Australia comes 55th in broadband tests

By Jonathan Nally
Wednesday, 09 August, 2017

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Research from the UK shows that Australia ranks 55th in the world for broadband download speeds.

Compiled by from more than 63 million tests across 189 countries, the data covers the 12 months up to 10 May this year.

The research was conducted by M-Lab, a partnership between New America's Open Technology Institute, Google Open Source Research, Princeton University's PlanetLab and other partners.

Singapore came top of the list, while our neighbour, New Zealand, ranked 25 points higher than Australia at number 30 on the list.

According to the research, the five countries with the fastest download speeds have speeds around 40 times faster than the five slowest.

Singapore’s average download speed was measured at 55.13 Mbps, while Australia’s is just 7.7 Mbps.

At those speeds, downloading a 7.5 GB HD movie would take 18 minutes and 34 seconds in Singapore, but more than two hours in Australia.

"Once again our inferior broadband service has been revealed. Once again the Kiwis have left us for dead in the race to embrace the emerging digitally enabled future,” said Laurie Patton, executive director of Internet Australia.

"This is further evidence of the need for a bipartisan rethink of the nbn strategy. We need our politicians to come together on this issue in the national interest.

"The rate we're going whoever is in office will be lumbered with the biggest national infrastructure debacle of all time."

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