SpeedTest's Global Index is a monthly report that details all of the countries internet speeds around the world. It is a handy tool to use in order to keep track of Australia's progress in both mobile internet speeds, as well as fixed-broadband speeds. So for the month of May, how fast is Australia's internet compared to the rest of the world?
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Courtesy of SpeedTest's Global Index, May 2018
This report tells us a couple of things. At the moment, it seems that Australia is placed quite well in terms of mobile internet, with our current 4G LTE network. We have the eighth-fastest mobile internet in the world, with an average download speed of 50.38Mbps. This is due to our progressive competition, with Telstra, Optus and Vodafone all trying to outdo the other with faster mobile internet. This healthy competition has provided a significant boost to our mobile speeds.
Plus, with Vodafone recently launching their 4.9G network, and Optus and Telstra both planning to launch their 5G systems in the middle of next year, Australia's mobile internet will surely get even faster. With 5G internet tipped to be 10 times faster than fixed-broadband, there is a fair chance that Australia's mobile internet could receive a boost up to an average of 100Mbps of download speed. Considering the mobile speed leaders Norway are sitting on 62.70Mbps, we are not far off.
However, Australia's fixed-broadband speeds look a lot bleaker compared to the rest of the world. We currently have the world's 56th fastest fixed-broadband speed, averaging only 30.53Mbps. That number pales compared to the 170.99Mbps speeds that Singapore is getting, or even where tenth-placed Macau are sitting with 89.74Mbps.
The sole purpose of the Government creating NBNCo was so that they could connect Australia with a reliable and wholesaling fixed-broadband network that would also increase the download speeds of everybody's home internet. With the NBN promising maximum speeds of 100Mbps, it is important to make sure that you are on the fastest internet plan that you can afford.
Where once upon a time, fast internet was a luxury to many, nowadays it is starting to become more of a necessity as many services are moving to the digital formats. In terms of streaming services such as Netflix and Stan, they are a luxury. Businesses on the other hand require faster internet speeds for Cloud backups and transfers, and if they have offices off-shore, they will need to be able to Skype-call or have conferences.
Test your internet speeds, and click "Go" to give the SpeedTest tool a minute or so to get your results.
Consider browsing through our range of NBN internet providers or give us a call at 1300 321 160 to find a better NBN plan for you, to ensure that you are getting the most out of your broadband connection.