Australia is in 60th place in the world for internet speed and FALLING – despite spending $ 51 billion on the (not yet completed) NBN broadband network
- Australia's internet speeds are expected to fall even further
- The rest of the developed world is improving their internet faster than Australia
- New Zealand is 21st worldwide for internet speed with 96.97 megabits per second
- Australia continues to fall on the world ranking after a fall from the 30th in 2013
Australia's internet speeds are in 60th place in the world and are expected to fall even further in the list when the $ 51 billion National Broadband Network is completed next year.
The NBN has been plagued by constant criticism, delays and problems since the national rollout began in 2009.
Laureate Emeritus Professor Rod Tucker of Melbourne University said the rest of the developed world is moving faster than Australia.
As the NBN end date of 2020 is approaching, Mr. Tucker believes that the global ranking of Australia will get worse as a result of changes by the federal government.
Australia's internet speeds are in 60th place in the world and are expected to fall even further in the list when the $ 51 billion NBN is completed next year
& # 39; In the longer term, I think Australia will fall even faster. We're going to fall off a cliff because the speed of improvement won't grow & # 39 ;, he told news.com.au.
New Zealand scores a lot higher in the rankings and is in 21st place with an average speed of 96.97 megabits per second.
More than half of New Zealand's most important cities have access to the internet via fiber optics.
Fastest countries for fixed broadband internet – 2019
2. South Korea
4. Hong Kong
8. United States
& # 39; If we had continued with (fiber-to-the-premise), we would also be close to the 20th instead of the 60th, & # 39; said Mr. Tucker.
He said that if the NBN was well developed, the $ 51 billion investment would be worth it.
In recent years, the world broadband ranking in Australia has continued to decline.
According to Speedtest Global Index, Australia is now in 60th place after falling from the 49th last year.
In 2013, Akamai & # 39; s State of the Internet Report ranked Australia 30th in the world.
Prof. Tucker said that NBN will only get worse as more and more people make contact.
& # 39; The NBN has almost rolled out, so we are not going to improve much. We're going to fall off a cliff because the speed of improvement won't grow, & he said.
Australia not only pales in comparison to most of the first world for speed, it also has the least affordable broadband entry access among developed economies.
Australia was the last of the 36 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in terms of affordability for fixed broadband at entry level.
Out of the complete list of 83 countries, Australia was in 67th place for entry level broadband tariffs, with countries like Saudi Arabia, Senegal and Colombia worse.
Former Labor leader Kim Beazley brought the idea of a & # 39; super-fast & # 39; national broadband service.
Australia not only pales in comparison to most of the first world for speed, it also has the least affordable broadband entry access among developed economies
In 2009, then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced that they would bypass the existing copper network by building a new national network.
& # 39; High speed broadband will create jobs. Fast broadband will stimulate innovation and improve the growth and productivity of our economy in the long term, & said Rudd back then.
& # 39; And high-speed broadband will connect our country to the global economy and help us overcome the tyranny of distance. & # 39;
Troubled by problems: Australia's disastrous NBN rollout
2007 – Kevin Rudd won the federal elections. The PvdA announced that they would build a national broadband FTTN broadband network
2008 – The Rudd government announced that it would bypass the existing copper network by building a new national network combining fiber optics with buildings, fixed wireless and satellite technologies
2009 – NBN Co was established on April 9, 2009
July 2010 – The first customers were connected
2013 – The NBN was delayed due to a lack of skilled fiber lasers in Australia
Some work had to be carried out again due to the incorrect training given to many of the employees
Delays and health problems occurred when work was stopped at a number of locations after several weeks were stopped after asbestos was found in Telstra pits
After the 2013 elections, former Communications Minister Stephen Conroy admitted that the initial deployment plans & # 39; too ambitious & # 39; and that there were delays in implementation
2014 – The Australian newspaper rated NBN's rollout in Tasmania, the first location, as & # 39; shabby & # 39; and & # 39; nasty & # 39;
2017 – In a September report of the Joint Standing Committee on the NBN, major problems were identified with the technology used by the NBN and the performance of NBN Co
In response to the broadcast of a documentary that was critical of NBN's performance at Four Corners, Malcolm Turnbull stated that the NBN was a failure, and accused the Rudd and Gillard governments
22,827 complaints about NBN were received
2018 – NBN executives and staff received $ 66 million in bonuses despite record levels of customer satisfaction
Research found that 34 percent of Australians at NBN would return to their previous internet provider if they had the option because they believe their previous connection was more reliable or faster
NBN Co. admitted that 1.2 million households were still waiting for an updated, faster network connection
2019 – Some NBN customers were entitled to a refund after internet providers had admitted to making false or misleading claims about speeds.
Telstra, Optus, TPG, iiNet, Internode, Dodo, iPrimus and Commander have allowed to advertise and sell NBN plans with unreachable connection speeds.
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