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Australia finishes 62nd in world broadband speed rankings, NZ stands 23rd Featured

Australia finishes 62nd in world broadband speed rankings, NZ stands 23rd Pixabay

Australia has fared poorly among nations that managed to qualify for the 2020 Worldwide Broadband Speed League which looked at the speeds in 221 countries, being ranked 62nd with an average download speed of 25.65Mbps, and trailing New Zealand which finished 23rd with an average of 66.66Mbps.

The average download speed for Oceania, the region in which Australia is counted, was 12.59Mbps, with the slowest being Vanuatu (2.22.Mbps, 197th). Countries which ranked high were all found to have a focus on fibre to the premises.

Conducted by British site, the rankings required at least 100 unique IPs to have been tested for a country to qualify. More than 557 million speed tests were taken into account in creating the rankings, according to a statement from

Research was designed and compiled by, while the data was gathered by M-Lab, an open source project with contributors from civil society organisations, educational institutions, and private sector companies.

The top five nations were all from Western Europe. Liechtenstein topped the table at 229.98Mbps, followed by Jersey (218.38Mbps), Andorra (213.41Mbps), Gibraltar (183.09Mbps) and Luxembourg (118.05Mbps).

The top region in Asia was Hong Kong which was ranked eighth with an average download speed of 105.32Mbps. Singapore was 18th with an average of 72.75Mbps.

The US finished 20th with an average download speed of 71.30Mbps while the UK was 47th with 37.82Mbps. India was 101st (13.46Mbps) while China was 201st with an average download speed of 2.09Mbps.

Last in the list was the new nation of South Sudan which had only 0.58Mbps. The full list is available here.

"While global broadband speeds continue to trend upward, the truth is faster countries are the ones lifting the average, pulling away at speed and leaving the slowest to stagnate," commented Dan Howdle, consumer telecommunications analyst at

"Last year, we measured the slowest five countries at 125 times slower than the five fastest. This year they are 276 times slower. The slowest countries are not slowing, they are simply not growing. While the fastest countries continue to accelerate year-on-year.

"Europe absolutely dominates the leaderboard once again, thanks to largely excellent infrastructure. In all cases, those countries ranking highest are those with a strong focus on pure fibre (FTTP) networks, with those countries dawdling too much on FttC and ADSL solutions slipping further down year-on-year."

Chris Ritzo, Program Management and Community Lead at Measurement Lab, said: "'s annual Internet speed ranking using M-Lab data is a great example of open data being used to encourage public understanding of broadband speeds people receive around the world.

"Average speed rankings by country are a great starting point for deeper research and statistical analysis of the state of broadband using M-Lab's global broadband measurement datasets."

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