A couple of days ago, they came to install Astro B.yond IPTV and Maxis Home Fibre Internet in my home here in Malaysia. Astro‘s current promotion also offered me a choice of 3 different Internet connection speeds to choose from i.e. 10Mb/s, 20Mb/s or 30Mb/s. I settled for the smallest one at 10Mb/s, which is sufficient for me.
First Impressions: Very (VERY) Disappointing
Going from a 1Mb/second regular broadband connection to a 10Mb/second high-speed broadband connection, I was prepared to be easily impressed by fast-loading online audio and videos. But as the hours passed, I noticed that even web pages were only loading slightly faster than usual – certainly not the blazingly-fast Internet connection that I was expecting!
Right off the bat, I can already tell you now, despite what it says on the box, what I have today is NOT a 10Mb/second Internet connection. Not even close.
Yes, if you take their speed test, it will nearly always tell you that you are enjoying a 10Mb/second Internet connection (or close to it), but in reality, as the reports below will also show us, nothing could be further from the truth.
Actual Reports from Downloaded Content
Downloading via SSH
This is a
rsync command over SSH, downloading updated files from my remote server in Kansas City, USA.
... sent 134376 bytes received 116108585 bytes 198875.90 bytes/sec total size is 131183294 speedup is 1.13 ...
According to Google, 198,876 bytes per second is just about 1.5Mb/s!
Downloading via HTTP
Now, let us see how downloading a file over HTTP is going to fare next. I’m going to download an 11MB GeoIP database file from Maxmind in the US, and to eliminate the possibility of my laptop being faulty, I am going to use the desktop PC to run this command. Here is the report at the end:
... Saving to: “GeoLiteCity.dat.gz” 100%[======================================>] 11,588,517 39.6K/s in 4m 26s 2013-06-24 23:17:39 (42.5 KB/s) - “GeoLiteCity.dat.gz” saved [11588517/11588517]
I am at a loss for words! I cannot believe that my new high speed 10Mb/s broadband connection just downloaded that file at the rate of just 43 KB per second!
How many KB are in 10 Mb?
10 Mb = 1,280 KB.
Whoa! 43 KB is not even 10% of 1,280 KB!
With my old 1Mb/s Streamyx connection, I used to download the same file at a rate above 100 KB per second regularly.
Just to be sure it is not the case of a congested remote server, I downloaded the WordPress installation archive file as well, and here is the report.
... Saving to: “latest.tar.gz” 100%[======================================>] 4,988,077 80.0K/s in 1m 41s 2013-06-24 23:30:32 (48.0 KB/s) - “latest.tar.gz” saved [4988077/4988077]
Again, ridiculously slow at just 48 KB per second!
Two different PCs and downloading files from 2 different remote servers returning similar (poor) results. I think it’s safe now to assume that this a problem that only Astro can fix.
Finally, in case you’re wondering if I am some random unfortunate poor sap who is simply unlucky with his Maxis Home Fibre high-speed broadband connection, please look at the fast-growing number of complaints about slow Internet connections on Maxis’ public forum.
Maxis is Astro’s B.yond IPTV Internet provider/partner.
If you’re considering a move from Unifi to Maxis right now, I just have one word for you: DON’T!
I hope this little review helps you with your research into Astro B.yond IPTV and Maxis Home Fibre Internet.