Singapore tops the list with fixed internet speed being five times faster than Australia's. Hong Kong, Monaco, Romania and South Korea make up the top five while India ranks 67th on the list with a broadband speed of 41.1 megabits per second.
China and Kazakhstan have faster internet than Australia.
As reported by Akamai, Canada's average broadband connection speed is higher than Australia's but speeds in both countries are below those in the US and many European and Asian countries.
Australia's internet ranks 68th in the world, below Kazakhstan's spot at 65. The US is No. 11.
As of April 2023, Qatar had the fastest average mobile internet connection worldwide, nearly 190 Mbps. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Macau followed, with each of these countries registering average median speeds above 170 Mbps.
The ranking from Speedtest's Global Index puts Australia behind India, Kazakhstan and Kosovo on the worldwide rankings. But Australia remains narrowly ahead of Peru, Belize and Madagascar. Australia's fixed broadband speed is 41.7 megabits per second, well below the global average of 73.5.
Whether it is 5G or 7G, that level of internet technology is still very much a rarity in most parts of the world. At the moment we see that only Norway provides its people with speeds that reach the levels of 7G or even 8G (keep in mind that we are talking about 11 Gigabits per second here).
Average download speeds over fixed wireless are higher in Australia (36.4 Mbps vs 29.2 Mbps). However, the majority of New Zealand's fixed wireless services achieve a higher upload speed than Australia's NBN Fixed Wireless Plus.
The country has the world's fastest average internet connection speed. South Korea has consistently ranked first in the UN ICT Development Index since the index's launch. The government established policies and programs that facilitated the rapid expansion and use of broadband.
The Ookla Speed Test Global Index ranked Australia as 55th in the world for fixed broadband in December with an average download speed of 25.88 Mbps. The list was based on data from 129 countries. The average download speed globally is 40.71 Mbps – while Singapore topped the list with an impressive 161.21 Mbps.
South Korea wins the overall speed crown
Once again South Korea tops our overall speed table, delivering a typical mobile data download connection of 37.5 Mbps in our tests. We measured overall speeds of 30 Mbps or greater in only three other countries.
Speedtest Intelligence® reveals China Mobile was the fastest mobile operator among top providers in China in Q2 2023 with a median download speed of 132.81 Mbps.
According to the March 2019 Global Speedtest Index, China ranked 22nd out of 178 countries with a national average download speed of 90.6 Mbps. In comparison, a 2018 report by M-Lab3 recorded China's mean download speed at only 2.4 Mbps, which placed China 141st out of 200 countries.
Fiber-optic cable networks
Japan's current fiber-optic commercial internet connections use optical fiber transmission windows known as L and C multi-core fiber (MCF) bands to transport data long distances at record speeds.
The commercial roll-out of 6G mobile services in the country is expected to start from 2030, according to China Unicom chairman Liu Liehong.
China makes significant progress in 6G by achieving 100Gbps wireless transmission. The new development has potential.
6G network should launch in 2030
5G has been commercially available in China for more than three years. The number of 5G mobile phone users currently exceeds 400 million. According to the law, which requires that digital cellular tech be updated every ten years or so, 6G will be launched around 2030.
Australia is currently ranked 51st in the world when it comes to internet speeds, with an average speed of 8.5 Mbps. To put it into perspective, streaming giant Netflix recommends speeds of 25 Mbps for Ultra HD quality.
When it comes to the type of internet in Japan, you'll likely have a choice between home wifi and fiber optic (which allows wireless connectivity anyway). Both are superfast in Tokyo and much of urban Japan; you're generally looking at a minimum of 50 Mbps and a maximum of 1 Gbps to 10 Gbps (with fiber).