Keep tabs on your ISP’s quality of service through Switzerland

Not the country, but the programme created by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. As the EFF website notes, 

Developed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Switzerland is an open source software tool for testing the integrity of data communications over networks, ISPs and firewalls. It will spot IP packets which are forged or modified between clients, inform you, and give you copies of the modified packets.

The raison d’etre of Switzerland is explained in this document, though the programme is far too geeky to be of any use to the majority of consumers. However, Switzerland seems to have beaten Google in providing tools to keep tabs on their ISPs. 

I wonder whether the integration of Switzerland (or comparable tool) to check for network neutrality / interference by ISPs in Sri Lanka would be useful to incorporate in the next iteration of Lirneasia’s Ashoka-Tissa broadband Quality of Service testing.

I have repeatedly heard that some leading ISPs in Sri Lanka who promote WiMax and their own VoIP telephony heavily are throttling torrents and Skype VoIP, but there’s no way to debunk or prove these allegations unless serious third party testing takes place.

Any takers?


  1. Net Neutrality: Economics and implications for ICT4Peace and ODR « ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace) - September 4, 2008

    […] to this ISP from SLT because they thought it afforded greater security and Quality of Service. EFF’s Switzerland tool, if Lirneasia or any other organisation ever get around to using it in SL, may offer some insight […]

  2. Revisiting the Colombo Declaration on Media Freedom: The importance of new media, the web and Internet « ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace) - October 22, 2008

    […] Frontier Foundation (EFF) to monitor practices and policies of ISPs in Sri Lanka, using tools like Switzerland (Slide 22). It could mature into an entity that provided education on web security, undertook […]

  3. Google and others release tool to detect Net filtering, blocking « ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace) - February 2, 2009

    […] other tools like EFF’s Switzerland and AT-Tester  from Lirneasia, Google and others have released beta versions of QoS tools […]

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