Australia has fallen down the global rankings, based on average internet connection speed, despite the ongoing construction of the NBN.
The latest Akamai Q3 State of the Internet report has ranked Australia in 44th position, in terms of average connection speeds, down three positions from the previous quarter.
Average connection speeds were recorded at 6.9 Mbps (representing a 1.8 per cent decrease quarter-over-quarter).
Year-on-year change of average connection speeds in Australia however saw an increase of 25 per cent.
For the second consecutive quarter, the global average connection speed remained above the 4 Mbps broadband threshold.
However, it saw a slight decline in the third quarter of 2014, dropping 2.8 per cent to 4.5 Mbps.
Six of the top 10 countries saw increases in global average connection speeds, and all of the top 10 remained well above the 10 Mbps "high broadband" threshold.
Among those increasing in average connection speed quarter-over-quarter, Singapore experienced the largest rise (12.2 Mbps), an 18 per cent improvement.
The smallest growth was in Japan (15 Mbps), which was only up 0.8 per cent from the second quarter.
In addition, Ireland (13.9 Mbps) joined Singapore in seeing an increase of 10 per cent or more from the previous quarter.
Australia ranked in 44th position globally in terms of average peak connection speeds, down four positions from the previous quarter (Q2 2014).
Average peak connection speeds in Australia were recorded at 36Mbps (representing a 2.1 per cent decrease quarter-over-quarter).
However, year-on-year changes saw a 22 per cent increase in Australia.
Similar to the average connection speed metric, the global average peak connection speed also saw a slight decline in the third quarter, dropping 2.3 per cent to 24.8 Mbps.
Hong Kong once again had the highest average peak connection speed at 84.6 Mbps, followed closely by Singapore (83 Mbps). All 10 countries/regions saw significant increases in average peak connection speeds compared to the previous year.
Uruguay (58.6 Mbps) led the group with a year-over-year change of 334 per cent, and Luxembourg (54.4 Mbps) saw speeds more than double, up 130 per cent. A total of 135 qualifying countries/regions saw average peak connection speeds increase from the third quarter of 2013.
In terms of broadband connectivity, Australia ranked in 47th position globally, down three spots from the previous quarter.
The percentage of broadband connectivity (above 4 Mbps) was recorded at 66 per cent (a 0.6 per cent increase quarter-on-quarter).
Year-on-year changes saw a 28 per cent increase in Australia compared to the same period in 2013.
Australia remained in 40th position globally in terms of high broadband (above 10 Mbps) connectivity, down 2 positions from the previous quarter.
The percentage of connectivity recorded above 10 Mbps in Australia was 14 per cent, down 6.5 per cent quarter-on-quarter.
Year-on-year changes saw a 76 per cent increase in Australia compared to the same period in 2013.
The average page load time for broadband in Australia was recorded at 4.23 seconds. Last quarter, this was recorded at 3.544 seconds.
The average page load time for mobile in Australia was recorded at 4.799 seconds, compared to 4.551 seconds last quarter.
Japan recorded the shortest average page load time for broadband at 1.430 seconds, while Mexico recorded the shortest average page load time for mobile at 1.013 seconds.
South Korea continued to have the highest average mobile connection speed, growing from 15.2 Mbps to 18.2 Mbps in the third quarter. Iran had the lowest average mobile connection speed at 0.9 Mbps, and was the only qualifying country with an average speed below 1 Mbps.
Slovakia joined South Korea above the 10 Mbps "high broadband" threshold at 10.9 Mbps.
Average peak mobile connection speeds again spanned an extremely broad range in the third quarter, from 98 Mbps in Singapore down to 3.3 Mbps in Iran.
Nine countries/regions had average peak mobile connection speeds above 50 Mbps, while another 40 saw speeds above 10 Mbps.