After years of slower Internet speeds, the average speed of Australians is now averaging around 50Mbps, down from the average of 60Mbps in the years prior.
Key points:The average broadband speed has decreased by more than a factor of 10 since 2010It is the lowest speed in the past three yearsIt is also the lowest in the region for the past five yearsSource: AusNetStats data, from the Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Bureau of Industry and Commerce, on Wednesday nightThe average of 50Mbps is the slowest it has been since 2010.
The average speed dropped from 62.7Mbps to 59.3Mbps between 2010 and 2016.
However, the reduction was less than a tenth of a per cent, meaning that average speeds are now averaging about 50Mbps.
The Australian Bureau’s data shows that average broadband speeds have been declining for the third year running, although the trend has reversed in recent years.
The data shows average speeds dropped by a factor, or ten, of 10, from 2010 to 2016.
ABS has calculated that average download speeds are down about 1.7 per cent since 2010 and average upload speeds by 1.3 per cent.
This trend is driven by Australia’s reliance on fixed broadband.
This is the technology that allows Australians to connect to the NBN’s broadband network, which delivers high-speed download speeds.
While the NBN is expected to provide speeds up to 4Mbps, the NBN Co (NBN) will only provide speeds of around 10Mbps.
In fact, the internet speeds available to Australians are lower than in the 1990s, when the average was 50Mbps for most Australians.
It was only when the country began using mobile phones that the average began dropping.
But the decline in average speeds is not just a consequence of slower speeds.
It is due to the slow deployment of the NBN.
As well as a shift to the Internet of Things, the rise in internet usage and the slow uptake of fixed broadband have meant that the NBN has not been deployed in Australia.
The rollout has been hampered by a lack of staff to manage it.
The NBN has struggled to provide enough fibre-optic cables to every home and business, resulting in an increasing amount of land that is being used for the project.
This land is being re-utilised for residential and commercial developments.
There are also delays in the rollout of the broadband, including problems with the cable infrastructure.
The network is currently undergoing a re-organisation.
This has meant that some of the existing infrastructure has been left in place and others have been moved to other areas of the country, making it more difficult for the network to operate.ABS figures show that between May and June, NBN Co had to work out which parts of the network were in good working order, as part of the re-architecting of the fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) network.
This meant that it was only in June that the network was operational.
However this process was halted in October, when NBN Co discovered a problem with the existing network.
The problem, which ABS says could have affected around 80,000 premises, resulted in a delay of three months.
This was followed by the announcement of a fix for the issue on July 22.
The fix was then rolled out on August 13.
But the fix was not sufficient to meet the network’s demand.
The ABS figures show NBN Co was not able to provide a sufficient supply of fibre-connectors to the entire network, with the number of premises that had to be re-arranged increasing every day.
This prompted ABS to release a report on Wednesday that detailed the difficulties faced by NBN Co.
In the past few weeks, NBN has been able to roll out fibre-coaxial cables in the country for the second time in two months.
In total, around 5.2 million premises have been re-connected since the change was made, which has made it the fastest time of the year.
The figures show the number, in each state and territory, that were still in the “in-progress” queue for re-connections had increased by around 60 per cent from the previous month.
However it was NBN that was most reluctant to roll it out.
The company was not available for comment on the latest figures.
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