Global News Blog: Australian Broadband Loses Some Validity
March 16, 2009
Posted by Chase Smith
How mad would you be if you found out the high speed internet you paid for was really only running at 65 percent of what’s promised? Millions of people in Australia found themselves in that exact situation last week. Australians are paying up to $100 a month for high-speed broadband but are getting just over half of what they are paying for.
Research? by the global broadband organization Epitiro found, “the average speed delivered by companies such as Telstra, Optus and AAPT is almost half the figure advertised, making Australia a broadband backwater.” Some people are downloading nine percent of the advertised speed when trying to access information from international servers. At times, one could expect the Aussies to be minutes behind the rest of the world in terms of news. A minute or two doesn’t seem like a big deal, but imagine some organizations in a time of crisis. Minutes could be lifesaving for a company that works internationally.
These types of reports just make me wonder: When was the last time a company did a test on my broadband efficiency? I remember the switch from my 56K modem to cable Internet, but should we all be getting more from our service providers? I think the answer is most likely, yes. I guarantee some of us are getting only fractions of what we pay for. Maybe your Internet is slow and we blame it on our computers. Sometimes we need an excuse to upgrade, right? Who knows. Maybe we’d all be shocked to see how efficient our Internet really is.
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