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TOM PULLAR-STRECKER
Last updated 15:06 05/02/2013

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Broadband testing company TrueNet says average fixed-line broadband speeds have improved about 6.5 per cent to an average of 11.5 megabits per second over the past year.

More than half of its 360 volunteer testers were now getting speeds into the home in excess of 10Mbps, said chief executive John Butt.

The introduction of new copper-based technology VDSL and upgraded speeds on TelstraClear's cable networks in Wellington and Christchurch had helped.

However, Butt said many consumers would not be experiencing those speeds and wouldn't have seen any improvement because their computers were being constrained by poor home wi-fi networks.

That also explained a difference in TrueNet's reported speeds when compared with some other studies by the likes of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

TrueNet's measurements were based on speeds obtained at 5am but Butt said there was now little difference between peak and off-peak broadband speeds.

Speeds at peak times used to drop by about 30 per cent, but after internet providers acted to remove bottlenecks the difference was typically now in the single digits, he said.

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