6-Year of Broadband Performance in Korea: A View from the User's Experience

Yeonhee LEE  Youngseok LEE  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E99-B   No.3   pp.630-646
Publication Date: 2016/03/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.2015EBP3302
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Optical Fiber for Communications
network measurement,  access networks,  DSL,  fiber,  cable,  

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The widespread use and increasing popularity of broadband service has prompted a focus on the measurement and analysis of its empirical performance in recent studies. The worldwide view of broadband performance has been examined over the short term with Speedtest.net, but research in this area has not yet provided a long-term evolutionary insight on how DSL, Cable, and Fiber access technologies have influenced on user experience. In this study, we present 6 years of measurement results, from 2006 to 2011, of broadband performance with fast developing broadband networks in Korea. With 57% Fiber penetration in 2011, our data consist of a total of 29M test records and 10M subscribers. Over the 6 years, we have observed a 2.9-fold improvement in download speed (57Mbps), 2.8-fold increase in upload speed (38Mbps), and 0.7-fold decrease in latency due to the high penetration rate of Fiber broadband service and the advanced Cable modem technology. In addition, we carried out longitudinal analysis of various aspects of services, providers, regions, and cost-performance. We believe that the evolutionary Korean broadband measurement results can shed light on how high-speed access technologies are substantially enhancing on end-to-end performance.