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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Internet in Australia Gets Slower

Internet in Australia Gets Slower

Internet in Australia Gets Slower

Added: Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
Australia was supposed to develop its broadband infrastructure further, along with other developed nations, but the country somehow found itself dropping well in terms of Internet speeds.


The country’s average connection speeds is only on the 44 place, down 4 lines from the 2013 report which estimated online connection speeds and broadband uptake worldwide. Some believe that the drop-off is the result of delay, indecision and policy change on the national broadband network, which is the fibre optic network implemented nationally. The observers complain that each policy change with respect to the national broadband network resulted in a 2-year delay in infrastructure being rolled out.

With the Labor government, the initial intention was to create a fibre-to-the-node network, but then the plans changed to fibre-to-the-premise broadband. Since the national network couldn’t use Telstra’s copper network, it had to build its own network, and this could take another four years. However, when the country had a change of government, the approach to Internet also changed to the initial plan.

In the meantime, the creators of the national network and the government also face pressure from the United States that pushes to change the definition of broadband. The definition of broadband Internet was suggested to change from 4Mbps download and 1Mbps upload to 25Mbps down and 3Mbps up. This change would raise more doubts if the network is not engineered correctly.

To help Australia to move its broadband rankings to at least the top 10, the country needs to get on and do it, because any more delay would have just the opposite effect. In the meantime, many industry observers are critical of the initial approach, saying that copper could slow broadband connection speeds by up to 50%.

February 4th, 2015

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Date:  Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Comments (28) (please add your comment »)

posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverKittymenSunTurtle (2015-02-04 15:11:48)
dogsthrobber avatarthere internet speed is still faster than mine.thanks sam

posted by (2015-02-04 16:10:10)
johnmc963 avatarWow dude really? The highest speed in Australia is the lowest my cable company offers. On top of the internet filters etc it sucks to be an Australian pirate.

posted by (2015-02-04 16:40:37)
livevil avatar1km from my local exchange. steady at 29mbps on telstra 500gb plan. 2.4mbps upload. what part of aus you guys living in exactly?

also if your area is experiencing high traffic because lots of people around you are using the lines as well, try disconnecting their wireless devices from their routers, lol

posted by (2015-02-04 18:20:20)
justworks avatarGood to be in UK, solid 150+ mbps Virgin Media fibre for £41 a month, that is AU$ 80 or US$60 ish.And good 4G connection too..

posted by (2015-02-04 19:50:47)
lordstone2013 avatarLivevil you said you lived 1km to the exchange line how about living 20km from the exchange line check your facts before you generalize everyone having a fast internet connection, on a good day my best is 1.4mbps and that using optus and they tell you dont have access to cable but adsl2+ and also how do you disconnect people's wireless device from their routers by going door to door.

posted by menTurtle (2015-02-04 21:44:09)
DarkSideofTheMoon avatarMy internet speed is excellent here in AUS.
The only way I get near 1mbps is to hook up the iphone and ipad to computer and have that device as a personal hotspot.
I don't see any improvement in that with the current government.
As with the NBN I am doubtful I will ever see it.

posted by (2015-02-05 02:00:22)
ecco51 avatarWrong way around .. Labor government's plan was Fibre To The Home, not the Node. When our backward Coalition govt. came to power they changed it to save money. Abbott is an idiot and Turnbull knows it.

posted by (2015-02-05 02:08:46)
Wraith70 avatarAnd apparently, with fibre to node, a lot of peoples speeds aren't going to change much at all, but it will probably cost them more for their internet. I live in Bundaberg, Queensland where the fibre to node is currently being run out, and I'm not hopefull of much better internet than I currently have, I'm about 15k from the exchange, pay for a Max of 20 Mb/s down and get around 3.5 Mb/s, which costs me $90 a month. Love the LNP, so many great decisions - NOT!

posted by (2015-02-05 06:32:12)
jibbajabba avatar@7 Actually NBN is connected to more houses now than even Labor anticipated. Labor had to downgrade their expected number of connections three times because they were too incompetent to reach their own low targets. At least now rollout is actually happening.

posted by ET lover (2015-02-05 07:55:40)
always_flying avatarI just got connected to the NBN (in Melbourne, Australia), paying for the 50mbps plan and getting speeds less than 27mbps on a good day (32ms ping is the fastest i get). Ridiculous

posted by men (2015-02-05 09:44:03)
topaz18046 avatarAs an Australian internet user I have found that some service providers secretly throttle your bandwidth when they realize you are into movie downloads etc. When I note this I change service provider without paying out the contract or returning any modem supplied. They send me threatening letters which I forward 2000 miles away. Bad debts have to exceed $500 before a debt collection agency will even look at it. If you don't mind having a bad credit record you can walk away from a myriad of debts. I pay cash anyway these days...I could not care less. DoDo Australia is the best service provider. I often hit 1 meg per second with a popular t.v show or movie.

posted by (2015-02-05 11:38:47)
No avatar@Wraith70 Wow, you have Internet in Bundee ? Sorry mate just joking, anyway it sucks for most people.

posted by Trusted UploadermenTurtle (2015-02-05 14:11:39)
Thoughtcrim avatarThe NBN smells like a trap to this Aussie. Once they get enough sheeple into what seems like Disneyland, the illusion will burst to reveal it's a kosher slaughterhouse for file-sharers. No doubt the Hollywood Mafia will call the shots re the blacklist and that'll be the end of access to all major torrent sites. Throttling will be the least of your problems.

