Readers might remember Sri Lanka Telecom’s endorsement of the Sri Lanka Telecommunication Regulatory Commission’s internet speed testing service some time back. We speculated on a single unified testing / benchmarking system hosted by all Internet Service Providers in Sri Lanka. Well, that day has officially arrived. As of now, all operators in Sri Lanka have endorsed and turned to the TRCSL tool – including Etisalat, which used to rely on the privately-controlled speedtest.net. The service, which has been publicly available for some time, will now be accessible from the operators’ web pages. Have a look for yourself:
Technically speaking, the TRCSL’s web-based speed test analyzes your connection, picks an appropriate file size depending on the speed of your connection (we saw downloads of up to 10Mbps on 16Mbps connection) and initiates a download link between your computer and a dedicated server. Currently there’s two servers operating: one in Germany, the other in New Jersey, USA. They apparently run 24×7 with 1 Gbp/s connections to the information superhighway, so it’s expected that bandwidth bottlenecks will not arise.
As far as we know, the TRCSL is the only regulator in the world to develop in-house (it’s all their code) and outsource such a test. This new development has certainly made it much easier to compare speeds between networks. This is made even easier by the fact that sharing is integrated into the service, so users can easily post their results on social media and compare speeds. Given that it’s an international test, it’s a lot more valid since most of the time we access servers and data stored in other countries. Kudos to the folks at TRCSL for taking the initiative.