A new survey shows internet speed remains slow in some parts of Australia.
The survey of more than 10,000 people found Australians’ average speed was slower than the US or Europe but faster than New Zealand.
But the average was lower than the OECD average of 11.8Mbps.
The lowest average was in New Zealand, at 12.9Mbps.
New Zealand’s average was 12.5Mbps.
Australians’ speeds dropped in New South Wales and Victoria.
The report found Australians who owned broadband internet service were most likely to be in urban areas, in regional areas, and in regional cities.
It said there were a few areas of Australia where speed was faster than average, but many people did not have broadband access.
The average speed of Australians in regional locations was 10.4Mbps, compared with 7.8Mpbs in metropolitan areas.
In regional cities, the average speed for people in regional regions was 8.4Mpbs, while for people living in the outer suburbs, it was 7.5Mpbs.
The top-performing regional cities were Sydney (9.8 Mbps), Brisbane (8.9 Mbps), Perth (8 Mbps) and Adelaide (7.8).
In metropolitan areas, the top-rated cities were Canberra (8-10 Mbps), Melbourne (8Mbps), Sydney (8Mpb), Brisbane and Perth (6-8 Mbps).
For more stories about Australia’s broadband, see our news release.
Mr Cameron said that while the internet was being built up in rural and regional areas and cities, it could take up to 20 years to have full fibre internet access.
“The average person in rural Australia is going to have broadband for the next 10 years, so we’ve got to get there faster,” he said.
“We’ve got a massive gap in broadband availability, so that’s going to be the challenge of the next decade.”
He said the Government was looking at options to accelerate the rollout.
“There’s lots of things we can do, including investing in broadband, building more networks and providing better connections,” he told reporters.
“But we’re also going to need a more effective rollout strategy.”