Tuesday, 12 February 2019 15:03

Telstra boasts of No.1 Netflix speed ranking 12 months in a row Featured


Netflix has launched its January 2019 Netflix Speed Index, with Telstra quick to tout its #1 ranking from Feb 2018 to Jan 2019.

You can see the details of Netflix's Australian January 2019 Speed Index here

Telstra noted in a media release that, "with consumers streaming more content than ever before", the company "has been working to make sure our customers are able get the best possible experience when watching video from a range of content services including Netflix.

"The Netflix results is due to Telstra customers enjoying the fastest internet speeds available in Australia, combined with access to Australia’s most extensive and sophisticated caching capacity in the region."

Netflix itself states: "The Netflix ISP Speed Index is a measure of prime time Netflix performance on particular ISPs (internet service providers) around the globe, and not a measure of overall performance for other services/data that may travel across the specific ISP network".

The company continues, stating: "The function of ‘caching’ is to store copies of Netflix content to enable streaming from a location closer to consumers.

"To deliver further transparency, Telstra’s speed score has been split between our NBN and non-NBN products – the first time it has happened in Australia.

"The #1 ranked position is for our NBN speed of 4.38Mbps; our non-NBN connections (cable/DSL) is ranked at #4."

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Curious as to how this compares with the US and elsewhere in the world?

In the US January 2019 Netflix Speed Index, we see Comcast with a speed of 4.46Mbps.

In the UK January 2019 Netflix Speed Index we see BT with 4.29Mbps.

Meanwhile, in Singapore's Jan 2019 Index, we see Singtel Fiber on 4.24Mbps

Over in New Zealand, its Jan 2019 Index sees Spark Fibre top the charts with 4.17Mbps.

So, what does Telstra have to say about its results?

Telstra said "We’re pleased the January 2019 Netflix result reflects the real-world difference that Telstra customers can experience from Telstra’s ongoing network leadership and our efforts to deliver a better streaming experience.

"This result follows on from Ookla’s naming of Telstra as the fastest fixed network in the 2018 Speedtest Awards by Ookla

"Delivering the very best for our customers is about more than just download speeds. Telstra’s innovative products and devices, including our Smart Modem Gen 2.0Smart Wi-Fi Booster and Telstra TV, all help ensure our customers can enjoy the best streaming experience.

"This continued #1 ranking reflects the investments we have made to deliver the streaming experiences our customers expect.

"According to Roy Morgan’s latest research, Netflix has continued its impressive growth over the past year with nearly 10 million Australians in the June 2018 quarter now having a Netflix subscription in their household – up nearly 30% on a year ago", Telstra concluded.

Netflix Speed Index results over the past 12 months. See full-res version here or click image above


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