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Australia ranks beyond 30 in global fibre take-up

In the latest global fibre-to-the-home/building rankings release, statistics show that Australia is lagging behind 30 other developed countries who have at least one percent of fibre to the premises take-up.

The FTTH Council rankings has South Korea leading the way with an impressive 50% penetration while the likes of Hong Kong 46% and Japan 43% come in a close second and third respectively.

At the other end of the spectrum, countries such as Malaysia, Ukraine, Canada, Turkey and even Romania (30th) make the list while Australia is still yet to register.

It’s anticipated that Australia will rocket up this list over the next few years as the National Broadband Network starts to take shape.

NBN target 3 million fibre connections in 2015

Independent telecommunications analyst and research company Telsyte have just completed a Fixed Broadband and Voice Report that suggests take-up of fibre to the home services across via the National Broadband Network could surpass existing DSL broadband services by 2015.

The study found that if the NBN project remains on track the take up of fibre services could exceed that of DSL with 3 million connections to Australian Households and Businesses toward the end of 2015, and that approximately 4.2 million premises may have NBN Co fibre in 2017 at some stage.

A very impressive statistics and forecast no doubt, however if the Liberal Coalition government happens to take office in 2013, all of these figures could become thwarted. Whether or not a future coalition government continues with the present NBN plans or not, it will still be subject to a productivity commission enquiry which will slow the process down significantly while it conducts its investigation.

Opposition Communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull has gone on record to say that all existing NBN contracts and services will be honoured if the Coalition wins office, but could not guarantee the future of the remaining NBN roll out.

ICT Companies and ISPs that were covered in study include NBN Co, Telstra, Optus, iiNet, VHA, Soul/TPG, FetchTV, FOXTEL, Eftel and a few others.

One would hope that if a huge national project such as the NBN found its feet and was well and truly up and running by the time the next election came around in 2013, that it would continue to be developed for all Australians to grow and prosper in regardless of who’s in office at the time.

2011 Average Global Internet Download Speed Statistics

An Internet speed report based on 20 million computers and 27 million downloads across 224 countries from January through to June 2011 has recorded some very interesting Internet statistics.

The Pando Networks Global Internet Speed Study concentrated on the very best and very worst places to access the Internet, and revealed the speed and reliability of Internet connections across the world. The report concluded that the average worldwide download speed is somewhere close to 580Kbps with South Korea leading the way with an impressive 2,2020 Kbps (2.2Mbps).

It’s probably no surprise to many that an Asian country leads the pack, however this assumption is quite the opposite when European nations such as Romania (1,909Kbps) and Bulgaria (1,611Kbps) come in second and third respectively.

When discussing Internet speeds, many articles usually report on superior speeds, associated technologies and the countries who dominate these speeds. In the Pando Study however, it’s interesting to note that the countries with the slowest speeds have also been recorded. Coming in at the very bottom are the developing nations in Africa and Asia with the Congo the worst of the group with a very ordinary 14Kbps, followed by the Central African Republic at 14Kbps and Comoros at 23Kbps. These speeds compare to the likes of the old ‘Dial up’ modems for those of you who remember.

If you’re wondering where Australia ranks in the scheme of average Internet download speeds, then try 348Kbps. In real Internet speed terms, it probably equates to the average speed of a wireless or mobile broadband Internet connection. Other well known countries such as the U.S. scored 616Kbps, while the U.K. recorded 599Kbps and New Zealand came in with 364Kbps.

How fast is your Internet speed connection? Test it here – Broadband Speed Test

Australia slips to 18th in OECD Broadband Rankings

Australia’s position in the Organisation for Economical Co-Operation and Development (OECD) broadband rankings table has slipped further down the list of 31 countries. So much so that we’re now lagging in 18th spot behind New Zealand in the fixed (wired) broadband category for penetration and population density. Australia was ranked one position better at 17th in the OECD’s last release.

It’s expected that the National Broadband Network will assist with ‘fixing some of the gaps’ displayed in the various OECD broadband ranking categories, although this will take some time.

Other Key findings on Australia’s Broadband Statistics:
27th for accessibility of digital content
21st for availability of new technology
16th on the Networked Readiness Index

Read more at ITWIre: Conroy finds NBN support in OECD stats

Which Australian ISP is the best? ISP Survey Results

Consumer opinion site Product Review Australia, who’s objective is to provide ‘un-biased user opinions’, recently released results of an Australian Internet Service Provider survey that I’m sure to the contrary of these results, many will have mixed feelings about.

In their findings, it displays South Australian ISP ‘Internode’ as the standout winner with an average rating of 4.68 out of 5, which almost 2 points in front of second place recipient ‘Optus’ with 2.95 and strangely enough ‘iiNet’ in third place only .01 away from second place with 2.94.

