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Report: US Cities encounter disparities in game download speed between them

Wednesday, 27th July 2011 20:37 GMT By Debabrata Nath

A report published by downloadable content delivery provider Pando Networks has discovered wide disparities between download speeds and completion rates for gaming content across various American locales.

In a study Pando conducted which analysed 4 million gamers’ game and patch downloads in the first half of 2011, the firm found rural customers speeds were slower than their urban counterparts. Sometimes download speeds averaged around 10 times worse in rural areas than those in the fastest US cities.

Panda Networks cited the posh Boston suburb Andover as an example, revealing that it saw average download speeds over 2,800 KBps, which was a LOT faster than Idaho’s statewide average of just 318KBps.

The report revealed that slower download speeds often left rural customers unable to complete an attempted download after starting, potentially affecting publishers’ ability to reach those customers with their online content.

All was not lost, however, as some exceptions to this phenomenon were discovered. Hawaiian users, for instance, completed 87 percent of all attempted downloads despite relatively slow speeds, while users in Washington DC completed only 80 percent of downloads despite high average speeds.

Comcast subscribers clocked the highest download speeds with an average download speed of 890KBps, with Verizon (788KBps), Cox (757KBps) and Road runner (673KBps) coming in second, third and fourth place respectively.

AT&T offered the best mobile download speeds, clocking an average of 416 KBps, while Sprint’s took second-place offering 391KBps.

Pando has provided a couple of interactive maps to measure average download speeds and download completion rates by state to help you find out about your connection speed.

Thanks, Gamasutra.

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  1. Stephany Nunneley

    Wow. My average is 318 and 79 according to that chart.

    More like 79 and 10. :D

    #1 3 years ago
  2. chriswhaaat

    Mine says 567 and 89 when I’ve clocked my actual at like 250 the 89 is probably true though. I’ve completed all my downloads even if it took a full 24 hrs to do so haha

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    you can use Speedtest.net to check you speed that you are getting now.

    I get 15MBps during peak hours and 30 off peak hours. We are planning on paying the extra 40$ for 50MBS and removing the cable TV entirely.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. ballerty27

    I get 21MBps, 19 at the slowest. I been without cable for over a year. I use netflix & HULU through my ps3. fast internet is a necessit.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. frostquake

    I live in Rural and in the Woods, in fact the Cable Line stops at my House and my Speeds are all OVER the place…2am-6am Crazy fast and then after that good luck downloading even a CD within an hour…it is crazy stupid!

    #5 3 years ago