When I first saw the TV ad about the speed tests of Smart Bro plugin and Globe Tattoo Broadband I got curious as to what results would I get if I were to conduct the tests myself. We all know how not to believe everything we see on TV so a little hands-on experiment would give a whole new perspective that will either confirm or rebuke what’s been claimed on TV ads.
Good thing that I bought a Globe Tattoo Broadband prepaid kit last November for my girlfriend so that she’d have some access to the net because telephone lines have not yet reached their part of Gen. Trias, Cavite so there’s no way for her to subscribe to a wired broadband account.
Curiosity got the better of me so I borrowed the USB dongle in order to do a speed test at DLSU-D because even WiFi access if offered, the school’s firewall are blocking a lot of popular sites like Facebook and Twitter and I’m too lazy to find a new proxy service.
Just like in the TV ad, I used Speedtest.net in gauging the speed of Globe Tattoo Broadband when used inside DLSU-D. Here’s the result:
The speed was at dial-up connection speeds but at least I was able to load my CafeWorld in about two minutes. Unfortunately, there’s no 3G/HSDPA coverage in DLSU-D.
Here’s another run using a server in Makati City, Philippines:
Practically the same speeds because there’s no 3G/HSDPA coverage in DLSU-D. A big disappointment but what’s encouraging is that the connection is stable and it works. Students may not be able to watch YouTube videos but it gives a connection that will allow for regular research or sending those late papers and projects.