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Australia has slipped five places from 55th in December to 60th in January with an average download speed of 33.28Mbps in the fixed broadband table compiled by Ookla, the company that provides the online Speedtest application for testing download and upload speeds.

But in the rankings for mobile speeds, Australia is right up there, maintaining its sixth position from December 2018 with average download speeds of 56.70Mbps. Only Iceland (73.93Mbps), Norway (70.29), Canada (65.68), Qatar (59.05) and the Netherlands (56.87), in that order, are ahead of Australia.

New Zealand was 24th in the fixed broadband list with an average of 85.56Mbps and 19th in the mobile rankings (44.74) while the UK was 38th with 55.17Mbps among the fixed broadband crowd and 51st in the mobile rankings with speeds of 30.12Mbps.

The US (33.19Mbps) was 37th in mobile download speeds while China stood 52nd (30.08) and India was 120th (10.13) Tajikistan brought up the rear at 5.04Mbps. One hundred and thirty-seven countries were ranked in this list.

The last time  iTWire looked at these rankings was in July last year; at that time, according to the ratings for June 2018, Australia stood 54th for its fixed broadband speeds (30.82Mbps) and eighth in the mobile rankings (50.53Mbps).

Ookla updates its download speed lists at the start of each month and includes the figures for the previous month. To be ranked, countries must have at least 670 unique user results for mobile and at least 3333 for fixed broadband.

Singapore was first in the fixed broadband rankings with an average download speed of 197.04Mbps; in June last year, it was in the same position with an average download speed of 180.57Mbps.

Following the city state were Hong Kong (169.40), Iceland (159.30), the principality of Monaco (152.02) and Romania (129.82). The US (111.65) was eighth and China stood 23rd (87.83) while India (27.68) was 67th.

The last ranking in the fixed broadband list, the 177th position, went to Yemen, a country which is in the throes of war. It had average download speeds of 3.23Mbps.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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