Ask the average Aussie to rank our nation’s internet, and most will give a pretty damning assessment. The general consensus is that we pay too much money and receive slower speeds compared to the rest of the world. (Don’t even get us started on the neutered NBN.) But is our internet really that bad? The following infographic compares global internet quality across a range of categories including speed, cost, censorship and ease of access. Australia’s overall report card might surprise you…
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The below data was collected from a CPJ report focusing on internet censorship, as well as the Web Index findings for 2014 . As you can see, Australia didn’t fair spectacularly when it comes to speed or cost, ranking 13th and 32nd in the world, respectively. That puts us behind most other developed nations, including New Zealand which managed to place an impressive speed ranking of 5th in the world.
Interestingly, Australia’s universal internet access was ranked 12th worldwide. This suggests that more people can’t afford home internet than you might think.
The countries with the worst internet censorship includes all the usual subjects, although you may be interested to know that Iran, China and North Korea all failed to take out the top spot (indeed, the latter two didn’t even make the top five.) Instead, first place went to the State of Eritrea; a country in the Horn of Africa with one of the worst human rights records in the world. Kinda puts crummy internet speeds into perspective, doesn’t it?