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Australia’s internet infrastructure has traditionally had a lot of trouble keeping up – but this year’s changes could be the biggest challenge yet.

According to The Australian, the “Netflix effect” – Australia’s new love for watching TV and film on demand – is slowing down internet speeds across the nation.

Even if you aren’t using Netflix yourself, you may be paying the price for those who do.

Since the international streaming service launched in Australia – alongside its local competitors Stan and Presto – the nation’s broadband traffic has effectively doubled.

The Australian reports that Netflix could now account for as much as 15 per cent of Telstra’s overall customer activity.

Combined with videos from YouTube, Facebook and other streaming services, this means more than half of the activity on Telstra’s network is now video content.

This is made more complicated by the Internet moving increasingly away from computers, with phones, tablets and even televisions our go-to source for online video.

Our current infrastructure, however, might not be equipped to deal with these changes.

Bill Morrow, who heads the company currently building the National Broadband Network, says they see video consumption as “driving the bulk, if not all, of the growth of what we have to run over the network”.

iiNet’s customers have already had a taste of what’s to come; earlier this year, many complained about a major slowdown in their connection speeds at the same time Netflix launched.

Likewise, many Telstra customers have taken to social media to point out slowdown – particularly in the evening, when hundreds of thousands will start their video streaming.

“Video-on-demand is changing consumer behaviour”, said an Optus spokesperson.

“Since video streaming services launched in Australia, Optus customers are using more data and staying online for longer periods of time”.

Have you noticed your internet speed drop lately? Are you using Netflix yourself, or simply paying the price for those who do? And who should be responsible for getting Australia’s internet up to speed?

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  1. The internet can’t handle the load and instead of getting quality high speed broadband , we will now be relegated to get an inferior model, so even when you get the NBN it will not be up to scratch, for needs we are having now

  2. I have 4G wi fi. Very happy with it.

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    • I have home wireless and, while the service itself is good, very low monthly limits (15gb/month) and an excessively high cost ($110/month) are not. Neither is being slowed to dialup speed (64kb/sec) when (not if) you go over your limit. 256 or even 512kb/sec should be the legal minimum speed. And the monthly limit should be doubled, for the same price.

    • Max Tivey I can only dream. We changed to wi fi because the broadband service in our area is terrible. At least with wi fi I can actually log onto the internet.

  3. It doesn’t often happen but while I was watching an episode of Game of Thrones on Quikflix Yesterday I had buffering problems with halts in the show and little wheels going around on my iPad. In my country region the service drops at after 3pm when school is out. Being a coastal tourist region with the local population trebling over Christmas out service can be truely pathetic for the six plus weeks of the school holidays. I was always rather suspicious of the LNPs opposition to the NBN considering their boss Rupert Murdoch is likely to have even more trouble selling Foxtel if we can all stream our chosen shows off the internet.

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  4. The reason? INFERIOR infrastructure for our internet! The LNP trashed labor’s plans and we are paying for it now.

  5. You can thank Turnbull & his mates for this mess. Yes he will put a spin on it, but he should have let it roll out as originally planned by previous government.

  6. Netflix on Cooper, is the same than driving a Porch in Australia, it says 300 km on the Speedo, but you only can drive 110 km!!!!!!

  7. Sue Ferrari might explain the other days s l o w reception.

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