Since Netflix launched in Australia in 2015, the streaming service has released its ISP Speed Index report every month, a measure of average download speeds from various internet service providers (ISPs) during prime time.
From the start Optus has taken top spot, but Exetel, an independent family-owned business, has taken over with average download speeds of 3.61Mbps. That number is an improvement from last month’s performance, when Exetel clocked an average of 3.52Mbps in August.
Despite dropping down to second position, Optus did improve on its Netflix performance, averaging 3.60Mbps in September as opposed to 3.56Mbps last month.
Exetel beat out the country’s largest telco, although Telstra has never been a very strong performer on Netflix’s ISP league table. Telstra, however, saw the biggest leap in average download speeds this month, jumping from just 3.14Mbps to a not-too-shabby 3.40Mbps.
It should be noted, however, that these numbers are average streaming speeds and not real-world broadband speeds.