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How does Australia’s NBN Compare to other Countries’ High Speed Internet?

Ever wondered how fast Australia’s internet is in comparison to other countries around the world? With the NBN slowly making its way across Australia, it will be interesting to see just how different the average speed for NBN users will be.

The average download speed in Australia is currently 14.2Mbps, with speeds varying across the country. The average download speed in Perth is 9.8Mbps, in Brisbane its 13.5Mbps, in Sydney its12.3Mbps, in Canberra its 16.5Mbps, in Melbourne its 12.0Mbps, in Adelaide its 11.5Mbps, and in Hobart its 13.8Mbps.

That puts Australia in 52nd place out of 189 countries. However, the NBN promises much faster speeds – with five speed tiers available. While the actual speed each user will receive will depend on a number of factors, the speed tiers are as follows:

  • Tier 1: Up to 12Mbps download and 1Mbps upload.
  • Tier 2: Up to 25Mbps download and 5Mbps upload.
  • Tier 3: Up to 25Mbps download and 10Mbps upload.
  • Tier 4: Up to 50Mbps download and 20Mbps upload.
  • Tier 5: Up to 100Mbps download and 40Mbps upload.

With those kinds of speeds, downloads and uploads will be super quick. But how does it compare to the rest of the world?

Global Internet Speeds

These results are based on real-time global broadband and mobile data, collated by one of the major global internet speedtest providers. They show the average download speed for each country.

North America

First to North America, where high internet speeds are generally expected. Canada is rated 36th fastest in the world, with average download speeds of 20Mbps. The US is 32nd fastest, with 21.1Mbps, while further out to sea, Greenland takes the 99th spot with 6.6Mbps.

Central America

Moving south to Central America, and Mexico is in 65th place with 11.7Mbps. Of the smaller countries south of Mexico, Guatemala has an average of 3.5Mbps, Costa Rica has 3.3Mbps, and Panama has 5.6Mbps.

South America

Moving even further south to South America, and there are some big gaps between the various countries across the continent. Chile averages one of the highest download speeds in South America, with 13.7Mbps, whereas Bolivia has one of the lowest averages, with 1.8Mbps. In between there is Brazil with 9.7Mbps, Argentina with 5.3Mbps,Colombia with 5.6 Mbps,and Venezuela with 2Mbps.


Scandinavia rates pretty highly on average download speed, with Finland on 26.9Mbps, Norway on 25.9Mbps, and Sweden on an impressive 40.5Mbps. The UK averages 23.4Mbps, while further south, Spain has 20.5Mbps, Poland has 18.2Mbps, and France has 26.9Mbps. Italy and Greece are pretty slow comparatively, with 7.5Mbps and 8.4Mbps respectively. Big ole Russia averages a respectable 21Mbps, while Romania averages the world’s third fastest speed of 57.4Mbps.


Africa is a bit of a mixed bag in terms of average download speed, but nowhere is particularly fast.

South Africa averages 4.5Mbps, Algeria 1.5Mbps, Egypt 2.3Mbps, Democratic Republic of Congo 0.9Mbps, Ethiopia 5.1Mbps, and Sudan 1.9Mbps. Off the coast, Madagascar fairs better with an average speed of 11.8Mbps.


First to the ‘stans’. Borat’s home nation Kazakhstan averages a fairly respectable 13Mbps, Uzbekistan not so much with 2.7Mbps, Afghanistan with 1.1Mbps, and Pakistan with 2.2Mbps. India averages 4.3Mbps in download, and China 16.7Mbps, while South Korea takes the number four spot with 50.7Mbps. Hong Kong has the world’s fastest average download speed of 72Mbps.

South East Asia

The countries of South East Asia vary in speed, with the Philippines reaching just 3.1Mbps, while Thailand averages 14.9Mbps. In between, there is Vietnam with 12.6Mbps, Malaysia with 5.1Mbps and Indonesia with 3.9Mbps.