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The % rating is not always reliable. In different places in the world, people may have different types of internet connection. What is good for them is not always good for others. Also location is a very important factor.
The better method would be to specify the hosting server's total and available bandwidth/speed (i.e. the connection that the server that hosts the image to connect to the internet).
The reason I say it is this:
The other day, I downloaded SuSE Live 9.2 from a mirror which was highly rated and I got a very slow connection and the download took about 36 hours continuously on my slow cable connection. At the end of it, my download was corrupted probably due to long duration of inactivity with the download.
Yesterday I downloaded Knoppix 3.6 from another mirror and I good a consistently good speed of download and it took only 21 hours. And the downloaded file was good and uncorrupted.
So to me, the difference between a good connection and a bad connection is about 15 hours of wasted time and also a possible corrupted ISO image.
It would be nice if this info is available, however I agree that it may not always be accurate.
OK. If there are any other options to better representing a mirror's reliability/bandwidth, it would be nice.
However, being in India, I must say that in general, I find the Japanese/Singapore/Australasian/Pacific mirrors much faster and offer more consistent connections for my needs than mirrors in Europe or the US.