Australia is going against the global trend of increasing average and peak broadband connection speeds, with content delivery network provider Akamai noting slowdowns for the country.
Globally, the average speed for connections to Akamai stands at 2.9 megabits per second, and the peak speed has reached 16.6 megabits per second, increasing steadily quarter on quarter.
The figures for average and peak connection speed in Australia are 4.2 and 23.4 megabits per second respectively. New Zealand posted somewhat slower figures at 4 Mbps and 19.2 Mbps respectively, representing slight increases.
Year on year, Akamai's fourth quarter 2012 report points to what it called an "unexpectedly high decline" of average connection speed in Australia of 23 per cent.
"Australia’s decline is unexpectedly high, especially given the progress being made on the National Broadband Network (NBN)
"Although there have been some challenges in keeping up with demand for service, these deployment delays should not be driving such a significant decline in average connection speeds," the report says.
Akamai's report notes that year on year, Australia saw "a surprisingly large 28 per cent drop" in peak connection speed compared to 2011.