I recently took a new package from my ISP for higher speeds, they advertise it as a 5mbps service. I noticed that my downloads were really slow so I set out to run some tests and to view/control all the possible variables that can slow down internet speed. The question is, what exactly are they doing to achieve this?
If I start a download of a file (1gb) it downloads and it peaks very quickly at 600kbs (5mbps) after a minute it starts ticking down and bottoms out at 250kbs after 2 minutes, and there it stays.
I ran an EU VPN and got same result. I also checked my network traffic on my router and my PC showed the only traffic during this time.
This means my download is throttled right? Any of the normal speed tests are fooled because it works for the relatively short speed test duration.
Just to put this into perspective: I live extremely remotely, there is no ADSL and no Fibre available here. There is also no cell internet connection other then Edge available here either. The ISP has set up radio towers that relays internet to us from a location that has ADSL. This means, there is basically nothing else I can use.