It’s Official: Australian Internet Speeds Are Still Terrible [Infographic]

The Akamai State of the Internet Report is a quarterly analysis of internet connection speeds, network availability and IPv6 adoption progress around the world. Once again, Australia has slipped in global speed rankings – in large part due to our neutered (AKA “mixed technologies”) National Broadband Network.

With average speeds of just 9.6Mbps, we are now ranked 50th in the world – and are bested by multiple third-world countries. This infographic breaks down the chief findings.

The State of the Internet Report includes data gathered from across the Akamai Intelligent Platform during the third quarter of 2016, covering Internet connection speeds and broadband adoption metrics across both fixed and mobile networks as well as trends seen in this data over time. In the report, Australia is now ranked 50th in the world for its average national internet connection speed at 9.6 Mbps.

While this is a slight improvement on 2015 numbers, we are still languishing behind much of the world. By contrast, New Zealand currently enjoys an average internet speed of 11.3 Mbps. Even developing nations such as Thailand and Kenya managed to score average speeds in the double digits. (11.7 Mbps and 11 Mbps, respectively.) Furthermore, almost a quarter of Australia’s population still receive an average speed below 4 Mbps.

The full report can be read here but the key points that relate to Australia have been compiled by Compare Broadband into the following infographic.

“These figures truly bring to light the need for the NBN Rollout to be a successful infrastructure program as it will allow many Australians to receive an internet speed in line with the demands of today’s requirements,” Compare Broadband said in a statement.

So this is the state of the internet in Australia. And it could have been so beautiful.

[Via Compare Broadband]

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