Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 398. Updated Tuesday, 25 February 2014

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New website reveals broadband blackspots

Australians can now see how their neighbourhood internet connectivity rates with the launch of a new website.

MyBroadband was launched on 20 February 2014 and the Department of Communications also released the full Broadband Availability and Quality Report.

The report compares broadband quality and availability to homes and businesses in more than 78,000 local areas across Australia.

The report shows that 91 per cent of premises across the country have access to fixed-line broadband.

But up to 1.6 million premises either don't have access to fixed broadband or have very poor broadband connectivity with peak median download speeds of less than 4.8 megabits per second.

Canberra has the most widespread internet access, with 94 per cent of the ACT capable of accessing ADSL, according to the report.

Report compares access

Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia rank next highest in terms of ADSL coverage, but Tasmania has the lowest level of ADSL availability.

The report says while 9.9 million premises can access ADSL, only 3.1 million have access to fast or very fast broadband speeds of 25 Mbps download and five Mbps upload and above.

The report is the first of its kind to be undertaken by an Australian Government, with data drawn from all major Australian telecommunications carriers.

It describes the broadband technologies available as well as the speed that can typically be achieved over each available technology platform.

NBN Co will prioritise work in underserved areas where this is logistically and commercially feasible.

The NBN's recent Strategic Review found that underserved areas can be upgraded on average two years sooner if they are prioritised in the rollout.

The MyBroadband website allows people to see the availability and quality ratings for their local area.

Speed tests will soon be integrated into the website.

The analysis and website identify areas in Australia where there is little or no access to broadband infrastructure.

The report said Australia's mobile broadband coverage is much stronger, with nearly 60 per cent of the country able to access 4G and more than 80 per cent accessing 3G.

View the MyBroadband website at this PS News link.

View the Broadband Availability and Quality Report at this PS News link.

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