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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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Re: Is 1Gbps really 1Gbps?

Postby maxwellv » Wed, 06 Mar 2019 10:55 pm

I am using Singtel 1Gbps.
I've just tested it and got 220Mbps download and 165Mbps upload on wifi.
Wired connection right now shows 790Mbps download, 465Mbps upload.

It varies a bit depending on the time, but it's been around that speed most time I tested, or higher.

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Re: Is 1Gbps really 1Gbps?

Postby DeepBlue80 » Thu, 07 Mar 2019 11:11 am

I just tested mine ... got 820 Mbps down, 875 Mpbs up ...

Pretty normal here ...

At times, both numbers cross 900 Mbps ...

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Re: Is 1Gbps really 1Gbps?

Postby Strong Eagle » Thu, 07 Mar 2019 11:21 am

A single fiber optic thread is capable of data transmission rate of 10 terabytes per second and more. Realistically, and with commercially available equipment, a fiber thread should be good for about 100 Gbps.

Unless you have purchased dedicated service, which costs a bomb, you're on shared service and that 1 Gbps service is the maximum you can get before their switches throttle you. You can get a lot less if there are a lot of customers using the same fiber optic path that you are, such that the capacity of the is reaching maximum. This is why nobody will guarantee their speeds, and, it's also a reason to keep checking because speeds will slow down as more customers are added, until finally, the service provider has to increases overall speeds.

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Re: Is 1Gbps really 1Gbps?

Postby tiktok » Fri, 22 Mar 2019 8:57 pm

I have 500 Mbps Singtel and it's good. I download lots of movies, watch Netflix and work from home. I'm glad I didn't spend more for something I don't need.


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