New Speed Test Shows That Super-Fast Broadband Does Not Matter Much

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A recent study done by a leading speed testing website has concluded that our browsing experience can not be significantly improved by super-fast broadband connections. The research study which based its finding on the results of 200 000 tests being recorded on LoadingTest.com website in the last two months has revealed that the average webpage load time on 8Mb broadband connections is 3.7 seconds, while on 16Mb connections and above it was 3.1 seconds, resulting in a 17% decrease in the waiting time despite the fact that there was a 100% increase in the broadband speed.

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The majority of internet users still use internet only for finding information, shopping or using social networks. This research study shows that not everyone needs super-fast broadband. Sometimes installing a faster browser like Google Chrome and getting rid of the old IE6 is the best thing to speed up your internet.

A recent study done by a leading speed testing website has concluded that our browsing experience can not be significantly improved by super-fast broadband connections. The research study which based its finding on the results of 200 000 tests being recorded on LoadingTest.com website in the last two months has revealed that the average webpage load time on 8Mb broadband connections is 3.7 seconds, while on 16Mb connections and above it was 3.1 seconds, resulting in a 17% decrease in the waiting time despite the fact that there was a 100% increase in the broadband speed.

The test primarily focused on measuring loading times of the most popular websites such as Google, Facebook, Bing and others. Google homepage which went through a redesign in the beginning of December 2009 was the fastest loading site with the waiting time being 1.22 seconds. Microsoft's Bing search engine closing on Google with 1.54 seconds followed by the clean design of Facebook homepage with 3.33 seconds.

The test did not measure video streaming websites such as BBC iPlayer or Youtube, where super-fast broadband certainly improves the viewing experience because as Janusz Jezowicz, the director of Speedchecker Limited added : " The majority of internet users still use internet only for finding information, shopping or using social networks. This research study shows that not everyone needs super-fast broadband. Sometimes installing a faster browser like Google Chrome and getting rid of the old IE6 is the best thing to speed up your internet."

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