Testing your mobile speed

ever wondered how fast your mobile data speed really is?

Speed Test

With most of us spending 2.5 hours a day on our smartphones, the need for a good, reliable mobile connection when we’re away from Wi-Fi has become a necessity.

Whether you’re streaming movies on-the-go, uploading files to Dropbox or gaming during your morning commute, you need to be able to connect and do things at speed.

How do speed tests work?

Mobile speed tests allow you to test the performance of mobile cellular data (and Wi-Fi) connections.

They measure this by calculating the time it takes to send and receive data between your device and the speed-test server.


what do my results actually mean?

Once your speed test is complete, you’ll be hit with some pretty technical terms and results. But don’t worry, we’re here to break it all down for you.


Ping is the time it takes for a signal to be sent from one device and back again – a lot like the ball in a game of ping-pong.

Ping measures the time is takes for a device to connect, not the speed of the data transmission. The lower the ping, the better your connection will be.


Is the time it takes for your speed test to complete. As your speed is recorded multiple times, the variation between the recorded speeds is the jitter.

The lower your jitter is, the more stable your connection will be.

download speed

This is the speed at which your connection can download data to your device. Considered the most important aspect of a speed test, speed affects the quality of your streamed shows and movies, as well as the speed a page will load.

Downloads are measured in Mbps (megabits per second)The higher your download speed is, the better

upload speed

The same as download speed… but the opposite. Upload speeds shows how quickly your devices can send or upload files. This result is especially important for people who upload large files to the cloud or need to send large images or video files.

Uploads are measured in Mbps (megabits per second) and the higher the upload speed, the better. Upload speeds are normally slower than download speeds.

How do my results compare?

The numbers you receive from speed tests are all good and well, but sometimes it's nice to know how the results compare to the average speeds across the different mobile network technologies in Australia.


Average download speed: 6.0 Mbps / Average upload speed: 1.5 Mbps


Average download speed: 13.0 Mbps / Average upload speed: 6.0 Mbps 


Average download speed: 34.0 Mbps / Average upload speed: 11.0 Mbps

what can impact my speed?

When it comes to your obtainable mobile speeds, it’s important to consider the following factors:

  • The type of device you’re using
  • Your current location and proximity to the nearest mobile network tower
  • Accessing data during peak periods or at large-scale events such as music festivals, as this can lead to network congestion, which results in a poor connection experience
  • The source of the content being downloaded (including any content server limitations)
  • Streaming or uploading high volume content, putting pressure on the bandwidth

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