It’s costing the government billions but Australia is still behind 75



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The NBN is a project that is costing Australia $37.4 billion, with $30.4 billion of that funded by Federal Government investment and the remainder by private investment. These aren’t little numbers we’re throwing around – this is a huge government expense and a necessary one given the society we live in.

But, a report from Akamai called State of the Internet has revealed that Australia’s average internet connection speed is still not close to the best in the world… we’re currently ranked 44th. This means we are trailing behind a number of countries in the South Pacific region including South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. Even New Zealand is faster than Australia – they came in 42nd.

The report suggests that despite the NBN rollout, it hasn’t yet reached enough of the Australian population; currently only 14 per cent of the country has access to the high speed internet cable that has replaced copper wire.

So far, when looking at the NBN Rollout map you can see that the majority of Australia’s east coast has been connected but anywhere inland is yet to receive the service – even inner city areas in some states are still waiting for a confirmed connection date. You can take a look at the map by clicking here.

So today we want to know, how is your internet speed? Do you feel it is fast enough? 

You can check your internet speed by using the Speed Test website, click here to check it out. We’d love to know if you have NBN access yet so post your results in the comments below…

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  1. I think the LNP have destroyed it , but it was not in Murdoch’s best interests for us to have a first class NBN to many people were signing up with Netflix and downloading their own tv shows and movies. 44th is the world is a disgrace

  2. About time we all had it, the govt have been talking about it for far too long and doing virtually nothing, get on with it enough talking just do it

  3. what can you say!! the LNP are going use old copper wire and we won’t be much better off than we are now, 44th is the world!!

  4. My mum’s area recently had it put on. They took over 6 months to do the work and installed it to al the units where she lives. The road outside the units was dug ip and unable to be used. They wrecked all the gardens and lawns. They cut off the emergency alarms to the units and made all the residents reapply for their phones. The residents are mainly aged over 80 and onky three of the 24 units actually have a computer.

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  5. We have some areas of Tasmania with the ‘true’ all-fibre optic NBN, as it was meant to be. Unfortunately, since the advent of the new government, much of the state will end up fibre optic to the nodes and copper into the homes and businesses. It may save us $40 to $50bn but makes us a second rate (44th rate!) country.

  6. It’s a sad day when you can sit in a hotel in Belgrade and access Australian web sites, Australian based e-mail servers faster than in your own home. All for free!

  7. “Fraudband” is useless! Cheap and Nasty, but what do you expect from this mob??

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    • Rubbish Christine…they were trying to get Australia up to date with other countries. In the end it will cost much more to keep up with new infrastructure. Nodes and copper are useless. Malcolm Turnbull knows this too, but has to tow the party line.

    • Zackly right Christa! The “Last Mob” was going to have the fibre optic from start to finish! Expensive initially but in the long run cheaper and efficient! Unlike the initially cheaper and nastier and inefficient that someone else down the track is going to have to fix at great taxpayer cost! And Turnbull DOES KNOW IT!! Would suggest you get yer facts and dates right Christine before you spout forth!

    • Slowest at what….knitting? And who are “they”? Are you replying to Gary Innes or me? Your statement does not make sense. You definitely have tunnel vision.

  8. Just remember it was yet another of labors stroke of genius that we have an NBN that was not up to world standards..gotta love their research.

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    • umm, actually It was turnbull and friends who changed it from fibre to copper. The libs even paid the CEO three times as much to deliver an inferior product. Gotta love those libs!

    • Sure do have to love those Libs Lesley. They have a tough task trying to pull us back into credit because of Labor’s wasteful ways.Are you aware of the many schools that were in line to be closed down anyway but wonderful Julia still went ahead with renovations costing on average $350,000 just to make sure they got their votes for the election.

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