Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he has achieved a first for the Australian government in delivering MyBroadband, a new website that aims to provide information on the download speeds available across Australia.
The website was launched today, accompanying the full report into Australian broadband quality and accessibility from the Department of Communications late last year.
MyBroadband is similar to NBN Co's rollout tracker, and allows users to put in their address and see what broadband is available in their area, be it ADSL, hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC), or fibre, as well as 3G or 4G connectivity. It also provides an estimation of the available download speeds on those services.
"It will enable Australians to see how their neighbourhood rates in terms of internet connectivity," Turnbull told journalists in Sydney today.
"All the leading telecommunications companies, and a lot of the smaller ones, too, to get as much information as we can to determine in these small areas what the availability of broadband and what the quality is," he said.
"You may find the service in your own address is not consistent with this, but this is the closest you can do without testing every single premise in the country."
ZDNet revealed yesterday that Telstra, Optus, iiNet, and a number of other telcos all took part in the report. Turnbull said today that in addition to information such as the length of the line from the exchange, and the availability of ports in exchanges, the government was also able to get a hold of key information about Telstra's copper network ahead of renegotiations with NBN Co over access to the copper for a fibre-to-the-node network.
"We've done a lot of work with the telcos, and we're satisfied with these estimates. They don't just measure the distance from the exchange, but the speeds. This is consistent with the telcos' own experience.
"We've had a lot of assistance from Telstra."