On a recent business trip to Thailand we were amazed at the strength and reliability of Internet connectivity speeds when using local carriers for both wired and WiFi networks. As this was our first trip visiting our technology partners in the region, expectations of speeds were low, based purely on comparing preconceived ideals of Australian infrastructure to South East Asia.
So it was a welcome surprise (coupled with some indignation) when joining our devices to local Thai ISP’s of the actual connection speeds obtained. Whilst working online in Thailand became a breeze, thoughts were quickly turned to connectivity issues faced when working in Australia.
Having long been called ‘the lucky country’, my thoughts of conducting online business in Australia were severely dented. In a recent report, The Ookla Speedtest Global Index ranked Australia as 55th in the world for fixed broadband 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.
In the following two images captured using Ookla Speedtest we tested Internet connectivity using our iPad and the results speak for themselves.
Australian Internet Speed Test
Thailand Internet Speed Test
Thailand Internet Speeds are achieved using such infrastructure as depicted below from our Instagram.
With the NBN Rollout still chugging away across Australia we can only hope that speeds promised can match those of our Asian neighbours…only time will tell.
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