Most of the ISPs commit the bandwidth pipe from your home to their end. Unfortunately many don’t know how they are cheated. I use MTNL Mumbai Triband connection which is 1.25 Mbps committed Internet speed line. In last 3 years the internet speed has deteriorated. If you ask them they recommend the speed test between your home and their server. This speed test shows what is committed is delivered but actually that is not what you get.
If you visit SpeedTest.net and try connecting to different server locations, you’ll realize the Internet speed is not consistent across the different parts of the world. Most of the websites are hosted in USA Datacenter Servers so if your Internet speed to USA is slow, you’ll feel your Internet connection is very slow.
In my Internet speed test report Indian server locations give good ping response, download and acceptable upload speeds. But when I test the same with American servers, speed is pathetic. This impacts me seriuosly specially when I am uploading some file like uploading a video to YouTube account.
There is no way to complaint about this, because they deliver the 1.25 Mbps pipe to your home. So it is always advisable, before getting a new connection from ISP, perform the speed test using SpeedTest.net from different locations of world. Don’t miss the USA, because thats where most of the websites are hosted. Prior to getting the ISP connection visit the friend or neighbour who has same ISP and test it first. SpeedTest is also available as an app for Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch & Android Mobile & Tablet devices.
Lets say if you are going to do video conferencing with your relatives in Europe or Japan, you must do the speed test with some server from that country using http://www.SpeedTest.net