Optimum Internet speeds hit record highs, but consumers are still struggling to access services
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Consumers are still being hit by a slow internet service provider rollout, with some finding it difficult to access online services like Facebook and Twitter.
Photo: Daniel Munoz/Reuters Optimum internet speeds hit a record high of 4.3 gigabits per second on Wednesday, according to a report from Ausnet, an industry association.
Optimum also hit a new all-time record for the average download speed in the country, at 2.3 Mbps.
Optimal internet service was initially rolled out in August last year, but the rollout was slowed by a lack of competition.
Optimised speeds have been pushed back by the rollout delays, with average speeds hit an average of 1.7 Mbps last month.
“Optimum is seeing a rapid and sharp drop in speeds over the past month or so, with peak speeds of just over 4 Mbps now,” the report said.
“This is despite the fact that there are more than 8 million Australian internet customers accessing the internet at peak times.”
Optimum has been facing a barrage of criticism from the Federal Government, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull criticising the company for the poor rollout.
“The government needs to stop this rollout and build a much better broadband network for the people of Australia,” Mr Turnbull said.
Consumers are still being hit by a slow internet service provider rollout, with some finding it difficult to access online…