How is our internet doing? In one word, badly

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Beside the SIBCI, the communicational hegemony also uses outside organized groups like the TROPA: Organized Twitter Users for the Fatherland.

The Venezuela chapter of the recent “Freedom on the Net” report (by the NGO Freedom House) offers a pretty good summary of how the quality of Internet here is limited while its overall access continues to increase.

But instead of using a unified policy of repression, the Venezuelan State prefers to work on multiple levels (legal, technical, economical, etc.). Some of those measures are more subtle and selective than others.

The result is that the government can brag of both the growth of Internet users in the country and at the same time using multiple excuses to justify any legal limitations to the service itself (national sovereignty, protecting children’s wellbeing, guerra mediatica, among others).

First up, there’s the issue of the quality itself: Even if more people here are getting online, the average speed of Internet we use is really, really bad. To that, I may add another key aspect: the constant electrical blackouts and brownouts, which make the service worse.

Then we can found a tangled web of ambiguous legislation, targeted cyberwarfare, multiple technical failures and the increased presence of the communicational hegemony, both in its official form and in “unrelated” organized groups, which are allowed to act with impunity.

The result is a deteriorated online public sphere, where self-censorship is encouraged and harassment of dissent views is the new normal. To make matters worse, our new Chinese overlords are more than willing to provide new tools to tight the online screws further.

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      • Thanks, Fernando. I suppose that’s not in Miguel Pena or Negro Primero but Northern Valencia, right? (I think this will become relevant in the elections)

        FYI, here in Flanders (mine is not a fast connection, but it is enough for home):
        Ping: 20 ms
        Download: 17.52
        Upload: 1.75

        • Kep, if your download is 17.52 Mbps, and the average consumer download speed for Belgium is 28.38 Mbps, then clearly there are some variables that need ‘splaining.

          • Mine is slow. I think I will call Belgacom tomorrow, I realise it is slower than I thought. There seems to be a problem in the area where I am. If they don’t change it fast, move.

          • My point is that you need to incorporate the variables in your report, as in the type of plan selected (and the cost) — not all plans are the same. Also, you need to stipulate the time of day (perhaps even the day of the week) the speed was checked, especially if your service is through cable and not phone line. As you know, cable is shared among many, causing speeds to drop at critical times, say, when people get home from work (and check their computers).

            In sum, this is a good start, but details are needed. Or maybe they can be obtained later on for a full report.

      • Likewise,

        USA – quasi rural/metro area. I’m out in the sticks on the side of a mountain via good ole Comcast.

        Ping: 5 ms
        Download speed: 33.67 Mbps
        Upload speed: 11.67 Mbps

        • Just for giggles, I pinged the Reacciun server in Caracas from here.

          Ping: 88ms
          Download speed: 8.85 Mbps
          Upload speed: .90 Mbps

          IFX Networks VZ
          Ping: 135 ms
          Download speed: 6.24 Mbps
          Upload speed: 3.47 Mbps

          And… Corporacion Digitel C.A.
          Ping: 119 ms
          Download speed: 12.81 Mbps
          Upload speed: 2.70 Mbps

          I tried hitting EWINET in Valencia and at first I thought it would time out, but…
          Ping: 135 ms
          Download speed: 15.35 Mbps
          Upload speed: 6.62 Mbps

          So the pipe to Venezuela is just fine. Its the infrastructure within the country that has issues. That, and its possible that the companies run limiters on their bandwidth in-country to mitigate too much throughput.

  1. What about Facebook Revolutionaries for the Fatherland? Shouldn’t they go for the major installations of Imperialist time-wastage first?

  2. Ping: 385ms
    Download: 0.41 Mbps
    Upload: 0.06 Mbps
    Server is Digitel
    I wish I was in Nigeria, at least there the speeds would be light years faster.

  3. ping:145ms
    download speed:976kbps
    upload speed:339kbps
    lechería
    inter

    ping:590ms
    download speed:99kbps
    upload speed:569kbps
    maturín
    aba cantv

  4. I’m on Maracaibo, ISP is NetUno, my plan is 2Mbps, what I got on speedtest was:

    ping: 36ms
    download: 1.84 Mbps
    upload: 0.93

    I sent CANTV to eat a ton of pureed brown organic waste after two weeks of not getting internet service, it would just come up and down whenever it felt like it, when it worked at the maximum speeds were around 1.5DL/0.4UL with ping well over 250ms.

    The best part of all is that when I switched to another ISP, the switch got me faster, much more reliable internet for LESS than what I was paying for CANTV.

    Score yet another one for capitalism and private sector

  5. La Trinidad, Maracaibo, Zulia
    ISP: Inter
    Ping:232
    Download:1.75Mbps
    Upload:0.31Mbps

    Paying for 3Mb

    Sure call INDEPABIS so they close all private ISP’s and we are all forced to use ABA. Sure.

  6. I’m one of the lucky ones with the “top” bandwidth in Venezuela, 10Mbps with Inter.
    Btw, when using speedtest.net, do it with servers in Miami. That’s where the LatAm hub is located and where most of the services I use are located (Netflix, YouTube, MLB.tv, etc.). Testing the bandwidth with Reacciun in CCS or Ewinet in VLN es trampa. Right now I have 9.64 Mbps download with Comcast in MIA.

    When I lived in São Paulo I had a 50Mbps link that worked very well. They are already selling 150Mbps residential links down there.

  7. Playa El Agua, Isla Margarita, NE

    ABA CANTV – Plan 1.5 MB

    Server Miami
    Ping: 127
    Download: 0.84
    Upload: 0.38

    Server Miami
    Ping: 127
    Download: 1.46
    Upload: 0.38

    Server Ft. Lauderdale
    Ping: 142
    Download: 1.56
    Upload: 0.43

    All at around 7.30 AM

  8. Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

    Ping: 35 ms
    Download: 15.62 mbps
    Upload: 1.96 mbps

    I’m paying 300 BsF (approx.) per month for a 15 Mbps/2Mbps connection. 100 Mbps residential connections are now available in 5 Caribbean countries (T&T, Grenada, Barbados, Jamaica and Curaçao)

  9. I no longer live in Venezuela, but couldn’t resist posting this, after so many years of CANTV “broadband”:

    Ping: 12 ms
    Download: 108.86 Mbps
    Upload: 23.44 Mbps

    Using Comcast in York, Pennsylvania.

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