Aussies paying too much for broadband

New research has revealed that Australians are receiving half the broadband speed that they pay for.

New research has revealed that Australians are receiving half the broadband speed that they pay for. The research, conducted by by global broadband authority Epitiro, revealed Australians receive an average 65.5 per cent of the download speed advertised by their Internet Service Providers (ISP).

When downloading data, the speed could be a crippling 14.5 percent of that advertised. Leading broadband provider managed just 8.7 per cent of its advertised package speed when downloading from international servers. Yet Telstra still managed to deliver the fastest broadband speed…

Epitiro spent the last two months of 2008 monitoring broadband speeds by monitoring actual customer experiences. Six million tests were conducted, covering popular broadband activities including web surfing, downloading music and movies, internet gaming and watching streaming videos.

Epitiro MD Mike Cranna believes the findings reflect badly on Australia’s ISPs and raise concerns regarding the real level of service being provided to Australian broadband users.

The research findings were announced hot on the heels of Telstra’s new 300 million dollar broadband expansion plan which is set to triple broadband speeds by the end of the year.

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