Australians experience slow internet, but enjoy very fast mobile

Australia now ranks inside the top 10 for 4G speeds and the top 20 for 4G availability.

Australians experience slow internet, but enjoy very fast mobile

According to the latest quarterly State of the Internet report published by Akamai Technologies, Australia has, over the past few years, dropped to 48th place in global average broadband connection speed rankings. Australia has been steadily falling further down this list, even as the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) continues.

According to another report on Australia’s internet speeds, published by wireless mapping company OpenSignal – State of Mobile Networks: Australia, what Australia lacks in the way of overall connected internet speeds it makes up for with its mobile data capabilities.

The report suggests that Australia now ranks inside the top 10 for 4G speeds and the top 20 for 4G availability, with 3G speeds also exceeding global averages. Most notably, the report identified that Australia is actually too far ahead when it comes to network innovation, with both Telstra and Optus already deploying LTE-Advanced networks, which are capable of speeds faster than is accessible by current smartphone technology.

The report compared Telstra, Vodafone and Optus on several criteria, with the most important being 4G download speeds and 4G availability. Telstra was the clear winner, boasting the fastest 4G download speeds and equal highest 4G availability of any carrier. Vodafone came in a close second ahead of Optus.

Read more at www.opensignal.com
Read more at www.delimiter.com.au

Opinion: Telcos do the heavy lifting

Australia was ranked 30th in global average broadband connection speed rankings just under three years ago. The NBN was being rolled out and further improvements were expected. We now find ourselves halfway through 2016 sitting 48th on the global rankings list, with further slippage expected in coming quarters, as the rest of the world implements and upgrades faster than we can through current projects. 

Where the Government has failed to implement timely improvements to internet speeds through the NBN project, the cashed-up telcos have continued to lead the way through mobile innovation. With the introduction of the NBN, a key source of income will be taken away from the Telstras and Optuses of the world, so the telcos are forced to innovate and capture other markets.

It’s pleasing to learn just how far advanced our mobile networks really are. The OpenSignal report recorded average mobile data download speeds of 17.1 Mbps from Telstra services. As a comparison, this is more than double the overall average recorded download speeds for other broadband connections within Australia.

The NBN, once delivered to every household in Australia, will be a step forward for internet speeds in this country. Until then, with more than 50 per cent of internet usage now being conducted on mobile devices, Australia’s ability to continue to innovate in the mobile data space is key and we seem to be safe with healthy competition in the marketplace.

Should more be done to hasten the implementation of the NBN? Do you support the Federal Opposition’s election promise of $2 billion additional investment in the NBN for ‘fibre to the home (FTTH)? Do you use your mobile device because your fixed-line connection is so slow?

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    MICK
    16th Jun 2016
    10:35am
    The conclusion drawn that the NBN will fix broadband speeds ignores the fact that the butcher of Canberra (Turnbull) has vandalised the concept with his copper/fibre rush of blood to the brain. So now we have a lemon. And it has cost as much as the original project with more costs to come.
    LiveItUp
    16th Jun 2016
    11:09am
    Mick obviously you have yet to experience the NBN and know very little about what is really happening with it. The original NBN could not have been built unless the costs blew out considerably. There was no way all those cables were going to fit in the existing pits for a start.
    Fredklaus
    16th Jun 2016
    1:15pm
    mick LIKE

    Bonney,Disagree
    Greg
    16th Jun 2016
    1:43pm
    "There was no way all those cables were going to fit in the existing pits for a start."

    All those cables? It's one hose like cable not a pipe - easily fit in the existing pit runs.

