Time for a quick pop quiz. What does Thailand, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea all have in common? They’ve all got substantially better internet than Australia.
The sobering figures are part of the latest quarterly State of the Internet report released by cloud and content delivery network Akamai. There’s not much in there to make Australians happy: we’re 50th in the world when it comes to average Internet access speeds, and the figures only get worse from there.
Australia's average connection speed for hardline broadband in the third quarter of 2016 was a hopeless 9.6Mbps. That's below the average 11.3Mbps users got in New Zealand or the 11.7Mbps for Thailand. The average connection for Taiwan in the quarter was 14.9Mbps, while Japan's was a flat 18Mbps. (South Korea remains the world leader at 26.3Mbps, in case you're interested.)
23% of Australians only get average internet speeds of less than 4Mbps. The average load time for hardline connections was 3776ms as well.
That's substantially slower than New Zealand (2321ms), worse than Vietnam (3017ms), Thailand (3127ms) and Malaysia (3510ms) barely better than Sri Lanka (4006ms).
But don't worry: eventually, we'll all have the NBN one day. Or at least 5G by the time it's finished.