Monday, 18 March 2019 11:37

No surprises, Australia pays a great deal per Mbps

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A British website has used speed data from Ookla's Speedtest and global average broadband prices from cable.co.uk and come up with what it says is the best value broadband based on cost per Mbps. On this index, Australia is ranked 66th, with the cost per Mbps being $2.26.

The comparison by vouchercloud, a Groupon company, said Romania was found to be the cheapest with the cost per Mbps being £0.09 (A$0.16), followed by Ukraine, Hungary, Israel and Russia.

Asked about the methodology used to get these values, spokesperson Ben Behrens said: "Speedwise, we used data from Speedtest — a user initiated test of local connections — sample size had to be at least 3333 users for the time when the data was taken.

"Its testing infrastructure is made up of over 7000 different servers across 190 countries, so the idea is that you get a good idea of speeds the typical user is actually using, rather than what companies are advertising.

"In terms of pricing, this was gleaned from cable.co.uk's research into consumer broadband packages. The number of packages measured varies from country to country, they have taken one package from each speed level offered by each provider – sample sizes per country are 3 to 41.

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"Packages measured were fixed line, broadband only (or broadband and phone). Broadband and TV package speeds were not included."

The UK was 44th on the list with the cost per Mbps being $1.02 while the US stood at 34th at £0.88.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came 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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