Australian internet sucks !!!
Posted by redracer on June 18, 2007
The Melbourne ‘Age’ newspaper published an article today comparing internet access, services and speed in major cities around the world …
The cities were rated on broadband speed, cost and availability, wireless internet access, technology adoption, government support for technology, education and technology culture & future potential. The top 10 are …
- Seoul (Korea)
- Tokyo (Japan)
- Hong Kong
- Stockholm (Sweden)
- San Francisco and Silicon Valley (USA)
- Tallinn (Estonia)
- New York (USA)
- Beijing (China)
- New Songdo City (Korea)
Notice that the majority of them are in Asia ??
- Seoul has 3 Mb wireless broadband, and broadband is available to 4 ot ouf 5 housholds at the cost of A$40 a month for 100Mbps speeds. 9 out of 10 people have mobile phones and 2 million Koreans watch digital TV on their phone whilst riding public transport etc.
- 65% of Singaporeans have broadband which will shortly be free, and the government is planning a 1Gbps service by 2012.
- Tokyo has had a 3G mobile network for 3 years now, and you can now use your phone to buy from vbending machines and convenience stores, as well as pay for and use railway tickets. 75% of Japanese have a 100Mbps broadband at around A$30 per month.
- Hong Kong has a similar service for A$40 per month, enjoyed by 73% of the population. They also have 70 channels of digital TV available over the broadband network.
- Stockholm has the best broadband speeds in the OECD, and mobile phones can be used in conjunction with RFID tags on consumer goods to automatically charge groceries to your phone bill.
- San Francisco, being the home of Google, Intel etc is a technology geeks heaven and wireless internet at 1Mbps is being implemented in Silicon Valley.
- Tallinn, the capital of Estonia is only a small city, but has learnt from it’s proximity to Scandinavian and provides free wireless internet thoughout the whole city.
- New York is also providing similar services to it’s West coast rival, with a multitude of wireless hotspots.
- Beijing is gearing up for the 2008 Olympic Games and has is implementing a 3G network that will be used for mobile TV and streaming video to games visitors mobiles.
- New Songdo City is a brand new “technology city” being built south of the capital Seoul, and all information systems will be linked and accessible through a user’s smartcard. Construction has commenced, and it is supposed to be ready in 2010. Here is their web site.
So how does my lovely city of Sydney rate ? God know where it was on the list – I think there were two embarrassed to publish the score, even though Melbourne people hate Sydney anyway, and should have liked to have seen Sydney squirm. However I am sure Melbourne is not much better than us.
The NSW Government has announced that by 2008 some CBD areas will have free wireless broadband. Most mobiles are used as telephones only, as 3G mobile services have only started to be made available recently. The average broadband speed is 1Mbps and many plans are only 256Kbps. And for that you pay around A$60 per month – if you want over 1Mbps, you can pay as much as A$110 per month.
You can see why I am still using dial-up 🙄
You can read the whole story here …