Home Telecoms & NBN Australia 8th in mobile speeds, but 54th in fixed broadband

Australia has enviable mobile download speeds, averaging out at 50.53Mbps and sitting eighth in a list of 124 countries compiled by Ookla, the company that provides the online Speedtest application for testing download and upload speeds.

But when it comes to fixed broadband, it is a different story altogether, with Australia sitting 54th, with an average download speed of 30.82Mbps.

In contrast, Australia's neighbour, New Zealand, stands 19th in fixed broadband speeds (76.83) and 12th in mobile speeds (42.97)

Ookla's download speed lists are updated at the beginning of each month for the previous month, so the two figures cited above for June. To be ranked in each category, countries must have at least 670 unique user results for mobile and at least 3333 for fixed broadband.

The tiny Persian Gulf country of Qatar is first in the mobile speed rankings for June, with average download speeds of 63.22Mbps. Norway (62.14), the United Arab Emirates (54.67), Singapore (53.53) and Iceland (52.39) make up the top five.

Singapore stands first in the fixed broadband download speed rankings with an average of 180.57Mbps, followed by Hong Kong (150.70), Iceland (148.95), South Korea (114.07), and Romania (108.42).

The US is eighth in the fixed broadband list (93.98) but 47th in the mobile download speed rankings with an average speed of 27.47 Mbps, just behind Germany (27.80).

China, the country with the biggest online population, stands 38th in the mobile speed rankings (30.09) and 18th in the fixed broadband list (78.24).

The last place in the mobile speed rankings goes to Libya (4.62Mbps) while the last rank for fixed broadband is taken by Algeria which has average download speeds of 3.86Mbps.

A total of 124 countries are in the mobile list and 133 in the fixed broadband list; presumably this reflects the countries whose users use the Speedtest app to test out the speeds of their connections and satisfy the Ookla requirements.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the sitecame into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.


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