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Awful Aussie internet speeds will get even worse after undersea cable damage 

Things are about to get worse for ever-suffering Australian internet users.

ITnews reports that two typhoons have damaged a number of undersea cables between Hong Kong and Sydney, which will result increased latency and even slower internet speeds.

Internode and TPG-owned iiNet and, two Aussie Internet Service Providers (ISPs), have warned their customers about the damage. The degrade in service is expected to last until mid-October.

SEA-ME-WE3 was one of the major cables to be affected by the typhoons. It handles traffic between Perth and Asia and although it is getting repaired, it could be some time before things go back to normal.

And by “Normal” I mean rock bottom garbage.

U.S. content delivery network and cloud services provider Akamai Technologies recently released its global State of the Internet of Report, which includes rankings of countries’ average internet speed.

According to the report, Australia is currently ranked 50th in the world, with an average speed of 11.1 megabits per second.

While that is an increase on last year – when Australia ranked 51st – it still puts us behind places such as Kenya and most painfully of all, the Kiwis.

First rugby and now internet speeds. There is only so much bruising the Aussie ego can take.

But don’t worry folks. An NBN Co spokesman told News Corp that report convered “millions of people who don’t yet have the NBN network.”

OK, great. So now all we need is the NBN. How is that coming along?

Since its inception in 2009, we’ve seen political battles, technology switches, delays, more delays and budget overblows.

What we haven’t seen is fast, affordable and future-proofed internet delivered to Aussie homes.

Techly has been bemoaning the state of the NBN since at least 2014, and today I can’t tell you things are much better.

Aussies were originally promised an NBN what would be delivered by 2016 at a cost of $29.5 billion.

But recent predictions show that it will be more like 2020 and a cost of closer to $50 billion.

On top of that, the NBN is being built on a mix of technologies, rather than the superior fibre-to-the-premises option that was suggested in the first place.

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Stefan is an Adelaide-based freelance writer. In his spare time, he plays tennis badly, collects vinyl and brushes up on his Mandarin. Follow Stefan on Twitter

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