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Measuring Australia's fixed broadband performance

New analysis shows Australia's fixed broadband performs strongly on key indicators.

New analysis released today by the Bureau of Communications, Arts and Regional Research (BCARR) finds Australia's fixed broadband performs strongly across key indicators and outlines a robust approach when comparing to other countries.

BCARR and PricewaterhouseCoopers developed a new methodology and more robust measures for assessing Australia's fixed broadband performance along with a more comparable subset of similar countries, including those with a similar economy and geography.

The analysis finds Australia performs strongly on near-universal access to services of at least 25 megabits per second and has high broadband take up. Australia ranks 1st out of 15 comparable countries for broadband access to services with speeds of at least 25 megabits per second, with over 99 per cent of homes and businesses having access to fixed services with this minimum speed.

The analysis also looks at the limitations of existing measures that often focus on download speeds, and do not always accurately reflect relative performance due to methodological issues and data availability.

The BCARR has drawn on the analysis to produce a series of fact sheets on Australia's fixed broadband performance in comparison to international peers.

Two fact sheets in this series are being released today—'Measuring Australia's fixed broadband performance', and 'International comparison of fixed broadband performance: coverage and minimum speeds'.

New fact sheets informed by this analysis will be released in the coming weeks.

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