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Data Show Oz Internet Speeds Slumping During COVID19

MELBOURNE: When it comes to working from home curing COVID19, it appears not all cities are equal. According to figures supplied to the ABC, the best city for Internet access since the coronavirus forced self-isolation is Perth.

The ABC said Australians are accessing the Internet from home in record numbers. This has caused an increase in demand of up to 80 percent.

Canberra and Melbourne are experiencing the worst average Internet congestion, according to figures supplied by Monash University. The nation’s capital is seeing on average six percent more congestion since the move to self-isolating, with Melbourne close behind.

Sydney ranks seventh, between Wollongong (better) and Townsville (worse). Adelaide and Brisbane rank as the ninth and 10th worst cities for Internet access so far.

Despite the surge, the report says the network is holding up when Australia needs it most.

The NBN says it has been preparing for the increased demand, and its network is “performing well in all cities”.

The research, by the Monash University-linked company KASPR datahaus, assessed the Internet congestion of Australia’s major cities from February till March 30, with the data exposing huge differences in the speed from city to-city.

While Perth’s the best, Canberra and Melbourne are experiencing the worst average Internet congestion in the country, thanks to the sudden demands of the new work-from-home reality. The nation’s capital is seeing on average six percent more congestion since the move to self-isolating, with Melbourne not far behind. – Chris Castellari

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