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NZ Australia broadband speed gap widens

Akamai reports New Zealand’s average broadband speed jumped 23 percent in 2015 compared with 2014. We’re moving ahead of Australia.

The latest quarterly State of the Internet report clocks the average NZ line speed at 8.7 Mbps. Last year’s average internet speed was 7.1 Mbps.

Despite the speed jump, New Zealand’s relative position to the rest of the world remains unchanged [from a year ago]. For average broadband speeds we are still ranked at number 42 in the world.

Yet New Zealand keeps its comfortable lead over Australia. This is important as we so often benchmark performance in everything against our trans-Tasman rival.

Our nearest neighbour saw average speeds rise 13 percent to 7.8 Mbps. That was enough to move Australia one place up the global table to 46.

Beating Australia

Akamai has New Zealand ahead of Australia on most speed measures: number of users over 4 Mbps, 10 Mbps and 15 Mbps. We are also one place ahead of our neighbour on average peak connection speeds. However, our average peak connection speed puts us at only 45 in the world rankings.

What these numbers show is despite New Zealand’s considerable investment in fibre, the political fuss and regulatory intervention we have only kept pace with other nations.

By the same token, Australia’s broadband policy train wreck has seen that nation fall behind.

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