What is throughput?
Throughput is the amount of data that can be transferred over your Internet connection at one point in time.
What are kbps?
kbps or Kilo Bits Per Second is the rate at which 1000 bits of data travels across your internet connection. A bit is the smallest unit of digital information. 8 bits make up 1 byte.
Why do I get different results when I run the test?
The test shows the current throughput you can get on your Internet connection. Factors such as network congestion and other downloads in progress can affect the available throughput.
I thought my broadband connection was faster?
The results of the test can be affected by any network congestion between you and our servers. If you have other downloads in progress this can also affect the results.
UUNET founded in 1987, was one of the largest Internet service providers and one of the nine Tier 1 networks. It was based in Northern Virginia and was the first commercial Internet service provider. Today, UUNET is an internal brand of Verizon Business (formerly MCI).
2. Level 3
It operates a Tier 1 network. The company provides core transport, IP, voice, video and content delivery for most of the medium to large Internet carriers in North America and Europe. Level 3 is also the largest CLEC in the United States.
Verio is a global web hosting provider headquartered in the United States. Incorporated in 1996 in Denver, Colorado, it is currently a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) Communications, who acquired the company in 2000. Verio was formed from a consolidation of over 200 smaller Internet service providers (ISPs).
4. Global Crossing
Global Crossing Limited is a telecommunications company that provides computer networking services worldwide. It maintains a large backbone and offers transit and peering links, VPN, leased lines, audio and video conferencing, long distance telephone, managed services, dialup, colocation and VoIP, to customers ranging from individuals to large enterprises and to other carriers. The main emphases are on higher margin layered services like managed services and VoIP with leased lines. Global Crossing is a tier 1 carrier.