Slow and slower: Netflix rates Australian ISP speeds

Netflix Speed Index

Each month, Netflix ranks the average prime-time speeds achieved by internet service providers in each of its regions, and then ranks the overall result against the rest of the world.

Now, Australian and New Zealand Netflix has been included in the service’s monthly ISP speed index for the first time, and the results are surprising to say the least.

Telstra, Australia's largest telecommunications company, ranked dead last with an average prime-time speed of 2.23 Mbps, while TPG and Optus took the top two spots, with average speeds of 3.36 Mbps and 3.27 Mbps.

The full Australian ISP speed index can be seen below:

Netflix Speed Index

Speed, gimme what I need

It is believed that TPG and Optus performed well due to the ISPs involvement in the Netflix Open Connect Initiative, which allows the companies to cache up to their 90% Netflix traffic, in order to transport bandwidth to customers faster.

New Zealand’s internet ranked 14th out of the 29 countries in which Netflix offers its service, while Australia ranked 18th, putting it in the bottom half of the world’s Netflix speeds.

On its US & Canada blog, Netflix claimed that “performance for Australian ISPs was impacted by consumer demand exceeding the forecasts Netflix provided.”

Netflix continued by stating that it is “working closely with these ISPs and expect performance to improve in the coming months.”

Stephen Lambrechts
Senior Journalist, Phones and Entertainment

Stephen primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar's Australian team, and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming in both print and online for over a decade. He's obsessed with smartphones, televisions, consoles and gaming PCs, and has a deep-seated desire to consume all forms of media at the highest quality possible. 

He's also likely to talk a person’s ear off at the mere mention of Android, cats, retro sneaker releases, travelling and physical media, such as vinyl and boutique Blu-ray releases. Right now, he's most excited about QD-OLED technology, The Batman and Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga.