Australia is a rich, developed country, but its broadband Internet is unusually slow. Speedtest’s new Global Internet Index, which was previously ranked below Kenya, shows Australia ranked 68th in the world. According to the index, Australia’s internet is slower than Kazakhstan’s (64th), Kosovo (61st) and Montenegro (60th). Although Australia’s gross domestic product is almost ten times that of the three countries combined.
The U.S. dropped out of the top 10 this time, ranking 11th. (Sweden ranks 10th, with an average download speed of 131.13Mbps, slightly higher than the 130.79Mbps in the United States.) The UK is ranked 45th, 3 Mbps faster than Russia. Leading the world, the fastest fixed-line speed is Singapore, with an average download speed of more than 200Mbps.
Australia’s internet speed has slowed due to political factors. In 2007, the National Broadband Network (NBN) was planned to start, with the government hoping the infrastructure project would allow fibre to deliver more than 100Mbps of download speeds directly to people’s homes. The scheme has been in place for 13 years and has cost more than A$50 billion ($34 billion), but with little success, with an average download speed of 41.78Mbps in Australia, according to Speedtest.
But the mobile Internet is a different scenario. Australia ranks sixth in the world (67.66Mbps), well ahead of the United States (36th, 41Mbps), the United Kingdom (48th, 35.57Mbps) and Kazakhstan (101, 19.59Mbps). South Korea continues to be at the top of the mobile Internet. Its average mobile download speed is more than 103Mbps.