Those hanging out for the NBN might find the latest results of a global study of broadband speeds sobering reading. Australia doesn't rank in the top five, but even high-speed countries like South Korea aren't that blazingly fast either. The low Australian average got to be down to the nature of averages — any low figures will tilt the figures downwards, after all. There's still folks out there on low-speed 256kbps broadband, and that'll spin the figures lower for everybody. Although for the competitive types; New Zealand has faster average broadband than we do.
Still, the map of Pando Network's findings is fascinating anyway; for as much as South Korea might top the world, it does so only at an average connection speed of 2,202KBps. What's more interesting is how fast Eastern Europe is catching up; the rest of the top five are all Eastern European nations, with Romania at #2 (1,909KBps) Bulgaria #3 (1,611KBps), Lithuania #4 (1,462KBps) and Latvia at #5 (1,377KBps).
I suddenly feel a lot better about my lousy home ADSL2+ service (although most of that is apparently my fault for living so far from the exchange.) [Pando Networks via Huffington Post | Image: Shutterstock/marema]