It’s official: Aussies have broadband envy

Our Australian cousins look down their noses at us on so many fronts.

Broadband used to be one.

No longer. The Aussies are now envious of our internet.

“New Zealanders will soon be getting internet speeds 20 times faster than those enjoyed by most Australians for just a few dollars more a month, further widening an already-huge gap between the two countries' broadband networks,” the AFR reports.

The paper notes that while the fastest speed available on Australia's public-private National Broadband Network (NBN) is 50 megabits per second (Mbps), New Zealanders can already get a one gigabit (1000 Mpbs) plan, which Ultrafast Broadband (UFB) network operator Chorus wholesales to ISPs for $65 a month.

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