How Fast Is My Broadband?

The easiest way is to do a broadband speed test 🙂

This broadband speedtest was done in Wallawatta, on a weekday between 8pm to 9pm with Airtel, Dialog, Etisalat, Hutch. I did three test for each network with a time gap of 5 to 10 minutes, and then arrived at the average. The main objective of this test was to decide whether I should change my Internet Service Provider (ISP) or stick with Dialog.

Download Speed (Mbps) Upload Speed (Mbps)
Airtel 0.88 0.11
Dialog 2.20 0.31
Etisalat 3.25 0.08
Hutch 2.81 0.15

For detailed test data please click here.

I know it would have given a better picture if I had done a number of speed tests at different times of the day and on different days – weekdays, weekends etc. I actually did, but somehow lost them. Please note Mobitel was not included in this speedtest as I did not have a Mobitel SIM with me.

Ok, now lets go back to the speedtest results. Looking at the download figures, one would say Etisalat is the best followed by Hutch, Dialog and then Airtel. However I am a bit concerned about the upload figures as well, since  I rely on cloud computing to sync all my devices at home and office.

What is your view on this, please share your experiences as well, thanx in advance 🙂



  1. Good & useful post, Shazly ! I too hear that Etisalat downloads speeds are bit high on average compared to other operators. They claim to be using some HSPA+ isn’t it ? (I don’t actually know the difference !). Btw, good to see Hutch too in the competition but their packages don’t seem to be competitive enough. Anyway, what have you decided ? Stick with Dialog ?! (I’m satisfied with my Dialog package, coz of the speed as well as the fixed rental !)

    1. Hey! Gopi.. HSPA+ is the basic LTE network but not actually the complete 4G experience.. jus’ the speed differs between HSPA & HSPA+ around 20MB may be..  And yes, indeed a useful article for all the people who’re in confusion to buy a new connection from an ISP. I’d suggest you to put the ping rate also.. depend on that we can observe the speed & the accuracy.. 🙂

      1. Thanks for the info Azker ! As per TRCSL Speed Test results for April,( ) they claim only Etisalat and Airtel are using HSPA+. Dialog and mobitel are using HSPA. Tey’ve given a seperate speed comparison for Etisalat and Airtel in the above link. So, I wonder why Dialog (& Mobitel) is focusing on LTE (or the 4G ?) without first switching to HSPA+ ? I mean it’ll be better if they provide HSPA+ first. LTE, anyway will take time to be implemented.
        If Dialog can provide above speed (Shazly’s test) with HSPA (mind the customer base and traffic too) then they should be able to deliver more with HSPA+, right ?!

      1. I agree with that. I have been with Dialog for years, since they started hspa , never exceeded my data limit, since of the last 4 months I’ve been charged for extra usage. If there anyway to track usage? I can track usage on my adsl connection .

        1. I use an app called 3G Watchdog on my android handset, which you can find it on the Play Store. And um sure there will be apps like that for other OS’s as well.

  2. Can’t believe Airtel is so damn slow. It actually looks better in my prepaid package though. The speed is quite competitive.
    Anyway it’s time to drop my dialog broadband and switch to Etisalat. Thanks for the info Shazly

  3. Thank you so much for taking your time, dedication and energy to conduct this speed test bro 🙂 Seems like Etisalat is at the top with its download speeds. In my experience as a broadband user, I have tried Dialog, Airtel and Mobitel but Etisalat actually delivers the speed it promises. But as @twitter-63758487:disqus  and Binku mentioned, customers get more bandwidth when there are less customers. Let’s hope Etisalat delivers the same speed when there are more broadband subscribers to its broadband internet packages. As for me and my fellow Etisalat users, we are enjoying our need for speed 😀