In a bid to remain impartial on these results, although I must say and without going into too much detail, these ratings appear very far from what other survey’s are revealing. This can be said about a mammoth annual survey which is conducted through broadband enthusiast resource ‘Whirlpool’, which is due out shortly.  In any case you make up your own mind, however if I had any advice to give you, it would be to compare results from at least three independent surveys prior to making up your mind – Just as though you were getting a quote from a tradesman.

Other than that and without offering survey results for you to consider, make up your own mind by searching and comparing Broadband Plans from Australia’s leading Internet Service Providers right here!  Youcompare Broadband

Good Luck.

Fact or Fiction: 2008-2009 Australian Broadband Statistics

The 2008 -2009  ACMA communications report was released last Tuesday Jan 12th and with it came some interesting statistics. While it appears that the Internet revolution is rapidly gaining momentum, I must admit that I’m rather bewildered on the processes used by the ACMA for gathering and measuring such statistical data.

Nonetheless the 2008/09 year appears to have witnessed some significant Internet growth, advances in related technologies, and changes to competition regulations which continues to drive developments within the communication and media Industries.

Below is a summary of the more prominent Internet based statistics that you may also find of interest.

Fixed Line Telephone
Services declined from 11 million – 10.67 million (330,000) due to 3G and VoIP technologies

3G Services Take-up
Wireless 3G services surge to 12.28 million (44% increase from 2008)

VoIP Services
2.5 million VoIP subscribers (compare to 1.8 million in 2008)

Broadband Internet Subscriber Take-up
80% of households connected to the Internet at period ending June 2009 – Translates to 8.4 million subscribers (up from 7.2 million June 2008)

Wireless Broadband now the Fastest Mover
25% of Internet share (up from only 11% same time last year) – As a result DSL’s share dropped to 50%

Broadband Speeds
30% of Internet subscribers used a Broadband Internet connection speeds of 1.5Mbs – 8Mbps – Was 20% at corresponding time in 2008
21% used between 8Mbs to 24Mbs Broadband speeds – Was 19% at corresponding time in 2008

Are you largely Satisfied with all of your Telecommunication Services?
Although some of you out there may beg to differ, however according to research conducted by ACMA, they say that 80% of Australian household consumers are largely satisfied with their Telecommunication services?? Ironically, the number of complaints delivered to the Telecommunication Industry Ombudsman rose by a staggering 79% from the same time last year, and that figure equates to a massive 481,418 official complaints.

Time Spent Online
Australians are spending an average of 57 hours online which is up 10 hours from last years 47 hours. Another way of looking at the time spent online can be measured by the amount of web pages viewed. An incredible 46.6 billion pages were viewed opposed to 38.9 billion at the same time last year. What’s really staggering about this is that there is almost an 80% increase of data downloaded over the last year. Data downloaded has risen substantially from 55,434 terabits to a whopping 99,993 terabits!

Social Networking
Finally, it’s probably no real surprise to many that in the year ending June 2009 it was estimated that 3.3 million Australian Internet users visited the content creation Facebook and MySpace social networking sites.

Believe it or Not.

Australian broadband connectivity up 18% over the last year

Over the last year, broadband connectivity increased by 18 per cent to 5 million households. More generally, between 1998 to 2008-09, household access to the Internet at home more than quadrupled from 16 per cent to 72 per cent. Access to computers increased from 44 per cent to 78 per cent over the same period.

By state, the ACT has the greatest penetration of broadband access, at 74 per cent, while South Australia and Tasmania are a little behind at 49 per cent and 54 per cent respectively.

via ARN.

Australia 11th in World Broadband Rankings 2009

The expansion of broadband services in Australia continues to rise as does Australia’s position in the World Broadband Rankings which now sees our nation coming at 11th (out of 58 nations) with a 72 percent take up in Australian households. The WBR results were released in the latest ‘Global Broadband Forecast: 1H 2009’ which was published by Strategy Analytics.

The Asia Pacific region dominates the WBR with 5 of the nations appearing in the Top Ten, including the number one position held by South Korea with a remarkable 95%. Strategy Analytics has stated that they expect this trend to continue in the Asian Pacific area between 2009 and 2013 with an additional growth rate of 15% predicted. Too bad it’s Broadband take up only and not High Speed Broadband in Australia.

In case you were wondering, western nations such as UK and USA finished 15th (67%) and 20th (60%) respectively while Japan only came in at 16th with 64 percent and New Zealand finished in a measly 25th place with 57 percent take up.

Top Ten World Broadband Rankings for 2009
1. South Korea 95%
2. Singapore 88%
3. Netherlands 85%
4. Denmark 82%
5. Taiwan 81%
6. Hong Kong 81%
7. Israel 77%
8. Switzerland 76%
9. Canada 76%
10. Norway 75%
(11. Australia 72%) 

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