Sydney Airport has the slowest complimentary WiFi service of any major Australian airport, according to research published this week by Ookla: the company behind the popular Speedtest website and app.
Using data taken from 5,492 individual speed tests performed across airports in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and the Gold Coast, Sydney’s connection performed the worst, with average download speeds of 3.18Mbps and uploads clocking in at 3.31Mbps.
Adelaide Airport’s free WiFi service wasn’t much better, with average downloads of 4.87Mbps and uploads of 4.86Mbps, while Gold Coast Airport took top honours in Australia thanks to downloads averaging a much beefier 80.73Mbps and uploads 70.37Mbps.
Not only are Gold Coast Airport’s average downloads speeds the best of any major Australian airport – and over 25 times faster than those of Sydney Airport – they’re the fastest measured of any major airport in the world, according to Ookla.
Speeds at Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth airports proved acceptable, with downloads averaging 21.22-61.67Mbps and uploads 33.3-60.08Mbps across each airport’s public connection, although in most cases, travellers could find even faster speeds by using their own mobile service.
At Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide airports, average download speeds enjoyed by mobile users trumped the typical WiFi speeds of each airport, with WiFi only faster than cellular data at Perth Airport and Gold Coast Airport:
Typical Internet access speeds in airline lounges weren’t provided by Ookla or incorporated into the figures above: only speeds measured via the main complimentary WiFi service at each airport.