KSP Technology was fortunate to be among the first in Regina to be setup with Sasktels new Highspeed Ultra (25mb) with Static IP. Static IP means your IP address never changes. It is a requirement for any business with a server. I know others have probably had this service already, but previous to Sept 27 2010, static IPs were not an option. I know hey?
Hats off to Sasktel and their customer support!
During the last year since the service was launched we would occasionally call in to see if static IPs were available yet. The CSRs were great and always tried to get information but ended up having to tell us, it will be pushed back. But they would keep us in their database and call us when it’s available.
So, I get a call on Sept 23rd from Sasktel stating that the service is now available and I’ve been pre-booked for the 27th. I thought “Man, 4 days! Why can’t they do it faster?” I guess the weekend got in the way and I was basically first on the list for monday morning. Sweet!
The install went over fairly smooth for a new service. We were told a lot of the install was being done manually as they perfected their systems to provision automatically in the future. Honestly it went quite smooth and we had no issues.
The speed on average is very very impressive. We’ve seen downloads hit 2.8MB/s. That’s not a typo, that is MB
To put this in simple non-geek terms. Most people when you download a file will notice a speed of 300KB/s or somewhere in that range. This service enables you to download at speeds in excess of 2500KB/s. Thats fast.
The speed tests generally will show the full speed but on this particular day it didn’t.
What does this mean for consumers and business?
If you are a consumer your multimedia experience will be that much better. If you watch video, play games or listen to music online you would benefit greatly. The benefit is really seen if you share the connection between people in the house. If the wife and kids are all watching youtube and you decide to do some research on that fancy car you have been eyeing, don’t expect the speed to be very fast unless you have Highspeed Ultra.
The benefit to business is even greater. Imagine, you are sharing a 10mb connection between your whole office. Don’t forget your server too. Lets say you have 10 staff working. That would only be 113KB/s per person. Lets say one person is on their break and is watching a video on youtube and the receptionist has <insert favorite radio station here> playing on their computer. Suddenly you can no longer check your email because all of the bandwidth is being used. And thats only the download.
The above examples were only talking about download speeds. Lets discuss upload. With Sasktel Highspeed Extreme, you have a theoretical maximum upload speed of 800kbps. That translates to 100KBps (which is the speed you see on your computer). Lets divide that up for your business. 9KB/s per person. That is a very small number. Mind you not everyone will be uploading at the same time, but lets say 2 people are sending an email with an attachment. Suddenly you can no longer check your email because all of the bandwidth is being used. The upload speed on Highspeed Ultra is doubled.
This chart compares the average Broadband speeds of various different countries.
While we aren’t the lowest on this chart, it sure would be nice to be higher. Chart courtesy of WorldPoliticsReview.
With all of the above being said, what are you waiting for? Call Sasktel and order now.