You’ll need 165 megabit per second internet by 2020

Australians love to complain about their internet speeds, and it doesn't seem like this is going to change. A study conducted in Europe by NL Kabal and Cable Europe states that the average internet user will be downloading a staggering 8 gigabytes a day by 2020. 

By Alex Choros

Australians love to complain about their internet speeds, and it doesn't seem like this is going to change. A study conducted in Europe by NL Kabal and Cable Europe states that the average internet user will be downloading a staggering 8 gigabytes a day by 2020. This estimation cites the an average data consumption growth rate of approximately 40% per year. In order to sustain this, download speeds of 165 megabit per second (Mbps) would be required.

So how does Australia compare? While some National Broadband Network connections can currently achieve 100Mbps, and 4G connections can easily reach 50Mbps second, the average Australian internet speed is just 14.89Mbps. This is slightly faster than Mongolia's and Vietnam's.

Countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Romania and South Korea currently have an average speed over 50Mbps, in part due to densely populated urban areas. Though most nations are still far off from the lofty goal of 165 Mbps, a lot can happen in a short time. In just 5 years, Singapore have increased their nation's average from 7.32 Mbps to 68.2Mbps with a nationwide fibre roll out. There might still be some hope for Australia.

Sources: Geek.com, Speed Test Net Index, Press Run, Open Net   

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