    Mr Technology is full of s...
    moke
    16th Jun 2016
    3:34pm
    Lucky those who have NBN and it works, my BROADBAND is no faster than Dial up I had years ago when someone advised the more you pay the better the service. e.g. if you are on a low paid scheme when the big ones come on line you get kicked off and have to dial again cost another phone call. Also if one complains you get a non English speaking person who gabbles on and on even when you explain that you can't hear or understand. But WOW a visit to a shop to day and a young lady really showed me what customer service was I was thrilled with the information she had available and cost Zero Thank heavens for the younger generation with knowledge and knowhow
    MICK
    16th Jun 2016
    8:20pm
    Bronny: always the LNP troll. Your misunderstanding about fibre technology is only surpassed by your knowledge about political matters.
    LiveItUp
    16th Jun 2016
    11:19am
    As you know I am connected to the NBN wireless network. I am guaranteed speeds of 10 Mbs but get as high as 50 Mbs. Most times it runs just over 20 Mbs. I have never had problems with any buffeting since I was connected to the NBN. We use many devices including a smart TV that streams wirelessly at the other end of the house with no trouble at all. Personally I can't see why any one would want it any faster than what we have.

    My mobile runs at about 10 Mbs on the 4G network.

    Now I live quite a distance from the nearest town on a rural property so what I have I consider to be excellent.

    I also know that most people sign up to the NBN with carriers who give them a cheaper rate if their NBN runs no faster than 10 Mbs. So if they do that then they really can't expect it to run at 50 or 100 Mbs. Now wonder they say it runs no faster than their mobile internet. If they want faster NBN they simply have to pay more for it.

    There are many myths about the NBN so hopefully I have sorted a few of them out.
    particolor
    16th Jun 2016
    11:21am
    Well you don't live anywhere near me ! Its UTS here ! :-( :-(
    particolor
    16th Jun 2016
    11:19am
    Tell me about it ! :-( After them Blowing up my old Modem I finally just received the New One and its no faster than the Old one :-( As someone said below They cant get a Fat Cable into a Skinny Pipe :-) :-) Einstein !! :-)
    MICK
    16th Jun 2016
    8:22pm
    After leaving Optus as fast as I could run I have 2 spare modems which work for broadband and NBN. Yours if you want one. Plan B is to use them as anchors.
    particolor
    17th Jun 2016
    9:23am
    They sent me the latest !! Thanks Mick, but on further study last night I discovered its out there somewhere ? causing the problems ! Telstra might have to dig all their plumbing up I think ! :-) SLOW ! and stops at times ? :-(
    Marten
    16th Jun 2016
    11:56am
    Personally I have experienced fibre optics, not only overseas but also in Melbourne. I also do not agree with the way the present roll-out is taking place; it is simply shortsighted to use FTTN and existing copper network, which eventually would need to be replaced by FTTH as used extensively in Europe and even in some parts of Australia. One may compare it with building an expressway with traffic only going one direction, as they have in Adelaide, and then doubling it with two-way traffic at a much higher cost a few years later.
    MICK
    16th Jun 2016
    8:24pm
    The whole Turnbull technology (for lack of a better word) is a disaster which has cost us all. And now of course it is now Labor's fault. Some things never change.
    vincent
    16th Jun 2016
    12:04pm
    Bonny your posts are utter rubbish. You constantly are contradicting your self and they are just a waste of space. Just trowing up comments and see how others react, there is simply no consistency in your reasoning. As far as the NBN towers are concerned that is just ticking boxes. They are not placed in locations where they maximize the benefit for the community, just the cheapest option for the Telco concerned. It would be interesting if a survey would be conducted into the effectiveness of the placing of those towers, There are two in my neighbourhood that do not fit the bill. Yes and some people have to rely on mobile services for our internet, woefully inadequate and constant dropouts that is my lot. We are that far behind the rest of the world is it not funny. And it effects everything from business to healthcare and everything in between.
    LiveItUp
    16th Jun 2016
    12:15pm
    If you think my experience is rubbish then you are just showing your ignorance. According to the NBN map I have 5 NBN towers in my area but I don't know how many mobile towers.

    What I liked best about the NBN other than it being faster than my old virtually unusable ADSL is that it is a lot cheaper with a lot more bells and whistles.

    Any contradiction is in other people's minds not in what I say.
    MICK
    16th Jun 2016
    8:26pm
    Your comment is well understood vincent.
    KSS
    16th Jun 2016
    12:22pm
    The rollout of the NBN began in Tasmania in 2009 with the first trials. Moved to the mainland metropolitan areas in 2010. Now 2016 and still no ETA for suburbs not even 20kms from Sydney. SO pace yourselves. You are going to have to carry this pouting and indignation for a few more years yet. Even the ALP have blown out their own timeframes to 2022.

