Internet Pipes Capacity — Ready Reckoner

With the mushrooming of private Internet operators, cable and other service industrialists attempting to pearl-dive into the ISP foray, we ought to take enough care and (pre)caution that the quality of services that are rendered by these folks are within good quality limits. We should’nt just get carried away by the false and empty promises, assurances and freebies given all such operators.

According to TRAI, an Internet connection can be classified as broadband, only if the throughput is more than 250Kbps. You can check out the press release, which contains the definitions over here.


You can simply calculate the pipe capacity of your Internet connection by visiting any of the following websites. To test the Internet connection, ensure the following simple rules of thumb:

  1. Test the connection under different time periods to gather enough data. It is possible that at a particular period of time, there is a peak congestion of the network.
  2. See whether the customercare is technically sound and knowledgeable to troubleshoot connection issues. It is not that Indian ISPs are totally zero techys and US ISPs are intelligents. I have solid examples from BSNL and Tata Indicom troubleshooting complex Internet issues meticulously and simple connection and modem issues just being disgustingly deferred for a week without a good resolution by GuestTek Internet Services. However, we have stupid creatures like Airtel in India who are blackmarks for Indian ISP fabric.
  3. Most of the following test websites give mirrors that are near you. Test the Internet connection from a mirror near you. The minimum is the distance between you and the website, the connection speed and throughput should be good:
    1. SpeakEasy
    2. SpeedTest
    3. Bandwidth Place (Limited Free Tests)
    4. McAfee Speedometer
    5. DSLReports
    6. Abeltronica Telecom
    7. Audit My PC
    8. InternetFrog
    9. MSN SpeedTest
    10. PC Pitshop
    11. Cable Modem Test
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