Akamai’s latest State of the Internet report clocks New Zealand’s average connection speed at 14.7Mbps. That’s up from 12.9Mbps in the previous quarter and a rise of 40 percent in twelve months. The speed jump is enough to bump New Zealand seven places from 34 in the global speed table to 27.
The numbers are from the survey for the first quarter of 2017. Akamai has measured and compared national broadband performance this way for a decade.
Akamai measure speeds of traffic between end user devices and its servers. The figure includes dial-up lines as well as ADSL, VDSL and fibre. It also includes traffic using wi-fi connections.
Even so, the speed jump is impressive. Akamai says: “In New Zealand, the expansion of its state-owned UFB (Ultra-Fast Broadband) network is estimated to reach 200,000 homes in an additional 151 towns, increasing coverage from 75 percent of the population up to 85 percent by 2020. The UFB is a FTTH project providing minimum speeds of 100 Mbps, and its expansion is estimated to cost the government an additional NZ$300 million.
Akamai also measures mobile connections. The company found the average mobile connection speed is 13Mbps up from 12.5Mbps in the previous quarter.
Australia: New Zealand has pulled away from Australia in the fixed-line table after the two countries were neck and neck for years. In the most recent quarter Australia had average speeds of 11.1Mbps which leaves the country at 50 in the table from 241 countries.
The stark difference between the two results did not go unnoticed by Australia’s media. At News.com.au Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson writes: “Australia continues to deliver slow internet connections, ranking far behind New Zealand, Thailand, and Kenya.” She goes on to say: “nearest neighbour New Zealand put the country to shame”. ARNnet reports “Aussie internet continues to drag behind Kiwi connectivity” while at Gizmodo the story is “Australia's Internet Speeds Are A Global Embarrassment”.