Internet speed rankings: Australia behind SL

2017-03-16 09:23:50

Australia's internet speed has ranked as the 51st slowest out of 108 countries around the world, lagging behind underdeveloped nations such as Kenya and Sri Lanka.

Internet connections Down Under are considered poorer and slower than 50 other countries, with South Korea topping the list as having the fastest connectivity.

Australia's online bandwidth has pathetic internet speeds compared to the likes of South Korea, Norway, Sweden, Hong Kong and Switzerland - which all have speed above 20 megabits per second (mbps).

Australia's average speed was recorded at 10.01 mbps, seven megabits behind the USA which hits 17.2mbps, Akamai's State of the Internet report found.

Underdeveloped nations such as Kenya recorded far better connectivity speeds than Australia - the east African country listed at the 23rd fastest in the world with an impressive average of 15mbps.

The Philippines were recorded as having the worst internet speed of all the countries surveyed.

In 2015 Australia was sitting at 48th on the list with an average internet speed of 9.6mbps, but last year the country slipped out of the top 50 entirely.

'Quarterly changes were positive across the board except for Australia, which posted a 1.9 per cent decline in adoption,' the report notes.

Vietnam and India were the only two countries to enjoy double-digit growth.

But mobile connectivity in Australia is topping the Asia Pacific region at 13.8mbps, which is higher than the global average of 7mbps.

The disappointing connectivity in Australia was blamed on its unfinished implementation of NBN across the country.

'Providing fast, reliable internet to a vast rural population of this scale is a challenge that no other country has to deal with,' Akamai said.

It is hard to compare Australia's speeds to a small and densely populated country like Singapore, for example, where a single switch provides hundreds of thousands of people with internet.

The original premise of the National Broadband Network vowed it would make Australia a world leader in internet connectivity. (Daily Mail)

  Comments - 9

  • Ahmed Thursday, 16 March 2017 09:56

    its sad to hear them calling us an under developed nation. anyway we cant blame them for telling us the truth.

    Reply : 4       38

    Rajiv Thursday, 16 March 2017 10:53

    Mobile Connectivity in Ausi is Higher. This goes to show that most of them want the internet on the Go and no more Home ADSL. The technology is moving which in SL one TV Station does not understand.

    Reply : 16       14

    Bingo Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:54

    Do not tell the truth to Sri Lankans about the world. They get hurt!

    Reply : 2       9

    saman Thursday, 16 March 2017 16:45

    In Sydney, I get 52Mb/s and I pay Rs 14,000.00 per month for it.

    Reply : 1       3

    weera Thursday, 16 March 2017 21:06

    In Canada I pay Rs.6200.00 for 200Mbs

    Reply : 0       0

    Aiyo Friday, 17 March 2017 06:06

    You have been ripped off. There are heaps of much much better deals.

    Reply : 1       2

    upul Thursday, 16 March 2017 21:00

    Luckily we are underdeveloped.

    Reply : 0       2 Thursday, 16 March 2017 22:17

    Well, this is not strange when it comes to Aussies who are very laid back people that love slow sports like cricket and slow drinks like beer. They are a passive lot who have no time for internet, making the speed a non-issue. Aussies are completely cut off from the rest of the world and the rest of the world is not concerned about what goes on there unless some disaster happens. This goes for New Zealand as well. However, for Sri Lankans and some other Asian countries, Downunder seems a hell of a great deal.

    Reply : 0       1

    Wanju Thursday, 16 March 2017 23:17

    Australia behind Srilanka in internet connectivity and Srilanka ahead in corruption.Proud to be Srilankan.

    Reply : 1       8

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