AUSTRALIA still lags behind the rest of the world in internet speeds, with a new report revealing the nation is languishing in 50th place behind the likes of New Zealand, Thailand, and Kenya.
But Akamai's latest State of the Internet Report showed Australia had made modest gains in internet speeds, just nowhere near enough to match our Asia Pacific rivals despite the accelerating rollout of the $46 billion National Broadband Network.
The quarterly report on the world's internet speeds showed Australia climbed from 51st place to 50th spot during the first three months of the year, overthrowing the United Arab Emirates from the top 50.
Average download speeds in Australia reached 11.1 megabits per second, and grew by 26% since last year.
But nearest neighbour New Zealand put the country to shame, with an average speed of 14.7mbps and a speed boost of 40% since the same time last year.
Globally, South Korean internet users can access more than double the average speeds of Australian connections at 28.6mbps, as can Norwegians and Swedes.
Australia also ranked 47th in the world for connections over 15 megabits per second, with just under one in five internet users qualifying for the mark.
To put the speed in context, you need at least five megabits per second to stream high-definition shows from Netflix, and 25mbps for Ultra HD quality.
Australia's low ranking out of the 241 countries ranked for broadband performance comes despite the growing rollout of the National Broadband Network.
But an NBN Co spokesman said it was important to note the Akamai report covered "millions of people who don't yet have the NBN network".
NBN Co yesterday revealed more than five million Australian homes and businesses were ready to be connected to the network, but only 2.2 million had an active NBN service.
The NBN was designed to deliver a guaranteed minimum connection speed of 25mbps, with all homes and businesses connected by 2020.
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