Proving Gig Speed

Mike Hammett nanog at
Wed Jul 18 13:54:15 UTC 2018

Correct. I figured most eyeballs had Google peering or were looking to get it. 

I was talking with CVF at ChiNOG about some of the shortcomings of the Google ISP Portal. He saw value in making the portal available to all ISPs. I don't know when (if) that will be available. 

Mike Hammett 
Intelligent Computing Solutions 


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From: "Luke Guillory" <lguillory at> 
To: "K. Scott Helms" <kscott.helms at>, "Mike Hammett" <nanog at> 
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Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:48:32 AM 
Subject: RE: Proving Gig Speed 

Thought I think this is only for when you have peering, someone can correct me if that's incorrect. 


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From: NANOG [mailto:nanog-bounces at] On Behalf Of K. Scott Helms 
Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:45 AM 
To: Mike Hammett 
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What portal would that be? Do you have a URL? 

On Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 9:25 AM Mike Hammett <nanog at> wrote: 

> Check your Google portal for more information as to what Google can do 
> with BGP Communities related to reporting. 
> ----- 
> Mike Hammett 
> Intelligent Computing Solutions 
> Midwest-IX 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "K. Scott Helms" <kscott.helms at> 
> To: "mark tinka" <mark.tinka at> 
> Cc: "NANOG list" <nanog at> 
> Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 7:40:31 AM 
> Subject: Re: Proving Gig Speed 
> Agreed, and it's one of the fundamental problems that a speed test is 
> (and can only) measure the speeds from point A to point B (often both 
> inside the service provider's network) when the customer is concerned 
> with traffic to and from point C off in someone else's network 
> altogether. It's one of the reasons that I think we have to get more 
> comfortable and more collaborative with the CDN providers as well as 
> the large sources of traffic. Netflix, Youtube, and I'm sure others 
> have their own consumer facing performance testing that is _much_ more 
> applicable to most consumers as compared to the "normal" technician 
> test and measurement approach or even the service assurance that you 
> get from normal performance monitoring. What I'd really like to see is 
> a way to measure network performance from the CO/head end/PoP and also 
> get consumer level reporting from these kinds of services. If 
> Google/Netflix/Amazon Video/$others would get on board with this idea 
> it would make all our lives simpler. 
> Providing individual users stats is nice, but if these guys really 
> want to improve service it would be great to get aggregate reporting 
> by ASN. You can get a rough idea by looking at your overall graph from 
> Google, but it's lacking a lot of detail and there's no simple way to 
> compare that to a head end/CO test versus specific end users. 
> On Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 8:27 AM Mark Tinka <mark.tinka at> wrote: 
> > 
> > 
> > On 18/Jul/18 14:00, K. Scott Helms wrote: 
> > 
> > 
> > That's absolutely a concern Mark, but most of the CPE vendors that 
> support 
> > doing this are providing enough juice to keep up with their max 
> > forwarding/routing data rates. I don't see 10 Gbps in residential 
> Internet 
> > service being normal for quite a long time off even if the port 
> > itself 
> is 
> > capable of 10Gbps. We have this issue today with commercial 
> > customers, 
> but 
> > it's generally not as a much of a problem because the commercial CPE 
> > get their usage graphed and the commercial CPE have more 
> > capabilities for testing. 
> > 
> > 
> > I suppose the point I was trying to make is when does it stop being 
> > feasible to test each and every piece of bandwidth you deliver to a 
> > customer? It may very well not be 10Gbps... perhaps it's 2Gbps, or 
> 3.2Gbps, 
> > or 5.1Gbps... basically, the rabbit hole. 
> > 
> > Like Saku, I am more interested in other fundamental metrics that 
> > could impact throughput such as latency, packet loss and jitter. 
> > Bandwidth, itself, is easy to measure with your choice of SNMP poller + 5 minutes. 
> But 
> > when you're trying to explain to a simple customer buying 100Mbps 
> > that a break in your Skype video cannot be diagnosed with a 
> > throughput speed 
> test, 
> > they don't/won't get it. 
> > 
> > In Africa, for example, customers in only one of our markets are so 
> > obsessed with speed tests. But not to speed test servers that are 
> > in-country... they want to test servers that sit in Europe, North 
> America, 
> > South America and Asia-Pac. With the latency averaging between 140ms 
> > - 400ms across all of those regions from source, the amount of 
> > energy 
> spent 
> > explaining to customers that there is no way you can saturate your 
> > delivered capacity beyond a couple of Mbps using Ookla and friends 
> > is energy I could spend drinking wine and having a medium-rare 
> > steak, 
> instead. 
> > 
> > For us, at least, aside from going on a mass education drive in this 
> > particular market, the ultimate solution is just getting all that 
> content 
> > localized in-country or in-region. Once that latency comes down and 
> > the resources are available locally, the whole speed test debacle 
> > will 
> easily 
> > fall away, because the source of these speed tests is simply how 
> physically 
> > far the content is. Is this an easy task - hell no; but slamming 
> > your 
> head 
> > against a wall over and over is no fun either. 
> > 
> > Mark. 
> > 

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