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Steam ISP stats lay Australia's dire internet connectivity bare

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Australians are well aware that the country's internet situation is pretty dire, but a new feature in Steam Stats really drives the reality home.

Steam download stats allows users to check average download rates for all ISPs per region, which is handy if you're looking to sign up with the faster provider. TransACT offers the highest average download rate among the country's Steam users at 9Mbps, while M2 offers the lowest at 4.3Mbps.

It's best to keep in mind that the larger providers' average stats may be affected by their greater coverage in rural areas, hence Telstra's lower rating.

Here's the rundown:

NetworkAverage Download Rate
Telstra7.1 Mbps
Optus8.1 Mbps
Internode5.6 Mbps
TPG Telecom5.1 Mbps
M24.3 Mbps
iiNet5.1 Mbps
Primus Telecommunications,AU4.7 Mbps
Exetel Pty Ltd,AU5.3 Mbps
AAPT6.1 Mbps
TransACT Capital Communications Pty Limited,AU9 Mbps

Which is useful information, but it hurts to compare to the United States, where Comcast offers an average 25.8Mbps. The worst performing ISP is CenturyLink, which comes in at 6.8Mbps–a pinch above the average Australian download rate of 6.6Mbps.

Then again, we are only 1.8 per cent of Steam's global traffic, with 1.5 Petabytes downloaded over the last seven days. That's tiny compared to the United States' 16.8PB,

Cheers, Ausgamers.

Shaun is PC Gamer’s Australian editor and news writer. He mostly plays platformers and RPGs, and keeps a close eye on anything of particular interest to antipodean audiences. He (rather obsessively) tracks the movements of the Doom modding community, too.