Which Australian ISP Provides The Best Netflix Speeds?

Which Australian ISP Provides The Best Netflix Speeds?

The quality of your Netflix experience is largely dependent on the speed of your internet connection. If things get too slow, you’ll be plagued with crappy resolution and streaming interruptions. The Netflix ISP Speed Index lists Australia’s major internet providers according to Netflix speeds. The overall rankings might surprise you.

The Netflix ISP Speed Index measures “prime time” Netflix performance on each major ISP. This is achieved by calculating the average bitrate of Netflix content in megabits per second (Mbps) streamed by Netflix members per ISP. All types of end user devices are included in the tally with an even spread across each provider. (Note: The ISP Index does not currently include mobile carriers.)

Naturally, the Index isn’t meant to be indicative of the maximum throughput or the maximum capacity of each ISP. Rather, it represents the average speeds as they specifically relate to Netflix streaming. Nevertheless, it’s interesting to see which ISPs provide the best Netflix.

Here are the results from last month (click to enlarge):

And here are the results since Netflix launched in Australia (click to enlarge):

Which Australian ISP Provides The Best Netflix Speeds?

As you can see from the above charts, Optus currently provides the speediest performance when it comes to Netflix streaming. By contrast, Telstra not only had the slowest results overall, but its speeds month to month were grossly inconsistent. (To be fair, Telstra has a larger presence in remote and rural areas, which may have affected the overall results.)

It’s worth noting that a speed of 2.34Mbps is more than enough for streaming Netflix without any hitches — the company recommends a minimum broadband connection speed of 0.5 megabits per second. However, when it comes to HD content, a speed of 5.0Mbps is recommended, which is well above all six Australian ISPs in the index. Hmmm.

For additional information on how Netflix calculates its rankings, head to its ISP Speed Index page.

[Via Netflix]


  • I wonder if anyone out there has a 4K tv and has tried streaming 4K content during peak usage. Does it work or is it shitty?

  • Really Optus wins!
    Bah what a joke.
    After signing up to the NBN with them I have just argued like hell to get out of my contract so I can go elsewhere . The speed they supplied me with is less than ADSL (a lot less) due to line congestion.

    • No, they merely have the best “average”.
      For outright “best” you need a breakdown by suburb, and connection type. Then be prepared to change suburb, or even state.

    • how far are you away from your local exchange? do you have lots of trees in your area? is the infrastructure old? do you have a monitored alarm? if so, do you have a central splitter? are using wifi internally or cabled straight to your modem?

      i only ask, because i have had shite speeds with internode for the last few years, but recently after a year and a half of harassing internode to hassle telstra, i have new cables form the pit to my premises and then more recently, they told me they ran new cable from the closest pit back up to the node, and ive jumped about 1.5Mbps in speed, used to get 2 to 2.5 if i was lucky, now getting 3.7 to 4.

      you can always get the Telecom Ombudsman on board too if they are fixing the issue.

    • Sadly, even with NBN, you will be put into a node, competing with other users. Depends on how much bandwidth the ISP has bought for that node, or something like that. I’m with TPG and have no issues reaching 100/40 (taking into consideration of line/transmission losses).

  • What’s disappointing, but perhaps not surprising, is that for ALL of those 6 the January figure is lower than previously.
    Although the second chart does show an upwards trend I guess it may well have peaked.

  • Does it bother anyone else that the speeds quoted for full HD Netflix is only 5Mbps and yet my ADSL2+ is running at well over that, at 18Mbps.

    Using iiNet Naked ADSL.

  • Is this just click bait? Not sure how Netflix really relates. My speeds are super crap but Netflix works super well – there is a point where for the purpose of Netflix its pointless comparing internet providers (unless you point out who counts it against usage).

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