Aussie Broadband dominating the results with a speed score of 88.33, followed by Optus with 59.81. The speed score is calculated with a 90% attributed to download and 10% to upload, using a modified trimean analysis.
Aussie Broadband and iiNet had the lowest latency score of 9ms, but were closely followed by all the other providers with 10ms.
Ookla analysed the data providing a consistency score, again Aussie Broadband dominated with a score of 85.7% followed by Vodafone 83.2% and Optus with 82.1%.
Details of the results are available here.
Ookla says it cares deeply about providing data and analyses that are meaningful, accurate and statistically sound so that consumers and businesses can trust the information they’re receiving. It provides details on how the scores and are determined and methodology used to provide the data.
Aussie Broadband speed score is probably underpinned by the significant number of their subscribers being connected to premium NBN plans where the other providers will still have some legacy services on older pre-NBN technology and a more distributed mix of NBN plans.
Ookla also analysed the data based on cities, with Melbourne edging out Darwin, Brisbane and Sydney from a speed perspective. Of interest was Darwin's latency at 44ms it was four times higher than Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, possibly an anomaly due to its location and the servers being pinged.
What the aggregate speed test data shows is that Australian download speeds have increased significantly over a 12 month period, from a download speed of 55.97Mbps in September 2020 to 83.73Mbps in September 2021. Upload speeds have only marginally improved from 21.49Mbps to 23.52Mbps.
This first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 19 October 2021.