March 18th, 2007

Speedtest.net’s verdict on NZ broadband speeds


One of the best broadband “speed testers” is speedtest.net. Its slick interface provides estimates of your download and upload speeds at a click of a button. Interestingly enough, speedtest.net provides global statistics on the average speed of users from different countries. Their top 10 countries, by download speed, are:

Speedtest.net Top10

Japan leads at 9.3Mbps, followed by Sweden on 6.6Mbps. Little surprise that neither Australia, nor New Zealand show in the top 10.

The speedtest.net statistics for the “Australian continent” shows:

Speedtest.net Australia

 

In summary:

  • Australia’s average download speed, 3.6Mbps, is 39% of the top country’s (Japan);
  • New Zealand’s average download speed, 2.4Mbps, is 26% of the top country’s (Japan);
  • New Zealand’s average download speed is 67% of Australia’s.

I think we will need two things to improve significantly: ADSL2+ and for Telecom NZ to upgrade their dusty backhaul network!

(Notes: We believe that speedtest.net is only using the top performing IP addresses in each country when calculating their stats. Not sure what percentile they are using. YMMV.)

March 18th, 2007
Sections: Wired, New Zealand
Tags: ADSL, adsl2+, Broadband, speedtest.net, Telecom NZ