Tuesday, 03 January 2017 13:45

Internet is too slow for most


Perth’s internet speeds are so bad that only 5 per cent of residents consider their home connection “fast”, a poll has revealed.

The survey, taken across eight marginal seats, found 47.4 per cent of Perth locals thought their speed was slow or very slow compared with the small amount who thought they had a fast connection.

Of those polled, 28.2 per cent said their connection was “moderately fast”.

Former iiNet executive Steve Dalby said there were many stories about poor speeds.

“I have friends who can’t get broadband — they’re on dial-up and even their mobile reception is poor,” he said.

“They can’t be a part of modern society, they can’t be a part of the online community in a digital sense, they can’t buy and sell and participate in online activity the way you would expect them to be in the 21st century.”

Mr Dalby said the figures were not surprising because technological expectations were not being met.

“If it’s 5 per cent this year, it will be 4 per cent next year and 3 per cent the year after because as our expectations increase the pace of improvement of broadband technology is appalling,” he said. “Our expectations ought to be met. In 2017, in a wealthy Western country, we should all be having access to the same sort of speeds people in Singapore and other Asian countries are enjoying.”

Mr Dalby also criticised the rollout of the National Broadband Network in WA, saying the State had been at the “tail end” of the exercise.

Ellenbrook resident Troy Wyatt said despite signing up for his service provider’s fastest connection, he and others were now forced to use their smartphones for internet.

“Just about everybody in the area complains about their internet speeds — quite a few of them have dropped and have just been using their mobile phones because it’s quicker,” he said.

“If you’ve got a decent plan and you can get 5GB from your mobile and it’s performing two or three times better than your internet, it sort of becomes ‘Why really have the separate line?’”

The poll, commissioned by Labor-aligned Campaign Capital, polled 876 voters in the electorates of Balcatta, Belmont, Bicton, Forrestfield, Morley, Mt Lawley, Perth and Swan Hills.

Author: Dylan Caporn
Source: https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/internet-is-too-slow-for-most-ng-b88342042z

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