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

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]


  • Does this study use maximum speeds available at the address, or the speed the consumer has chosen? For example, what if a site has 100 MBPS NBN service available, but a user only purchases the 12 MBPS service – do we count the 100 or 12?

    • It’ll be what Akamai have seen being pulled down from their content delivery network – so it’ll be what the user has subscribed to, not what their line may be capable of on a good day.
      I’d guess it doesn’t include the constant drop-outs of FTTN either.

    • Neither. Both 100 and 12 are “up to” speeds. That is, the NBN guarantees that you downloads will not exceed these speeds.
      Akamai is measuring average actual download speed. When your 100mbps connection runs at 1mbps on a Friday night this will drag down the average quite a bit.

  • 9 wow.
    Exetel around newcastle – I average 2 too often 1 thrilled when 3 or more, and occasionally 4-5

  • I’m well and truly in the category of those under 4Mb/s. 300kB/s is usually the best I can get, and I am only a few kms outside of the Perth CBD

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