About Open Nettest

Open Nettest is an open-source platform, which measures the Internet connection with a strong focus on quality and reliability. Besides usual indicators like upload and download speed, Nettest performs over 70 unique tests aimed to assess the quality of connection and net neutrality. With more than 80 parameters measured, Nettest is probably the most holistic measurement tool available in the market. Nettest is currently being used by several European regulators. It is vendor-independent, based on crowd-sourcing, open sourced and able to output anonymised open data.

Nettest is a proven solution which has been tested and fine-tuned in several implementations, thus reaching status of maturity comparable to or even outreaching proprietary commercial systems. The system can be deployed within a few weeks enabling us to prototype the platform very early and add features iteratively according to the actual priorities. The discussion about priorities and deployed features happens regularly among the product owner and the stakeholders as the project progresses.

Nettest is in full compliance with BEREC reports from 2014 and 2016 that recommends parameters of IAS quality monitoring system. Open Nettest is a complex tool offering reliable and credible testing of internet connection. It offers complex information regarding connection quality of all users. It is possible to compare results between end users of all operators. It offers the possibility to determine the level of user satisfaction with their internet connection, as well as with their internet provider. It allows for detailed comparison of real results with outputs of testing applications of mobile operators. The platform is based on the principles of crowd sourcing – very effective data collection method using smartphones and other devices with web browsers. It provides well-organised, detailed graphical and statistical depiction of results, as well as mapping of testing processes for all users.

It enables rapid implementation due to its open source and fast deployment nature. It uses open-source and open data principles to maximize benefits for both regulators and end users.

The platform reduces regulator’s operation costs. It enables easy measurements of the internet connection quality. It provides reliable documentation in case of a litigation.

It promotes the end user enablement through the availability of real internet quality data, the data for efficient complaints resolution. It also enables the user to make informed purchasing decision when selecting ISP and thus increases market competition, leading to an increased level of user satisfaction.

Open Source

Open source means that the source code of Open Nettest software is publicly accessible and that Specure has put the components it has developed under an open source licence. This is for transparency and reliability reasons to make it possible to understand the test methodology by viewing the actual source-code, and to ensure that measurements are correct and reliable.

Open Data

Open Nettest comes with a JSON interface to publish all measurement details. Any interested party is allowed to use these data for any reason. This guarantees independency and reliability of the measurements details. Of course, all data is anonymized before putting it publicly to open-data.

Easy to Use

Open Nettest allows users to obtain information on the current service quality of their Internet connection in the context of net neutrality and provides them with comprehensive information, including statistical data. Open Nettest provides:

  • a speed test for download speed, upload speed and round trip time (ping);
  • several quality of service tests, which determines net neutrality. This includes testing of TCP-/UDP-ports, a VOIP/jitter test, proxy tests, DNS tests, etc.;
  • a map view of all test results with filter options for test parameters, statistics, operator, device and time of day;
  • several in-depth statistics;
  • a red/yellow/green evaluation of the test result (“traffic-light”-system);
  • the option to synchronise results of various devices and display them in the browser;
  • the user’s own test history,
  • representative, comparable test results, statistical analysis and visual illustration via heat map.

Privacy and security

All public available test results are exclusively providing anonymously data.

By anonymization personal data will not be available online. In particular, the following parameters will not be published: Measure ID of the client, sync code and sync group of the clients, the complete IP address, Wi-Fi network name (SSID) and Wi-Fi numeric identifier (BSSID).

The end user confirms the privacy policy prior to measurements. This also contains the information in detail, which data is collected 

and stored. The data protection regulations will be drawn up by a lawyer who is specialized in privacy.

All personal data, even those that are not publicly displayed will be anonymized after a certain period of time. E.g. after 6 months. This anonymization also has to be performed in backups.

The transmission of the data provided by the test client is only possible through HTTPS respectively TLS secured connections.

On all platforms the user receives upon location tracking an announcement which he has to approve or reject.

If an open data interface is desired, the client can accurately determinate the date to be accessible by the public.

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