The current Federal Government’s National Broadband Network promises to deliver super-fast broadband speeds up to 100mbps to 95% of the Australian population over the next ten years. The proposal includes the building of a fibre optic network to deliver these speeds directly to Australian homes with mobile wireless broadband and satellite broadband reaching more regional and rural areas.

This would be a huge jump in speed for Australian broadband users with the maximum speeds currently available being 30,000kbps on a cable broadband plan. Unfortunately cable broadband is only currently available to some metropolitan areas.

ADSL2+ broadband connections which are available to more Australian consumers can reach speeds up to 24,000kbps depending on the location of the service. It is therefore obvious that the National Broadband Network is set to shake up the Australian broadband market with the availability of super fast broadband to the majority of the population. Broadband customers will be able to download music, video and data in seconds rather than minutes or hours. The price that consumers will have to pay for this service is still being debated and will no doubt affect the uptake of the service. It will also affect the average speeds of Australian broadband compared to the rest of the world.

According to the worldwide internet speed testing website Australia is currently ranked 42 in the world for fasted broadband internet speed. The current average speed of internet users who have tested their broadband internet speeds via the website is 5.14mbps or 5140kbps. This is roughly equivalent to a fast ADSL connection or relatively slow ADSL2+ broadband subscription.

Currently the number one country in the world for internet speeds is the Republic of Korea with an average broadband user speed of 22.04mbps. In a relatively geographically small country with a dense population it is understandable that infrastructure investment in Korea would lead to such a high number of fast broadband internet connections. Japan came in second with an average broadband speed of 16.18mbps with the Finish Aland Islands not far behind with an average of 14.85 mbps broadband speeds.

From these statistics it is obvious the National Broadband Network will certainly raise the average speed of Australian broadband plans. However with the National Broadband Network still a few years off Australian broadband subscribers can still take advantage of the fast ADSL2+ broadband plans available from a range of Australian broadband providers. With increased competition in the broadband market there has never been a better time to upgrade to a fast broadband plan. Compare Broadband can help you decide which broadband plan is best for your individual need by taking your budget and internet usage into account. 

You can compare currently available ADSL, ADSL2+, Naked DSL, Cable and  Mobile Broadband plans from a range of Australian broadband providers including 3, Exetel, Netspace, TPG, Bigpond, Internode, Optus, Vodafone and Dodo right here at Compare Broadband.