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Wednesday, 28 July 2010 16:39

Australia bombs at 50th for internet speeds

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Average Australian internet connection speeds are ranked 50th in the world - below New Zealand at 42nd - and just one-fifth the speed of top-ranked nation South Korea, according to the latest 'State of the Internet' report from Akamai Technologies.


Australia's average internet connection speed was 2.6Mbps compared with more than 12Mbps for South Korea and New Zealand's 2.9Mbps. Australia also ranked behind its regional competitors Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and well below Japan.

The United States was 16th fastest globally with average connection speeds of 4.7Mbps.

On any measure, Australia's internet connection speeds compare poorly to its developed nation peers or its Asia Pacific rivals.

In the Asia Pacific, South Korea continued to maintain its position as the country with the strongest connection speed metrics, placing first for average connection speed (12 Mbps) and average maximum connection speed (33 Mbps), as well as high broadband (65 per cent) adoption.

On average maximum speeds for internet connections, Australia ranked marginally better at 47th with average maximum speeds of 9.7Mbps - less than one third the top average speed of South Korea 33Mbps.

Within Australia, Canberra ranks as the capital city with the fastest internet connection speeds with an average of 2.6Mbps, and perhaps unsurprisingly given the priority it has been given by the National Broadband Network, Hobart ranks last with average speeds of 1.7Mbps.

No Australian cities come anywhere near being included in the Top 100 cities in the world for fast connections, where the top ranked cities enjoyed speeds in excess of 33Mbps. Asia dominates that list, with more than half (61) of those top cities in Japan.

While Queensland ranked as the number one state in Australia with average connection speeds of 2.7Mbps, the population centres of Sydney and Melbourne were a drag on the chain for NSW and Victoria, each with average connection speeds of 2.3Mbps


In the first quarter of 2010, over 487 million unique IP addresses from 233 countries/regions connected to the Akamai network - 7.2 per cent more unique IP addresses than in the fourth quarter of 2009, and 16 per cent more than in the same quarter a year ago.

In terms of year-over-year increases in the number of unique IP addresses seen by Akamai, China is growing fastest, with a 30 per cent increase'”more than double the growth seen in the US.

During the first quarter of 2010, Akamai Technologies observed internet attack traffic originating from 198 unique countries/regions.

For the third consecutive quarter, Russia held the top spot originating 12 per cent of observed attack traffic.  The US remained in second place at 10 per cent, and China held steady in third place at 9.1 per cent, followed by Taiwan, Brazil and Italy, respectively.

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