Wednesday, 23 March 2016 02:02

Australia tops average peak mobile connection speed rankings - fixed broadband goes backwards

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Australia recorded the highest average peak mobile connection speeds globally in the fourth quarter of last year, recording speeds of 153.3 Mbps, but conversely fixed broadband went backwards, according to the latest State of the Internet report from content delivery network (CDN) provider Akamai.

The latest statistics on Australia’s broadband performance have just been published by Akamai in its 2015 report.

Based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform, the report provides insight into key global statistics such as connection speeds, broadband adoption metrics, notable Internet disruptions, IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation.

The report reveals that Australia was one of the top five countries that recorded average peak speeds above 100 Mbps, along with Japan, Israel, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates.

And, Australia and Finland led the world in terms of 4 Mbps broadband adoption rates for mobile connectivity, with both countries recording 99% adoption.

But, despite recording a Year-on-Year increase in average connection speeds and average peak connection speeds, Australia still experienced a drop in global rankings – which Akamai says indicates that many countries are progressing at a much faster pace.  

Across the APAC region, Australia saw the smallest increase in average connection speeds at 4.2%, and smallest increase in average peak connection speeds at 6.4% and was the only APAC country that saw a quarterly decline of 6.3% in terms of average peak connection speeds.

Here’s a breakdown of the key Australia findings from the Akamai survey:

•    Average Connection Speeds

    o    Australia dropped two places to 48th position this quarter, with average connection speeds recorded at 8.2 Mbps

    o    This is despite representing a 4.2% increase quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) and a 11% increase year-over-year (YoY).

•    Average Peak Connection Speeds

    o    Australia saw a significant drop to 60th position in Q4, down from its 46th placing the previous quarter, with average peak connection speeds of  39.3 Mbps

    o    This represents a 6.3% decrease QoQ and a 6.4% increase YoY.

•    4 Mbps Broadband Adoption

    o    Australia dipped four positions to 56th in Q4 for broadband connectivity (above 4 Mbps), with the percentage of adoption (above 4 Mbps) recorded at         73%. The global average stands at 69%

    o    This represents a 1.4% increase QoQ and a 6.2% increase YoY.  

•    10 Mbps Broadband Adoption

    o    Australia dipped two positions to 47th in Q4 for broadband connectivity (above 10 Mbps), with percentage of adoption (above 10 Mbps) recorded at 20%.             The global average stands at 32%

    o    This represents a 8.8% increase QoQ and a 25% increase YoY.

•    15 Mbps Broadband Adoption

    o    Australia dropped five positions to 44th in Q4 for broadband connectivity (above 15 Mbps), with percentage of adoption (above 15 Mbps) recorded at             8.2%. The global average stands at 19%

    o    This represents a 11% increase QoQ and a 27% increase YoY.

•    Average Page Load Time  

    o    The average page load time for broadband in Australia was recorded at 3632 (ms). Last quarter, this was recorded at 3598 (ms)

    o    In terms of mobile, the average page load time in Australia stood at 4072 (ms).


New Zealand was also surveyed, with the country rising one placing to 41st position in the quarter, with average connection speeds recorded at 9.3 Mbps. representing a 7.5% increase quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) and a 27% increase year-over-year (YoY).

On average peak connection speeds, New Zealand saw a significant drop to 53rd position in Q4, down from its 45th placing the previous quarter, with average peak connection speeds of 42.8 Mbps, despite a 1.8% decrease QoQ and a 25% increase YoY.

Other key statistics on New Zealand’s broadband performance are:

•    4 Mbps Broadband Adoption

    o    New Zealand dropped from 25th to 32nd in Q4 for broadband connectivity (above 4 Mbps), with the percentage of adoption (above 4 Mbps) recorded at 87%.         The global average stands at 69%

    o    This represents a 0.1% increase QoQ and a 8.6% increase YoY.

•    10 Mbps Broadband Adoption

    o    New Zealand dipped two positions to 42nd in Q4 for broadband connectivity (above 10 Mbps), with percentage of adoption (above 10 Mbps) recorded at 26%.         The global average stands at 32%

    o    This is despite an 18% increase QoQ and a 71% increase YoY.

•    15 Mbps Broadband Adoption

    o    New Zealand dropped two positions to 39th in Q4 for broadband connectivity (above 15 Mbps), with percentage of adoption (above 15 Mbps) recorded at         11%. The global average stands at 19%

    o    This represents a 31% increase QoQ and a 130% increase YoY.

•    Average Page Load Time  

    o    The average page load time for broadband in New Zealand was recorded at 2100 (ms). Last quarter, this was recorded at 1121 (ms) – the fastest globally

    o    In terms of mobile, the average page load time in New Zealand stood at 2859 (ms).

Globally, Akamai reports that average connection speed increased 8.6% to 5.6 Mbps from the third quarter, a 23% increase year-over-year.

South Korea had the top average connection speed at 26.7 Mbps, posting a 20% increase over the fourth quarter of 2014.

And, after a slight decline in the third quarter, the global average peak connection speed bounced back with a 1% increase to 32.5 Mbps in the fourth quarter, leading to 21% year-over-year growth.


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a 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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