NBN Co is hard at work improving the internet in over 2400 houses in the Charleville area. Photo Contributed
NBN Co is hard at work improving the internet in over 2400 houses in the Charleville area. Photo Contributed Contributed

Report shows our wireless speeds surging ahead

HAVING trouble reading this story?

Well according to a new report by OpenSignal.com you should switch to Telstra.

The report, which was released today, ranked countries and Telcos across the world in terms of how fast their wireless internet was and how much of the nation they operate in was covered,

Australia ranked 20th on the list, ahead of nations such as New Zealand and the UK in terms of the percentage of the time people using wireless internet - or LTE - were able to get a signal.

As the report explained the measure was more realistic than simply stating how much of the country is covered - which would obviously return a woeful result for Australia.

"By continually measuring whether users have coverage or not we are able to extend the definition of coverage to account for what happens when users are indoors and when they are moving around," the report read.

"We build up a wholistic, user-centric measurement of coverage that expresses coverage in the way that users experience it."

And while our coverage area was solid but hardly earth-shattering, Australia's rank of eighth in terms of the speeds offered on our wireless technology. 

According to the report the average internet speed you can get on your phone is 24 Megabytes per second compared to an average of 37 Mbps in Singapore which is the global benchmark. 

The report also ranked carriers and there Telstra came out streets ahead with average speed of 29 Mbps, followed by Optus at 19 Mbps and Vodafone on 17 Mbps. 

But if we can get quick wireless why do we need the NBN?

Well according to NBN Co - the government owned corporation responsible for the rollout - fibre is still going to be much quicker. 

"Our current satellite broadband technology delivers only 25Mbps/5Mbps - even next generation satellite will deliver about 100Mbps. However, like all satellite platforms there is limited capacity available," an NBN spokeswoman said. 

"On the NBN fixed-broadband platform we can already deliver 1Gbps services via FTTP and higher speeds are achievable via technology upgrades.

"At present we have 17% of the country able to connect to the NBN, by June that will increase to 20% and by June 2017 it will increase to nearly 50% of the country."

Although the spokeswoman said it was still too early to study whether or not the investment in broadband had yielded any return to the economy. 

"At this point NBN has not conducted any economic analysis of areas that have been connected to the network," the spokeswoman said. 

"It has only been in relatively recent times that our earlier build sites have reached full NBN coverage - this includes areas like Armidale, New South Wales."