Average internet speeds in Australia have dropped in the last decade to an average of less than 100 megabits per second (Mbps), compared with an average speed of about 1,000Mbps in the US and Europe, according to the National Broadband Network Co-operative.
A survey by telco Telstra found that consumers in Australia pay for about 30 per cent of their internet connection in terms of data caps, which is the most expensive.
That is more than double the US, where the average cap is $40 per month.
In some states, customers pay as much as $100 a month for internet access.
“It’s not that the US is more efficient,” Mr Smith said.
“The US is a much more competitive market.
“If you can get those prices down, you can have the most robust and efficient network.” “
It is not just the cost that is a concern. “
If you can get those prices down, you can have the most robust and efficient network.”
It is not just the cost that is a concern.
A study by NBN Co and the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that there are now more than 10,000 broadband networks in Australia.
These are networks that have been built, operated and maintained by telcos, and which are used by many Australians.
The survey also found that Australians spent an average $3,000 more each year on internet access than they did in 2009, when the NBN was being built.
NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow said the cost for Australians has fallen because there are more fibre connections than before.
“We’ve seen the costs of building and maintaining networks fall, and we’ve seen an increase in the price of our fibre,” Mr Morrow said.
Mr Morrow added that the costs had dropped due to a combination of a combination in cost reductions and investments in data caps and other measures to protect consumers.
He said the costs would be reduced further if Australians adopted a fibre-to-the-node network.
“Data caps and caps on the internet are a way to keep costs down and to reduce the cost to the consumer,” Mr Munday said.