using WiFi as well and will never use anything that pushes the actual fibre.

Note, 1 test to the US had a much slower upload speed but that can be throttled anywhere across any of the networks.


Obviously you will have to do a wired related test :) . Wifi isnt gonna give you more than 100Mbps in reality :) .

In London on my 1Gbps I never max it out even with a wired ethernet connection so I'm confused why some people bother with 2Gbps or even 10Gbps connections to their homes here :???:

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Re: Is 1Gbps really 1Gbps?

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 10 Jan 2019 11:25 pm

The same reason they buy Mercs, Beemers and Farraris on a 45 x 25 Km island. Bragging rights. This IS Asia, remember? Face is everything.

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Re: Is 1Gbps really 1Gbps?

Postby GSM8 » Fri, 11 Jan 2019 4:19 pm

1 gbps is only the theoretical "last mile" speed from the providers (e.g. Singtel) server to you. Actual speeds are limited by the data speeds along the path to the node you are connecting to (limited by intercontinental under sea fiber + server where the website is hosted). Typically speeds are as others have detailed above


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