    And as for heaping praise on Telstra... they can't keep what they already have running for more than a month at a time without it falling over and disconnecting their customers. Doesn't matter what the download speed is if there is no connection! Free access is irrelevant too under those circumstances
    ray @ Bondi
    16th Jun 2016
    1:35pm
    I live in bondi, tell me about it.
    MICK
    16th Jun 2016
    8:30pm
    It is frustrating. In all fairness imagine we had no roads and a government had decided to build a road system. Would anybody realistically expect such a project to be completed in 5 years?
    You are not the only person experiencing frustration awaiting the arrival of the NBN. I am in a similar boat but broadband is sufficient. Beats dial-up any day.
    nena
    16th Jun 2016
    1:33pm
    I´m connected to the NBN for a couple of years. I have not seen any speed difference but it did not worry me for a while. For the last few months I´m experiencing a notable slow down especially because I´m doing some voluntary work which requires me searching and/or download some material. I´m not an expert en technology therefore I´m unable to state for sure it is because the connection or some PC problem. Is someone experiencing same problem? Perhaps I should contact my ISP?
    Greg
    16th Jun 2016
    1:53pm
    I don't know your particular situation but if you NBN is FTTN the net will slow down when more people in your street/area are using it. As you suggest there could be another issue, many different things actually which can slow down your internet experience. Too difficult to ascertain on here - sorry.
    ray @ Bondi
    16th Jun 2016
    1:34pm
    the trouble with the wireless internet is the cost, it is a money tree dropping baskets full. when you consider a person can absolutely unlimited internet for $40 to $50 dollars (tpg and like) and when I pay $15 for a huge 1.5 gig I feel there is something wrong.
    Old Geezer
    16th Jun 2016
    2:22pm
    I have my data deactivated but mobile is set up to notify when Wifi is available. So if I need to use my phone I connect to that Wifi. Result use no data unless I activate it. Deactiivate as soon as I longer need it. Mobile cost is calls but very little data.
    MICK
    16th Jun 2016
    8:31pm
    The Vodafone 4G Network deal seemed pretty good when I looked at it recently. Costs not too dissimilar to the cabled offers.
    Supernan
    16th Jun 2016
    2:09pm
    Like the assumption everyone gets fast Mobile. We are supposed to get 4G network, but often get 1 bar signal strength or even no connection. Drive 1/2 K down the road 7 and its 4 bars. Drive west & mobile cuts out about 15 km out until you reach next township. Huge areas still have no mobile coverage.

    The old NBN plan was fibre - very light & fine - direct to the home. The current NBN uses fibre to the node. Our area is so short of nodes that lots of people still cant get ADSL. This is no longer a country area. We are just over an hour from Brisbane, have electric trains, can nearly see the airport in the distant views. I wouldnt trust my mobile being only connection !
    MICK
    16th Jun 2016
    8:33pm
    Methinks you mean that the old plan was copper. Broadband! Fibre is just arriving and the reality is that Australia is a big big country and we all need to be a bit patient. Rome wasn't built in a day.
    Circum
    16th Jun 2016
    8:32pm
    Some people use a fixed line connection because a mobile device is more expensive.My fixed line serves me well for broadband and all phone calls.
    MICK
    16th Jun 2016
    9:26pm
    Me too. Especially now that I have left Optus.
    nena
    17th Jun 2016
    3:19pm
    Lovely HORSE but it makes me sad...
    Polly Esther
    17th Jun 2016
    1:56pm
    "Heap big smoke signal unreliable" Even Sitting Bull got upset when tribe ran out of green timber. :-(
    Now a days the 'service'? we have is, thank goodness, a little more reliable.
    Where on earth is this so called NBN people talk about?
    Mine is still ADSL through my telephone line and Telstra is always available to reconnect me when it breaks down, which is though, too often for these days. Thumbs down to Turnbull you failed again I fear. Cheers Sitting Bull where ever you are. :-)


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