Internet – Test the quality of your connection

60 Million launches Debitest 60, a new tool for evaluating the performance of fixed (ADSL, fiber optic) and mobile (3G, 4G) connections.

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Who has ever been criticized for delaying web pages? Against a dragging file? Or against a YouTube video that steps every thirty seconds?

Whether it’s on an outdoor smartphone or on a computer or tablet at home, the quality of internet connections is a problem for consumers. And the inequalities from one operator to another, from one department to another, sometimes even from one block to another, are very real.

A free and independent connection tester

60 million consumers offers everyone a new tool to test and compare their performance. DébiTest 60, which replaces our previous tester, evaluates both fixed Internet connections (those that go through an ADSL or fiber optic box) and mobile Internet connections (3G or 4G networks).

Regardless of the operators and Internet service providers, this tool is available in both:

  • in the form of an application for smartphone or tablet. Download it for free from Google Play if you have an Android device or from the App Store if you have an Apple device (iPhone, iPad);
  • directly to our website if you use a laptop or desktop computer, whatever the system (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.).

Compare with other internet users

Testing your connection is all the more useful as performance fluctuates over time. The tool provides a report on the performance of your T-connection. It keeps track of your measurements and compares them to the results of other Internet users.

In this sense, it is a collaborative tool: the more you use it, the more relevant the benchmarks will be. Over the months, it will allow the user community to identify areas of poor reception, especially for mobile networks. This will complement the measurements made by the Regulatory Authority for Communications and E-mails (Arcep), available on its My Mobile Network website.

Complete performance measurement

Steps 1 and 2 of the mobile connection tester
Steps 3 and 4 of the mobile connection tester

Our testing service is based on the 4G Mark tool, developed by QoSi, which specializes in measuring the quality of service and the quality of the user experience of telecommunications networks.

It measures the so-called “downstream” speed, that is, the speed at which the Internet user receives data. But also the speed of sending data (“up” rate). The latter is what counts when you post a video on social media, for example. With most internet subscriptions, the upload speed is slower than the download speed.

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Tests on YouTube and popular sites

If you notice when downloading or uploading a file, the benefit of a higher speed is not the guarantee of a smoother use of the Internet on a daily basis. Therefore, DébiTest 60’s measures include tests to connect to a number of popular sites and tests to play a video on YouTube. These complementary measures allow us to get closer to the user experience.

Used properly, this information can be a weapon to negotiate with your telecom operator in the event of a performance downgrade, or a decision-making aid for switching service providers.

Please note that creating a user account in DébiTest 60 is not required to use the service. But it does give you access to additional features: the ability to keep track of your measurement history and a performance-by-operator comparison of your location around your location. Creating an account is free.

Benjamin Douriez. Engineer: Thierry Martin

What are the permissions requested for the DébiTest 60 application?

The DébiTest 60 application requires access to certain features or data on your phone. Here’s why.

  • Geographic location: allows you to locate to compare your results with those of other users in the same geographic area.
  • SMS: allows you to send SMS to share the result.
  • Photos / multimedia content: allows you to write a temporary image file to the storage space to share the result.
  • Phone: provides information about your current mobile network and the status of ongoing calls that may be causing abnormal results.

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