SA township school has faster broadband than you

Gauteng MEC for education Panyaza Lesufi has announced the launch of the province’s paperless classroom project, with promises of “world-class broadband” for the schools involved.

Lesufi was speaking during an event held on Tuesday, 13 January 2015, at Boitumelong Secondary School in Tembisa, where a Wi-Fi network had been deployed in support of the project.

To get an idea of what the promised “world-class” broadband connection would be like, we conducted a few speed tests from both a mobile device and notebook computer.

The smartphone Speedtest.net result was astonishing, suggesting that Boitumelong Secondary has access to a symmetrical 90 Megabit per second (Mbps) fibre connection, running on the Seacom-AS network.

Boitumelong Secondary School local Wi-Fi speed test from smartphone

Boitumelong Secondary School local Wi-Fi speed test from smartphone

Further testing suggested that staff and students at the school may not have access to this full bandwidth all the time.

Local and international speed tests conducted later from a different device showed that download speeds capped at exactly 15Mbps, while upload speeds came back at exactly 0.5Mbps.

The screenshot below is an example of the speeds achieved when connecting to the school’s Wi-Fi from a different device.

Boitumelong Secondary School Wi-Fi speedtest - throttled

Article courtesy of MyBroadband

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