Netflix Speed Index: Who’s The Fastest ISP Of Them All?

Netflix Speed Index: Who’s The Fastest ISP Of Them All?
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The Netflix speed index for March is out and it’s generally good news for Australian internet users. While there’s been a reshuffle at the top of the leaderboard, performance across the index is improving with most ISPs recording faster speeds over the last month. But some are getting better faster than others with while one former top dog has fallen down the rankings by two positions.

Looking at the top five, all of the ISPs/RSPs saw their performance improve – except for Aussie Broadband. TPG retained fifth position but improved its speed from 4.19Mbps to 4.26Mbps – easily the largest increase.

Netflix Speed Index: Who’s The Fastest ISP Of Them All?Image: Netflix

Telstra NBN retained the top spot and MyRepublic entered the top ten with its NBN service. After Telstra split its NBN and non-NBN services in the index, most of the other ISPs have followed suit, creating a ‘dual index’ of NBN and non-NBN rankings.

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Aussie Broadband didn’t suffer a performance decline. But Optus NBN and iiNet NBN improved significantly and leap-frogged the popular challenger brand with the country’s three largest ISPs now taking over the top three spots.

Telstra NBN’s position at the top of the table seems untouchable for now although their non-NBN service, while getting a little faster did fall by one position in the rankings.

It’s worth noting that the speed index is a measure of Netflix performance and not overall ISP/RSP performance.

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  • You do not check every house in every street in Australia with NBN to ascertain the highest speeds of Ping/Download/Upload at different times during the day, neither do you check the variables of cable, fibre, copper, node distances from servers to dwellings and vice versa.
    My server is TPG and download alone at the worst time is 97 Mbps, top speed is 102.4 Mbps.
    In my area Telstra has the lowest speed among the most popular servers as I have the test equipment to indicate all speeds.

  • After checking the “Netflix speed index”, my understanding is that this probably measures which ISP has the greatest proportion of high speed, Netflix customers ie not at all measuring the fastest/best ISP at all.
    I’d expect budget conscious consumers would shy away from Telstra and opt for lower speed plans. Affluent consumers might select Telstra and choose higher speed plans.
    I’d be pleased if more light were shed on this, but as it stands, the headline seems misleading.

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