Australia is losing to the rest of the world in terms of broadband connectivity, according to content delivery network (CDN) services company, Akamai Technologies.
In its latest 2015 State of the Internet report (first quarter), it found Australia ranked in 47th position globally in terms of average peak connection speeds, down two positions from the previous quarter.
This is regardless of the fact that the average peak connection speeds in Australia were recorded at 40.8Mbps (representing a 10 per cent increase quarter-over-quarter and a 29 per cent increase, year-on-year).
This report includes data gathered from across the Akamai Intelligent Platform about attack traffic, broadband adoption, mobile connectivity and other relevant topics concerning the Internet and its usage, as well as trends seen in this data over time.
It also found Australia ranked in 50th position globally in terms of broadband connectivity (above 4Mbps), down six positions from the previous quarter, even though the percentage of broadband connectivity (above 4 Mbps) was recorded at 71 per cent (representing a 4.1 per cent increase quarter-on-quarter and a 29 per cent increase year-on-year).
It’s High Broadband Connectivity (above 10Mbps) global ranking too, declined. Australia ranked in 44th position globally in terms of high broadband (above 10 Mbps) connectivity, down three positions from the previous quarter, while the percentage of connectivity recorded above 10 Mbps in Australia was 17 per cent, up 8.8 per cent quarter-on-quarter, and 60 per cent year-on-year.
In terms of broadband adoption above 15Mbps, Australia ranked in 37th position globally.
But Australia recorded the highest average peak mobile connection speeds globally in Q1 2015, with speeds of 149.3Mbps. It also recorded the highest mobile broadband adoption rates in the Asia-Pacific region at 96 per cent.
“The increase in global broadband speeds demonstrates an ongoing commitment to higher standards.
“While connectivity will continue to differ across many regions, we see the highest broadband speeds in countries/regions with high population densities and strong government backing or support, as well as those that foster competition among Internet providers,” Akamai Technologies State of the Internet report editor, David Belson, said.