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Where does Australia rank? International Broadband Performance List Released

Ever wondered where Australia actually ranks on the international scale of internet performance? Are we as much of a connectivity vanguard as the media asserts? Well bubble bursted. The most recent ‘State of the Internet’ report from Akamai exposes the harsh truth that we only ranked a mediocre 42nd globally, with the nation’s average connection speed coming in at 7.6Mbps.

In fact, the rural, nature focused, and sheep booming landscape of New Zealand is surpassing us on the internet performance front. New Zealand’s average connection speeds of 8.4 Mbps, placed it 40th globally, two places ahead of Australia. In terms of high broadband adoption (above 10 Mbps), Australia again fell behind attaining a 44th position globally, whereas NZ was ranked 41st globally. The largest performance disparity however, was experienced in the ‘broadband adoption above 4Mbps’ category, where NZ was ranked 28th, well above Australia's ranking of 50th.

Top 10 list of countries with the fastest Internet speeds on the basis of average connection speed:

1. South Korea 23.6 Mbps

2. Ireland 17.4 Mbps

3. Hong Kong 16.7 Mbps

4. Sweden 15.8 Mbps

5. Netherlands 15.3 Mbps

6. Japan 15.2 Mbps

7. Switzerland 14.9 Mbps

8. Norway 14.1 Mbps

9. Latvia 13.8 Mbps

10. Finland 13.7 Mbps

...

42. Australia 7.6 Mbps

However there is hope looming that we may be able to overtake our backyard rivals and increase our international broadband ranking soon. The NBN initiative brings with it a bright bag of performance potential which could enable us to climb the ranking ladder and become better internationally acclaimed for our internet performance. With the fibre optic roll out offering download speeds up to 100Mbps, Australia is looking more of a fierce contender on the ranking list. It will be interesting to review Australian’s international ranking once the NBN roll out has be deployed across Australia.

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