The lastest report about quality of service over the Internet was published this Wednesday by Cedexis and GESTE. It seems to be in line with the previous year – with little global growth and stagnant general performance: here is the general assessment.
With, investments in fibre optic and 4G, there was in fact a small enhancement to the quality of service. In the first quarter of 2016, there is an improvement of the median loading time. In the last three months of 2015, the median loading time was about 6.9 seconds. It is now about 6.3 seconds.
However – this benefit is very modest and given the absence of major events in the beginning of this year, (compared to the last quarter of 2015) we believe this largely explains this improvement. While the attacks in November in Paris, and the end-of-year holiday sales have fed the congestion on networks, the first three months of 2016 were calmer, apart from the tragic attacks in Brussels.
The capacity improvement is real. However, the gap between the loading time of the fastest Internet users and slowest Internet user is getting bigger. Indeed, we find out that the gap between the 10 % of fastest Internet users and the 5 % of the slowest ones was 30 seconds in January and an abysmal 33.5 seconds in March.
Will we continue to see a broadening of the digital divide? Between users equipped with excellent connectivity and those who draw the short straw? Perhaps, and if the trend is confirmed, we should be worried about the next set of reports: in the next six months, the French networks will be required to support the traffic peaks related to the Olympic Games, the Euro 2016, the Tour de France and Roland-Garros. Summer will be hot.
Find the full report as well as previous editions GESTE on their website.