Australia's Internet Ranking Drops Behind Kazakhstan And Kosovo
A new broadband internet speed test has delivered bad news for Australia, with the country falling to 68th in the world. Ask any Australian what they think of their download speeds at home and they'll probably tell you this is no surprise.
But it is interesting that the Land Down Under now has broadband speeds worse than the likes of Kazakhstan and Kosovo.
When you think of Australia being 10th in the OECD for GDP, it's shocking to see we're fourth last when it comes to internet.
According to the Speedtest's Global Index, Australia still beat the likes of Peru, Belize and Madagascar.
We might be blessed with beautiful beaches and a (normally) good climate, however Aussies have an average fixed broadband speed of 41.8 megabits per second, which is well below the global average of 73.6.
The figures have prompted an outcry from politicians, who are demanding the government get us up to speed with the rest of the world.
Shadow Communications Minister Michelle Rowland said in a statement: "The Liberal Party promised its multi-technology mix would be faster and cheaper, yet they have delivered a network which costs more to build, more to run and does less.
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"Regrettably, relative to developed global economies, Australia is not anywhere near where it should be."
You can thank your lucky stars you don't live in Turkmenistan though, as the Central Asian country boasts speeds of 1.71 Mbps. How are you going to stream Married At First Sight with those speeds, huh?
On the flip side, you might want to jump on a nine-hour flight if you want to experience good internet speeds. Singapore tops the list with speeds almost five times faster than Australia, followed by Hong Kong, Monaco, Romania and South Korea.
Thankfully for Australians, it's a different story when it comes to mobile internet speeds.
Our sun-blessed country is sixth in the world, with around 67.7 Mbps on average. South Korea is on top of that list and Palestine is on the bottom.
But it seems that not everyone is affected by terrible download speeds, with one Aussie last year managing to download a whopping 26.8 terabytes of data in one month.
This Queenslander must have been doing some serious downloading to rack up that amount of data.
NBN Co. revealed the data about the person who managed to use up 26,807 GB of data to prove a point about how Australians were using the internet in 2019. Interestingly, there's been a 25 percent increase in the amount of usage for the company's six million users over the past 12 months.
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