FOR THE NEXT FORTNIGHT, I will interact with the internet only via an over-the-air connection. We have to force ourselves to test drive the internet at mobile data speeds because that's the service level many of our creative multimedia degree students have when using our Moodle virtual education environment. I learn several valuable things when constraining myself to a bedsit data plan like those attached to mobile phone providers. In my case, I'm using O2-Ireland's service. As the chart shows, I don't get anything like broadband speeds in my bedsit because I'm sheltered from the O2 wireless radiation by a centuries-old granite castle. So my data service is measured, yet consistent. Careful observers will notice that the O2 3G SIM I use is delivering nothing close to broadband speed in my home. To get data over the air that rips quickly, I have to open my laptop or mobile phone another 400 metres to the northeast.
I intend to post a summary of my findings for my fellow educators to consider because everyone needs to adjust their online learning materials to reduce latency and to improve student interactivity. There's no better way to demonstrate this test than by actually immersing in slowband over-the-air yourself.