When it comes to internet usage, Australia is not lagging far behind the rest of the world. The country may not be making as much progress as the United States, for example, but access is available to more than 80 percent of the country.
Although internet access is a good thing, we have to keep in mind that it is 2013. For this reason, people want to be able to move fast when browsing the online world. They don’t want to be held back, like they were in the 90’s when using a dial-up connection.
Unfortunately for many Australians, this is exactly what they are dealing with. Despite the fact that they have access to the internet, they are not able to get a connection that moves as quickly as they would like.
This may not be a big deal if the rest of the world was having the same issue, however, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, there are many countries with less developed infrastructure that provide faster internet to residents.
Not only is this an issue for residential customers, but those who are using the internet for work purposes also realize that this is a concern.
How Slow is Slow?
A recent “State of the Internet” report published by Akamai shows that the average internet speed in Australia is 4.7 Mbps. When compared to the final quarter of 2012, this is an increase in speed of roughly two percent. While this increase is better than none at all, it is far from what those in Australia are looking for.
When compared to the progression globally, an increase of 2.1 percent is actually subpar. The connection speed worldwide increased by an average of four percent. Now are you beginning to see why this is such a problem in Australia?
Things get a little better when peak internet speeds are taken into consideration, with an average of 26.3 Mbps. This is an increase over more than nine percent over the final quarter of last year, which shows a huge improvement. When compared to the global peak average of 18.4 Mbps, Australia is actually performing above average.
From quarter to quarter, the increase in speed may not appear to be anything special. But when you look at how far things have come since the first quarter of 2012, your ears should perk up. The average connection speed increased by 31 percent during this time. Furthermore, the peek speed increase to 58 percent during this period.
Slow when Compared to the Rest of the World
When you look at the way things have been going over the past few quarters, it is hard to imagine why Australians may be unimpressed. However, you have to take a strong look at the way the rest of the world is performing to get a better idea of what exactly is going on.
In terms of speed, Australia ranks 41st in the world. This is not very good, considering the fact that the country is more developed than many of those that hold the top 40 spots.
In better news, the average peak speed ranking for the national is 37th. While better than 41st, this is still far behind many parts of the world
Which Country is at the Top?
Many may be surprised to find that the fastest internet connection can be found in South Korea, thanks to an average of 14.2 Mbps. When it comes to the highest peak speed, Hong Kong, China takes the prize with a blistering 63.6 Mbps.
Once you look at those numbers, you will begin to see why so many are disappointed in the average internet speed available to most residents of Australia.
While Australia is not the bottom of the barrel in terms of internet speed, it is easy to see that the country is far behind other developed countries. For this reason, it needs to consider what it can do in terms of offering broadband access to more people while also increasing speed along the way.
With all this information, you may have a hard time remembering everything. Here are a few key stats that you should keep in mind:
- Australia’s average internet speed is 4.7 Mbps
- South Korea is the world leader with an average internet speed of 14.2 Mbps
- Australia is 41st in the world when it comes to average internet speed
Yes, Australia is far behind other areas of the world in terms of speed. However, the country is moving in the right direction and should find itself climbing the ranks in the years to come as long as it can stay on the right track. For Australian residents and business owners, this is a big deal.
Can it be Fixed?
Fortunately for residents in Australia, despite lagging behind other nations to a certain degree, the problem of slow (or semi-slow) internet can be solved.
It is hard to realize that things are moving in the right direction, but if you consider the stats above this is definitely the way the trend is moving. Over the past few quarters, dating back to 2012, local internet speed is definitely picking up.
Furthermore, it is important to consider the fact that a growing number of people throughout the country are gaining access to broadband internet.
This was first introduced to Australians in 2004-2005, at which time only 16 percent of the population had access. With each year since, there has been an increase. In 2010-2011, for instance, 73 percent of residents had broadband internet access.
Note: it is also important to pay attention to the fact that the overall number of residents with internet access, regardless of what type of connection, continues to gradually increase.
This problem, despite the fact that it is not as serious as it often times appears, can be fixed. Statistics show that things are getting better, and in the years to come Australia may find itself moving past other countries in terms of speed and number of internet users.