A new government report has found 1.6 million premises throughout Australia have little to no broadband.
The Broadband Availability and Quality Report, released today, is the first of its kind to be undertaken by an Australian Government and draws from all major Australian telecommunication carriers.
It describes the broadband technologies available as well as the speed that can typically be achieved over each available technology platform.
NBN Co has been provided with the analysis and communications minister Malcolm Turnbull said it would prioritise the areas with the worst coverage.
“You should aim, wherever possible, to target and prioritise those people who have got the worst broadband,” he said.
“Some Australians have good broadband, some have got the best in the world and some have got absolutely nothing.”
The report shows that there are up to 1.6 million premises throughout Australia with peak median download speeds of less than 4.8 megabits per second.
The NBN’s recent Strategic Review found that under-served areas can be upgraded on average two years sooner if they are prioritised in the roll-out.
The release of the report coincided with the launch of a new website. The MyBroadband website allows Australians to see the broadband availability and quality ratings for their local area.
Turnbull said the website would allow neighbourhoods to compare internet connectivity and that it would also have a speed test feature in the near future.
“This website, it compares broadband quality and availability to homes in 78,000 local areas across Australia,” he said.
“It is the very first time this has been done - it’s one of things we committed to in the election.”
"We will no doubt update it over time as the network is improved."
"As the NBN's own footprint extends that will be refelcted in the database and so the map will change over time."