Highway 66: the speed at the Sunshine Coast Daily office.
Highway 66: the speed at the Sunshine Coast Daily office.

Netflix internet speed test: How do you rate?

SO just how fast - or painstakingly slow more to the point - is your internet connection?

Netflix has launched a new site to allow Australians to test their mobile or broadband speed.

Fast.com measures your personal internet connection at any given time, the company says.

It's different from its other speed index, which measures average monthly speeds of actual Netflix streams during prime time hours.

"We all want a faster, better Internet, yet internet speeds vary greatly and can be affected by other users on your network or congestion with your Internet service provider,'' Netflix's David Fullagar says in a blog.

"When you're experiencing streaming issues, fast.com allows you to check the download speeds you're getting from your Internet service provider.

"Using Netflix servers, fast.com works like other globally available tools including speedtest.net, and the results should be similar in most cases.

TODAY'S WATER COOLER: So how fast is your internet? Take the test and tell us in comments below.

The speed of Australia's internet, particularly in regional areas, has become a hot political topic after raids by the Australian Federal Police.

The AFP confirmed the raids on Senator Stephen Conroy's Melbourne office and a Labor staffer's home were connected to documents leaked from National Broadband Network Co.

News.com.au reports that in first three months of 2016, more than 6000 Australian contacted the telecommunications ombudsman over data speeds, connection delays and unusable services.

So how do you rate your internet speed?

This poll ended on 27 May 2016.

Current Results

Awesome. I have NBN now


Great. No problems






Third world


Dial-up was faster


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Last year, Australia came 48th in the world for average connection speed of 8.2 megabits per second and 60th for average peak connection speed, at 39.3 mbps.

Megabits v Megabytes

People assume that a download speed of 1 Megabit per second (1 Mbps) will allow them to download a 1 Megabyte file in one second. This is not the case, a Megabit is 1/8 as big as a Megabyte, meaning that to download a 1MB file in 1 second you would need a connection of 8Mbps.

In March, Queensland Liberal MP Wyatt Roy was questioned on Q&A about the country's slow internet speeds.

The issue is particularly sensitive for Malcolm Turnbull, who was the Communications Minister responsible for the NBN rollout.


Simon Van Wyk asked on Q&A:  "Under the tutelage of the Prime Minister, we have seen the broadband speeds in Australia go from being 30th in the world to now 60th in the world. I'd like to know why the government talks about wanting innovation but seems to be actively undermining the actual ecosystem that was going to drive some of that innovation, particularly outside the capital cities."

Mr Roy, the Assistant Innovation Minister, said that in his own electorate, Longman, just south of the Sunshine Coast, - 40,000 people had just been switched on to the NBN.

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