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  1. #1
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    * Cogent v Above.net

    I have discovered that due to the ****** state of internet connectivity in New Zealand, I can not access any sites on Cogent bandwidth.

    Can someone please tell me what Above.net is like compared to Cogent? I have searched, but there is no direct comparison.

    Thanks, Matt.

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    Above.net has lower latency than Cogent 90% of the time. Quite a lot of Cogent only providers are now adding Above.net for redundancy.

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    OK, but it will be my primary server bandwidth provider

    See my unmetered server is currently on Cogent, but over the last 3 weeks the connection between that and New Zealand has got progressively worse.

    I can now move my server to Above.net, and am just wondering how it comapres to Cogent.

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    Given the chance I would definitely choose Above.net as it has statistically lower latency and in practice is much better.

    Stuart
    | BlueWave Communications Ltd - The Island's Communications Provider
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    What is the price difference between the 2 at the 1 GBPS level?

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    Seeing as you cant connect to cogent, doesnt leave you much of a choice except to move to the abovenet if thats the other option your colo provider offers.

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    Well the other option was to move colo's

    Want to know if they are good before I commit to them. From BlueWave's comments, it seems they are.

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    If you're in New Zealand, you may look into some of the carrier with larger footprints. I would say look at MCI or global crossing. Both of those carriers have some footprint in the Asia/Australia region. Alternatively, i have seen that carriers with peers to SingTel also help Australia/New Zealand in terms of connectivity. Providers on the West coast of the US will definately help as it cuts down latency somewhat

  9. #9
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    funny that you all blame Cogent, maybe you should ask you NZ Internet provider to increase their peering links. It seems pretty obvious the latency is one way.

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    Its not just my ISP, its the whole of New Zealand

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    cogent all the way

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    Cogent does not have any connectivity outside of the US and Europe.
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    Abovenet Is Wonderful

    Above.net is of much higher quality than Cogent. Cogent is considered the cheapest bandwidth provider.

    I would stongly recommend you go with a provider that could provide you a mix of multiple providers (BGP) such as Above.net and other high quality providers.

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    Originally posted by XSV
    What is the price difference between the 2 at the 1 GBPS level?
    Roughly (at that commit level):

    Cogent - $10/Mbps
    Above - $18/Mbps

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    I would definetly recommend above.net, you may have cogent for backup.
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