I just did an ACT Fibernet speed test in our location, and so far, I’m happy with the overall performance. I have been using BSNL broadband before moving to Bangalore. It was a regular ADSL connection offering 8 Mbps speed on paper. For BSNL, when you access broadband on telephone cable, upload speed is just about a quarter of the download speed. But if you test ACT Fibernet, the upload speed is more than the download speed, most of the time. That is very useful for webmasters, and people who use online storage services.
ACT Fibernet has an all-optic network across Bangalore and other areas it operates. Hence, the latency is low, and the data speed remains the same in all weather conditions unless there is an issue with the underground cable or the junction boxes. I use ACT’s 100 Mbps Blaze plan, which gives 450 GB bandwidth quota in Bangalore. Have a look at the results from Ookla’s speedtest.net website, on macOS a desktop using Firefox browser.
ACT Fibernet speed test
As you can see, I get around 85-90% of the promised download and upload speed on WiFi. Unfortunately, I don’t have a system with a LAN port to speed test ACT Fibernet on the wired environment. However, my neighbors, who connect to the router through LAN, report a steady connection speed near 95 Mbps.
The speed also depends on the broadband router that you are using. Since mine is a single-band, Mi 3C router, the upper-speed reading won’t go beyond 95 Mbps. So if you’re subscribing to an ACT plan above 150 Mbps, get a router with gigabit WAN or LAN port, and preferably WiFi 802.11ac support. TP Link’s Archer C1200 is excellent hardware to start with, especially for ACT Fibernet plans above 100 Mbps and up-to 1GBps.
ACT Fiber broadband speed review and real-world test results
Ookla’s speed test app gives you a rough idea on how ACT Fibernet performs, in Mbps values. However, some might be wanting to know the speeds in MBps or the real-world file upload and download speeds. Again, the MBps speed test is not always constant- it changes on the basis the connectivity and location of the server hosting the target files. For this test, I use DigitalOcean to download a file from an Indian and US server using ACT Fibernet 100 Mbps connection. I will also show you how the broadband works on uploading files to a OneDrive, a popular file hosting service from Microsoft.
Speed test results as on February 2020:
- Downloading files from Digital Ocean: 8 MBps (India), and 5 MBps (USA).
- Upload: 5 MBps for OneDrive uploads.
- Torrent download speed: 250 KBps-1.5MBps in most of the situations.
We have tested 4K HDR content on a Sony TV. The playback was smooth and without any buffering session. Check our video on ACT speed test for all details.
Conclusion: ACT Fibernet is a top choice for stable broadband services at a reasonable price. They have also topped Ookla’s latest report on wired broadband speeds in India. The Pro is the more or less equal download and upload speed, support, and network coverage. However, the downside is the torrent download speed, which is probably low as I have used a VPN for the test.