After the comments in the last post I decided to find some numbers behind the Mozambique experience of Stuff and NZHerald.
Happily the Stuff website eventually came back up. However the experience is less than stellar. My first test shows the home page took 22 seconds to load. Another attempt a few minutes later (done after the first NZHerald test below) showed over 1 minute 20 seconds, thanks to a laggard ad served from Fairfax:
Meanwhile the size of the first homepage was over a megabyte (That’s $10-$30 at going international mobile data roaming rates), while the second attempt was closer to 1.5mb.
The Herald first attempt was very slow – almost a minute, and the second 1.7 minutes. None of this is interactive browsing.
However the NZHerald page was a lot smaller than Stuff’s – at 605kb, and it was the same size the second time as well. It helped that their advertisements were static jpgs, versus Stuff that showed video or flash.
The total bandwidth used for loading both homepages twice was about 4 Mb – or $40-$120 in Mobile roaming charges.
I’m using the (very unreliable) wifi in the hotel – and so there is no imminent bankruptcy. Regardless, I have found that reading news websites from Mozambique is a patience exercise – and one that I have almost always failed.
As an aside – the repeat story on the NZHerald home page was amusing this NZ morning. Seems the story was in two categories, and made it to the front page in each. That should not be able to happen.