In our second installment of China’s quarter 3 internet statistics (Chinese version and English translated version), we will be taking a look at China’s varying internet speeds during peak and non-peak hours. As to be expected, speeds can change drastically during different parts of the day, so this information can be extremely valuable for anyone who operates in China to know exactly when they can expect online slowdowns or overall increases in download and upload speeds. Let’s breakdown some of the more important numbers shall we?
In most of the cities and regions of China with a high percentage of internet penetration, there is a pretty large discrepancy of internet speeds when you compare peak and non-peak hours. For example, Beijing can see internet speeds top 5.59 MB/s during slow parts of the day, but can drop to speeds as low as 4.07 MB/s when the highest number of people are attempting to access the web. This attests to a contrast ratio of about 72.81% and will cause for a noticeable difference in internet speed when trying to connect during the two different time periods. Much like Beijing, Fujian also experiences large differences between peak and non-peak hours of day with non-peak hours reaching speeds of 4.84MB/s but peak hours dipping to 3.86MB/s. This contrast ration of about 77% truly proves that the Chinese population has their favorite times of day to access the web and that during these times the local internet will be bogged down because of these high numbers of requests.
Although most provinces have large differences in internet speeds between busy and non-busy times of day, there are a few exceptions to the rule. Zhejiang, for example, will see internet speeds around 4.37MB/s during peak hours and will only see drops to around 3.68MB/s during the most hectic times of day. This contrast ratio of 84.21%, however, is one of the best of the country and some research will be needed if you want to find out exactly what the changes are in your region during peak and non-peak hours.
Much like the specific cities and provinces of China, the country’s three main telecoms also see large speed differences during busy and quiet hours of the day. China Mobile, the world’s largest telecom by providers, can experience speeds of 4.38MB/s during non-peak hours but will have speeds drop to 3.12MB/s during peak hours, a 71.23% contrast ratio. China Telecom was recorded to have speeds of 4.54MB/s during slow hours while having decreases to about 3.50MB/s during hectic times of day. Finally, China Unicom users experienced speeds of 4.20MB/s during non-peak hours when compared to peak hours of 3.28MB/s. Not surprisingly, China Mobile saw the largest discrepancy of peak to non-peak because of their extremely high number of internet subscribers.