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Jun 9, 2017

Australia's Mobile Broadband Ranked Best In Asia-Pacific

Australia's mobile broadband was ranked the fastest in the Asia-Pacific at the start of June, and this isn't the first time it has held that top spot.

Akamai, a digital content delivery provider, recently released its quarterly report which showed Australia delivering an average mobile broadband speed of 15.7 Mbps, according to Business Insider.

In fact, Australia doesn't just dominate mobile broadband speeds in the Asia-Pacific; it's speeds actually outperform countries in the Americas, Africa, the Middle East and even parts of Europe, according to consumer advocacy group Choice

Australia managed to get such a top speed average by getting rid of older mobile frequencies (like 2G and GSM phones). 

"Major mobile networks in Australia diligently retired many older mobile networks showing huge progress to support better mobile connection speed," said Vincent Low, head of product marketing at Akamai. 

One of the factors Akamai looked at when ranking Australia's mobile speed was the launch of Telstra's 1 Gbps 4G network, ZDNet reported. The service launched in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne back in January.

Of course, even with top mobile speeds in the Asia-Pacific, Australia lags behind other nations when it comes to average speeds with fixed-line broadband. Akamai ranked Australia's average fixed-line broadband connection speed at 50th globally. It found Austrlia to have an average speed of 11.1 Mbps, which is still a 26 percent improvement over the previous year.

The nation still has some catching up to do when it comes to landline speeds.


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