Australia has the 10th fastest mobile broadband in the world, rubbing shoulders with countries that have far smaller territory to cover such as Singapore, Luxembourg and South Korea.
The latest State of LTE research by mobile signal software company OpenSignal shows Australia had an average of 33.8Mbps in the quarter ending March 31 this year, beating countries like Denmark (11th, 32.2Mbps), Canada (13th, 30.6Mbps) and Japan (31st, 24.5Mbps).
As a comparison, the United States came in 59th with a speed of 15Mbps, while Singapore topped the ladder with a lightning 45.62Mbps.
It’s a win for the Australian telecommunications industry, which is tasked with covering a large area with a small population while still delivering decent mobile broadband speeds.
Australia performed admirably in the “availability” measurement as well, coming in 19th with 4G LTE reception provided to users at an average of 79.3% of the time.
Overall, South Korean mobile users had a dominant combination of speed and availability, enjoying the world’s best 4G access at 96.4% of the time and downloading the second fastest at 43.5Mbps. The killer result complements its performance in landline broadband speed, a league ladder that it consistently tops.
OpenSignal attributed Australia’s mobile performance to its early adoption of 4G LTE technology.
“Singapore, South Korea, Australia, Norway and the Netherlands have had the better part of six years to fully deploy, optimise and upgrade their original LTE networks,” the report read.
“But not all of LTE’s pioneers are among the top performers in LTE speeds. The US, and to a lesser extent Japan, lag well behind their 4G peers when it comes to high-performance connections.”
In the last OpenSignal survey, released November last year, Australia came in 8th fastest with 32.5Mbps and 13th in availability with 79.3%.