When I first moved here in 2007 my Internet access was slow, very slow. But then my ISP introduced ADSL 2 and I started getting quite good download speeds, for back then anyway, of 2.5 Mb per second. To me it seemed faster than I was getting back in England and I explained all that in my post around that time called Surfin’ Australia.
The reason I was most impressed was because we kind of live out in the sticks here and the telephone exchange that serves this area, which is in my road, looks a bit run down. I’ve not been inside it, but I imagine it looks like this…
Four years later, in 2013, I wrote a post called Australia’s Voters: Between a Rock and a Hard Place. This country was going to the polls and had to decide between the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal National Party; or ALP & LNP.
The ALP promised to deliver a superfast broadband network across the country giving us excellent Internet access and the LNP promised to abolish the carbon tax.
I wanted both, hence the rock and a hard place.
So where are we today?
The LNP won, carbon tax is gone, which is great, but the superfast broadband, which is still going ahead, is not really being built anywhere near fast enough both in terms of Internet connection speeds and the areas covered. I’m still waiting for this superfast Internet to hit my sleepy suburb, but I think I’ll be waiting for some time yet.
Don’t get me wrong, speeds have improved dramatically and at the moment I’m getting around 8.5 Mb per second with my ADSL 2, a big improvement from seven years ago.
But how does Australian Internet compare to the UK’s?
Recently Akamai released their ‘State of the Internet Report’. I downloaded it to take a look and began, as you do, by reading the introduction. It starts by talking about the ‘Internet of Things’ which, from what I can gather, is a reference to how the Internet connects to so many things these days.
IPhones, iPads, Androids, smartphones, even my air-conditioning connects to Wi-Fi as does my PVR, my Blu-ray disc player, my daughters PlayStation, as well as probably a whole range of new consumer electronic products that I don’t even know exist yet.
The Internet is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity to keep up with modern technology.
I continued reading, it was fascinating stuff, but then I noticed that the report was 72 pages long! Well, I like the Internet, but not that much. So I use the “Find” tool and searched for both Australia and the United Kingdom to cut to the chase and get the exact information I wanted.
So, enough banter, let’s take a look at how Australia’s Internet compares to the UK’s. Oh, and a few other countries as well.
- Average connection speed – 6.9 Mbps
- Average peak connection speed – 36 Mbps
- Global rank for connection speed – 44th
- Average connection speed mobile devices – 3.9 Mbps
- Average connection speed – 10.7 Mbps
- Average peak connection speed – 46.8 Mbps
- Global rank for connection speed – 19th
- Average connection speed mobile devices – 8.1 Mbps
- Average connection speed – 11.5 Mbps
- Average peak connection speed – 48.8 Mbps
- Global rank for connection speed – 12th
- Average connection speed mobile devices – 5.8 Mbps
- Average connection speed – 25.3 Mbps
- Average peak connection speed – 83 Mbps
- Global rank for connection speed – 1st
- Average connection speed mobile devices – 18.2 Mbps
You can download Akamai’s full report here, it contains so much more information. But I think we have enough for our needs. When it comes to Australia versus the UK, the UK is a clear winner. Both of our countries though are behind the United States.
If you want really fast Internet, then South Korea is the place to be.
So there you have it, the state of the Internet here in Australia compared to the UK and a couple of other countries. We may be the slowest of the four countries I’ve looked at, but we’re not that far behind the UK.
I would like to make one more comparison before we wrap this up, nothing to do with the Internet. It’s just to cheer me up a bit.
Population density per square mile
- South Korea – 1282
- United Kingdom – 663
- United States – 84
- Australia – 7
Well, that’s made me feel better. On reflection, we’re not doing that bad. It stands to reason that Jack Roo living out in Woop Woop would struggle to get a decent Internet connection here, so how could we possibly keep up?
For more on those population figures, see Interesting Facts About Australia – #1