I'll stay with Optus cable, 30 down, 2 Up ... and avoid the Chinese-style centralized Internet control, thank you very much!

posted by Turtle (2015-02-06 01:27:39)
InPlainSight avatar@always_flying, If you're in an Optus cable area dump it and jump on board. Been on their cable over 10 years and so accustomed to 150 mbps I'm scared to move out of the area. We have FetchTV box on same cable which is recording a lot of the time while I'm streaming and/or downloading with no discernable speed difference.

posted by (2015-02-06 02:11:28)
peebo avatarCable Internet in Australia sucks. It's a shared network so the more people that get on it the slower it goes. had a shared house for awhile with BigPond Cable. At 5:30am I was getting 93M download. At 8:00am 2.5M. I live next to a Telephone exchange now and have 22M in and 1M out ADSL 2+ unlimited usage for $59 / month. The NBN isn't due here for years yet.

posted by ET lover (2015-02-06 06:03:59)
always_flying avatar@InPlainSight Thanks for the advice; unfortunately just signed up to 24mths of CRAPPY NBN... locked in; complained numerous times about ping rates to no avail.

posted by Turtle (2015-02-06 07:22:24)
InPlainSight avatar@always_flying ..Oops..Really feel for you cuz had to pay out Telstra to change. And @peebo, the Telstra vs Optus cable speeds are vastly different as are their plans. Since I've been with them Optus have added two extra nodes to take care of the problems Telstra ignore. I live in the outer Eastern (leafy) suburbs which has a fast growing population. The only throttling I have experienced was low upload speed but that magically increased when I took on Fetch TV. Incidentally, their advertised speed is 100mbps but that may have automatically increased with my plan which included the box and a new Netgear modem. Not keen on donating to Singtel but with the Warner Bros and Sony streaming deal on the horizon I'll stick with 'em.

posted by (2015-02-06 07:48:07)
Wraith70 avatarActually jibbajabba, the rollout of fibre to premises WAS happening here in Bundy when Abbott pulled the plug on it. I have a mate who is on Fibre to premises while his neighbour has the fibre cable rolled up on his front lawn and can't access it because when Abbott pulled the plug, the rollout stopped dead. Now they won't hook it up because it's fibre to premises, not to node. The NBN guys were there one afternoon and never returned. Now we're getting fibre to node, which is going to leave Aus in the internet backwater for many years to come, and when it comes to the stage where it HAS to go fibre (or whatever comes next) to premises, it's going to cost a hell of a lot more than what it would've if it was just let run out the way it was happening. I have had the ADSL 2+ for 4 years and at one stage was getting constant 9 Mb/s down, then due to a housemate issue had to change phone numbers and went from that to 3.5 where I am now. Seems like Aus will always have some of the slowest, and yet most expensive internet in the world for years to come.

posted by Vip MemberTrusted UploaderBitcoin MasterET lover (2015-02-06 12:37:29)
No avatarOur internet speed in oz is really a joke i am getting only 6 mb down and less than 1 mb upload. Going to take forever for the nbn to come

posted by (2015-02-06 16:19:44)
HSBATTH avatarAfter watching everyone's comment I am the only one who gets only 55 kbps downspeed and 25 kbps upspeed and you people are saying you are getting 1,2,4,6 MBPS and it is still slow for you?

posted by (2015-02-07 01:08:38)
kaiser avatarAre we all taking the same language here? Mbps or Mb/s (Mega bits per sec or Mega bytes per second) 30 Mbps ::: 3.75 MB/sec

posted by (2015-02-07 21:40:14)
No avatarAustralia is the worst , even New Zealand is better...i'm living on the Gold Coast which is one of the most sort after holiday destinations in the world and all you can get is copper line broad band (so called) with a top speed of around 800 klbs ....that's rifgr 800 KLBS ABSOLUTELY USELESS....

posted by Kitty (2015-02-08 17:52:25)
Crash1 avatarThe title of this article is slightly misleading. We're not getting slower, we're actually getting faster (slowly) ... It's just that others are getting faster, faster than we are. Therefore we drop a few places on the list.

posted by (2015-02-09 14:33:57)
Imutus avatarWell, ask from someone living in Ireland, that sucks. There they really pay for nothing.

posted by menTurtle (2015-02-10 06:01:36)
DarkSideofTheMoon avatarOur internet here in Australia is the same as our trains. Slow and decrepit.

posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverSupermanimmortal (2015-02-10 11:42:48)
jj avatarWell if you just block all traffic coming from the sh*thole country these fake torrent uploaders are from then ozi wouldn't have to be using 75% of Australia's bandwidth blocking them. lol

posted by (2015-02-10 15:06:03)
raizer1 avatarlordstone if your on optus its basicaly pointless camparing your connection wich is second best to telstra and at half the speed your comment is invalid

posted by (2015-02-11 08:17:59)
Wiz74 avatarreading through the comments are funny. I live only 10 minutes (at most out of town) and all I can get is ADSL1 on Telstra. It drops out constantly and speeds are atrocious at best.

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