18/02/2013 12:07 | By Jon Bentley, contributor, MSN Tech
Broadband speed-checkers: a comparison

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Speedtest.net was my first destination. It's the flagship public brand of Ookla, which claims to be the “global leader in broadband testing”. 

Like most testers it sends a lump of data of known size and measures the time it takes for you to receive and upload it.  Speedtest.net doesn’t use its own servers but has a network of hosts around the world. I chose the closest and, using a wired connection to my router and a modern desktop PC,

I consistently got nearly 63Mb; which was good news, as it suggests I am getting what I’m paying for (and more).  But you do need to select a nearby server -  63Mb downloads from near my home in Birmingham became 47Mb from Stockholm, 45Mb from Cork and 38Mb from Los Angeles. This fall-off is more a reflection of all the internet hoops the data has to jump through than the speed of your connection.

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