Last week, we asked for help. And the Crikey faithful have answered the call.

From across Australia and the world, results have poured in from readers in response to Crikey’s national broadband test.

The test results (self-administered, like all good medicine, from Speedtest.net) are illuminating in that they tell us … well, not a lot actually.

Crikey makes no claims to the test results being scientific, but trying to discern any pattern in the table below is difficult. The most striking thing about the results is their randomness.

There are enormous variations in both upload and download speeds but these did not seem to bear any relation to geography, distance to server or ISP.

What we don’t know is the service level each respondee is contracted to and what it costs. Could it be as simple as getting what you pay for? The respondees from regional areas Griffith in NSW and Mackay in Qld will probably think not, especially if a lack of infrastructure is prohibiting even the opportunity to shell out huge wads of cash each month for your ADSL2+ connection.

After all, isn’t that the issue?

The results below are ranked in download speed from fastest to slowest. Unknown information from any given result is represented by a dash (-).

Crikey would like to thank everyone who responded by providing their Speedtest.net results.

 

Name

Location

Download speed (kb/s)

Upload speed (kb/s)

Provider

Joshua

Melbourne

19932

242

Telstra

Declan

Okazaki, Japan

18029

20226

NTT

Michael

Park Orchards, Melbourne

16227

205

Optusnet

Luke

Braddon, Canberra

13655

Internode

Shane

Atwell, Perth

11668

862

iiNet

Mike

Newtown, Sydney

10400

iiNet

Andrew

Ballarat, Victoria

8379

1616

Neighborhood Cable

Andrew

Singapore

8491

4590

Starhub Cable Vision

Sue

Ivanhoe, Melbourne

8201

240

Optusnet

John

Neutral Bay, Sydney

6775

123

Telstra

Tony

Victoria

6536

869

iiNet

Chris

NSW

6103

616

Telstra

Paul

Tokyo, Japan

5465

7305

Softbank PP

Paul

Sydney

5063

842

iiNet

Belinda

Houston Texas, USA

4862

365

Time Warner/
Comcast

Shane

Nedlands, Perth

4467

691

iiNet

Peter

Hobart

4241

710

iiNet

Rachelle & Tim

Adelaide

4158

664

Optusnet

Charles

unknown

3114

708

Chariot

David

Sydney

1264

163

Telstra

“Hobart Metro-gnome”

Hobart, Tasmania

438

99

Pacific Internet

Ian

Richmond, Melbourne

423

103

Netspace

Anon

Mackay, Qld

251

145

Telstra

Johanna

Griffith, NSW

219

50

Singtel Optus

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