Australian broadband speeds stagnant: Akamai

Australia ranked 48th in the world for broadband speeds at an average of 2.8 megabits per second

Australia’s internet speeds continue to lag behind the rest of the world, according to a new research report from Akamai.

The cloud service provider released new statistics that indicate Australia has an average connection speed of 2.8 megabits per second (Mbps) and sits 48th in the world.

The State of the Internet Report is based on testing done during the second half of this year, and found that while New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and China all saw an average speed increase of more than 10 per cent, Australia did not increase significantly.

Asia Pacific nations dominated all areas of the report, with 62 of the top cities located in Japan and 12 in South Korea.

The insights come as Computerworld Australia earlier this year reported that the average mobile broadband speed in Australia sat at 1.88 mbps, and as IDC reported that mobile broadband had increased of 68 per cent over 2009.

However, the numbers come into conflict with the 4.2Mbps average speeds collated from 10,000 tests by Broadband Expert, while Ookla's Net Index tool currently rates Australian speeds at an average of 7.8Mbps.

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