Australia is still not at the top of the league table when it comes to home broadband speeds. According to Ookla Speedtest which is the most popular online speed test, Australia is number 60 and had slower internet speeds than New Zealand, China and other countries that are less developed. In January Ookla found the average download speed was 33 megabits per second whilst the average household upload speed in Australia was 13Mbps.
Speeds are going to improve over time
Singapore is the top performing country with an average download speed of 197 Mbps which is blazing fast. Small states like Malta, Qatar and even Trinidad & Tobago had faster average download speeds than Australia. The country’s ranking fell five spots this year. Last year Ookla ranked Australia 55 whilst a separate study ranked Australia at 50 in the same category. An increasing number of homes are now connected and it is expected that speeds will get faster.
Consumers want faster connections
Many consumers are increasingly opting to pay more for higher speed connections with many signing up for the top speeds available. However, if Ookla is to be believed, then Australian home broadband speeds are relatively slow in comparison to the rest of the world. Experts say that average home broadband speeds in Australia have actually become faster over the last year. The average fixed line broadband speed last year was 26Mbps which is obviously slower than 33.28Mbps.
Mobile internet speeds in Australia are impressive
Experts say that the steep increase in average home broadband speeds points to an overall improvement in performance once consumers hook themselves up. Whilst Australia is not at the top of the list in terms of home broadband fixed line speeds, it is a completely different matter when it comes to mobile. The same study performed by Ookla ranks Australia as sixth in the world for mobile speeds with an average of 56Mbps which is very impressive.