Steam download stats reveal what we already knew about Australian internet speeds
The latest Steam release added a Steam download stats page, outlining the download speeds Steam users get by region and ISP. It reveals some interesting numbers, such as Russia accounting for nearly 10% of Steam traffic or South Korea downloading at an average speed of 49.8 Mbps.
The Australian figures are sombre reading, but nothing we didn’t already know. I was surprised that we account for only 1.8% of Steam traffic, but less surprised that we do so at an average speed of 6.6Mbps, behind such countries as New Zealand (9.4Mbps), Kazakhstan (8.1Mbps) and about half to a third of the speed that the United States, United Kingdom and Europe get. On an ISP basis Optus (8.1Mbps) and Telstra (7.1Mbps) lead the way of the major providers, with the rest settling between 6.1Mbps and 5.1Mbps including AAPT (6.1Mbps), Internode (5.6Mbps), Exetel (5.3Mbps), iiNet (5.1Mbps) and TPG (5.1Mbps). Slightly behind were iPrimus (4.7Mbps) and the M2 Telecommunications group (4.3Mbps), which includes Dodo and Eftel.
It’s sobering to know exactly where we sit in the world in terms of internet speeds, though within the region we do get faster speeds than most of South-East Asia. With the NBN crippled for the near future, things aren’t going to change, but at least we now have something to point to when told that we compete globally in download speeds.