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Hobart fastest, Perth easily the slowest capital city for Internet speeds Featured

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Hobart has the fastest broadband speeds of Australia’s capital cities but Perth lags well behind with the country’s slowest Internet speeds, according to an analysis of over 14,800 broadband speed tests between July 2018 and July this year.

According to comparison website Finder, the Tasmanian capital clocked in at 44.9Mbps on average to top the speed rankings followed closely by Darwin, at 42.4Mbps – and as Finder notes “downloading a movie at this speed would take between 15 - 16 minutes”.

And Perth “crawled in” at last place, with 23.9Mbps on average, which Finder says means it would take Perth residents a whopping 29 minutes to download a movie at this speed.

Finder’s Angus Kidman says there are a range of factors that can impact your Internet speed.

“Your broadband speed will be influenced by the type of connection you have, which provider you're with and where you live.

“The NBN also plays a big role in how fast your Internet is. If your broadband is lagging, check to see if you can make the switch if you haven’t already."

According to Finder its recent survey of over 3,000 respondents found two in five (39%) Aussies feel they aren’t getting good value for money from their Internet plan.

Kidman explains “There are four speed tiers on the NBN and picking the right one can improve your speed,” says Kidman.

“If you’re a home of moderate Internet users, you’ll want to choose a Standard Plus plan. If you’re a big family or live in a share house of five, then opt for Premium.

“The time of day you choose to go online can also impact your speed. Peak time is usually after dinner, while night owls tend to have enjoy the streaming experience, with speeds picking up between midnight and 4am.”

Finder's tips on how to bump up your broadband speed:

  • Stop accessing the net from other devices. Having multiple downloads going at once will slow your Internet down dramatically. Try and limit access to one device at a time.
  • Avoid peak times. Internet rush hour in Australia is generally between 7pm - 11pm. Access outside this time frame to avoid buffering issues.
  • Upgrade your plan. This will give you access to faster download speeds, smoother streaming and additional bandwidth which can accommodate multiple devices.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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