Once again, the Akamai State of the Internet report has delivered less than impressive news when it comes to Australian broadband speeds. The report, which ranks the average internet connection of countries around the world, has never shown Australia in a great light, but the latest report is, well, worse.
First, some context: At the end of 2013 Australia had an average internet speed of 5.8Mbps which put us in 44th place compared to the rest of the world. The most recent report, the data of which hails from the end of 2015, has some good news. Our average speed is now 8.2Mbps. The only problem is that the rest of the world sped up as well, which actually means we've dropped back to 48th place. Slightly above Italy, well behind Slovenia.
It's significantly worse when you look at peak internet speeds. At 39.3Mbps we're in the 60th position, way down from 2013's 32nd place (35.2Mbps) and even a bigger drop from the last quarter's data which had us at 46th.
Only 8.2 percent of Aussies get internet speeds above 15Mbps, with a global average of 19 percent. Just a reminder that if you're hoping to watch "Daredevil" on Netflix in 4K Ultra HD, the company suggests a minimum speed of 25Mbps.
Our peak Mobile Broadband speed of 153.3Mbps puts us number one in the world, though, and well above Japan in second place at 112.2Mbps. Keep that in mind as you burn through your 4GB per month data allowance. Or just maybe get yourself ready for Telstra's next Free Data Day...