Kiwis enjoy faster download speeds for websites than Australians, according to new research.
According to data from independent broadband tester Truenet, New Zealand's investment in our telephone line broadband means we have a significantly better network compared to Australia.
It looks like New Zealand will extend that lead as its fibre programme expands while Australia is now only just starting to put in place a phone line network similar to what Kiwis enjoy.
TrueNet says the lack of political consensus has resulted in the expanding gap between copper broadband performance in the two countries.
The data from TrueNet was gathered by comparing New Zealand's 280 copper line probes with a small but relevant sample of 12 Australian probes by downloading the same websites in each country.
NZ had better download times than Australia for popular Australian websites. As expected, NZ probes were quicker to download NZ websites.
A data project by The Guardian also confirmed this. It's results showed the average download speed in New Zealand was 16.77 Mbps compared to 14.08 Mbps for Australia.