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Australia Leads on Speed and Connectivity

Chris Althaus, AMTA CEO.

UPDATE - 5 June 2017:

Not only does Australia perform exceptionally well on mobile connectivity but the latest results from Akamai show that we do very well on mobile connection speed. Petroc Wilton from CommsDay reports (2 June 2017) on the the latest Akamai figures:

"The latest Akamai State of the Internet report has seen Australia retain its APAC lead for mobile connection speed ..."

"According to the Q1 2017 edition of the SOTI report, now in its tenth year and ranking 241 countries for broadband performance, Australia continues to lead the APAC region with an average mobile connection speed of 15.7Mbps – up from 13.8Mbps in the previous quarter. Akamai also found Australian smartphone penetration amongst the highest in the world at 84%, with 4G adoption at 77%. “Major mobile networks in Australia diligently retired many older mobile networks showing huge progress to support better mobile connection speed, compared to other Asia Pacific countries that have not or unable to due to device fragmentation in their markets (e.g. 2G, Edge 2.5G),” commented Akamai APJ chief media strategist Vincent Low."

GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index

The inaugural GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index shows that Australia performs exceptionally well and consistently as the top ranked nation in the 2016 GSMA Index. The Index measures the performance of 134 countries, accounting for more than 95% of the world’s population, against the key enablers of mobile internet connectivity. Importantly, it tells us how specific countries and clusters of countries are performing.

In short, Australia is regarded as a leader and our scores reflect a high degree of industry commitment, technical innovation and investment.

What are the enablers and how are they measured?

The  enablers  of  mobile  internet  connectivity  that  inform  the  indicators  selected  for  the Index are:

Infrastructure  –  the  availability  of  high-performance  mobile  internet  network coverage (Australia’s score: 73.2)

Affordability – the availability of mobile services and devices at price points that reflect the level of income across a national population (Australia’s score: 82.4)

Consumer readiness – citizens with the awareness and skills needed to value and use the internet, and a cultural environment that promotes gender equality (Australia’s score: 94.9)

Content – the availability of online content and services accessible and relevant to the local population (Australia’s score: 89.9)

An overall index score of 84.7 places Australia at the top of the list among 134 countries. The Australian mobile telecommunications industry should feel very pleased with its performance across all Index enablers. Our high internet penetration coupled with a strong leadership position demonstrates that Australia is committed to growth and improvement.

The full report can be accessed here:  

As GSMA notes, there is no silver bullet that will result in universal access, however a focus on progressing the  four enablers is key to seeing mobile internet connectivity flourish. The Index plays a critical role in generating useful data and insights that can inform the industry to support and deliver universal access to the internet.

With more than 4 billion people offline, the scope for greater inclusion, growth and development through the internet is significant, noting that the majority of the unconnected live in developing world markets i.e. regions and countries with the greatest opportunity for positive socio-economic impact.

More information

The GSMA’s Mobile Internet Connectivity Index is a new analytical tool accessible through a web-based interface. It measures the performance of 134 countries, accounting for more than 95% of the World’s population, against the four key enablers of mobile internet connectivity. The enablers are composed of 13 dimensions, which are in turn made up of 38 indicators. The Index is unique in its exclusive focus on enablers to mobile connectivity and its global coverage.

The Index is intended to help focus the efforts and resources of the Mobile Industry and wider International Community on the key areas that will promote greater adoption of mobile internet services across countries.

Visit the Index here:  http://www.mobileconnectivityindex.com/   The Tool is interactive and allows users to more closely examine the key metrics associated with each country.

For more information about research conducted by GSMA Intelligence visit here: https://www.gsmaintelligence.com

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