Netflix for Australian travellers: What speeds can you expect?

Alex Kidman 8 January 2016

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Netflix is now available to Australians travelling overseas, with only a few exclusions. But will you find quality broadband to stream when you get there?

Netflix has announced that it's launching across the globe (excluding China, Crimea, Syria and North Korea), which means that the streaming service is now available in a whole host of countries that you might be planning to travel to in the near future.

The existing streaming rights that Netflix has means that the availability of content will vary by region, whether you’re in Hong Kong, India, Russia or Iran, for example. But Netflix itself won't discriminate against you if you have an active subscription and your country location changes.

This means that if you log into Netflix abroad without using a VPN, you'll be provided with whatever the local Netflix catalogue offers instead of the current Australian library of titles. Depending on where you are, that may be a larger or smaller library, but you should at the very least get a basic level of access.

Content is one issue, and the other is probably going to be connection speed, because Netflix dynamically adjusts the visual quality offered based on your current connection speeds. Netflix provides advised connection speeds for each level of quality offered, so it's not too hard to discern what you need to have in order to be able to access a specific quality level.

It's worth noting that not every title available on Netflix is streamed in HD or 4K quality. For example, most Netflix Originals are available in 4K, but other titles might only be available in standard definition (SD).
Here is Netflix’s advice on required broadband speeds for each type of connection, bearing in mind that the entry level speeds of 0.5Mbps and 1.5Mbps would require significant buffering:

  • 0.5 Megabits per second - Required broadband connection speed
  • 1.5 Megabits per second - Recommended broadband connection speed
  • 3.0 Megabits per second - Recommended for SD quality
  • 5.0 Megabits per second - Recommended for HD quality
  • 25 Megabits per second - Recommended for Ultra HD quality

With Netflix increasing its footprint across the globe, it’s also increasing its audience, as long as those countries can meet the required speeds.

Using the global speed metrics provided by Akamai’s State Of The Internet data for Q3 2015, here is how each country compares and what type of connection a user in those countries can expect. Any location marked as N/A did not have available average download data for comparison purposes.

Keep in mind that these are only averages, and you may well hit a better connection than these numbers suggest, which would improve your Netflix experience. It’s interesting to note that there’s still no country on Earth that automatically passes the 4K quality barrier outright.

Likewise, for the countries where Akamai presents download speed data, there are none that outright fail the lowest bar for Netflix streaming, although you’re likely to encounter significant buffering connecting at anything under the recommended 1.5Mbps rate.

CountryAverage Net SpeedEquivalent Netflix Quality
South Korea20.543HD
Sweden17.445HD
Norway16.433HD
Switzerland16.204HD
Hong Kong15.8HD
Netherlands15.621HD
Japan15.027HD
Finland14.824HD
Latvia14.54HD
Czech Republic14.526HD
Denmark13.955HD
Romania13.082HD
Iceland13.046HD
United Kingdom12.974HD
Belgium12.775HD
United States12.572HD
Singapore12.5HD
Ireland12.431HD
Lithuania12.228HD
Bulgaria12.117HD
Canada11.896HD
Andorra11.78HD
Germany11.527HD
Austria11.391HD
Israel11.197HD
Slovakia11.189HD
Hungary10.659HD
Portugal10.583HD
Poland10.567HD
Liechtenstein10.476HD
Spain10.352HD
Russia10.225HD
Ukraine10.154HD
Taiwan10.07HD
Slovenia9.748HD
Moldova9.738HD
Malta9.695HD
Estonia9.374HD
Rwanda9.292HD
Luxembourg9.129HD
Puerto Rico8.795HD
New Zealand8.652HD
Thailand8.236HD
France8.154HD
Australia7.827HD
Bahamas7.599HD
Mongolia7.542HD
Faroe Islands7.479HD
Georgia7.071HD
Trinidad and Tobago6.799HD
United Arab Emirates6.793HD
Italy6.526HD
Greece6.322HD
Turkey6.225HD
Macedonia6.135HD
Belarus6.037HD
San Marino6.034HD
Qatar6.004HD
Uruguay5.92HD
Kazakhstan5.893HD
Barbados5.792HD
Bosnia and Herzegovina5.76HD
Jamaica5.684HD
Papua New Guinea5.683HD
Chile5.674HD
U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas)5.665HD
Croatia5.563HD
Mexico5.546HD
Cyprus5.509HD
Kuwait5.301HD
Grenada5.142HD
Sri Lanka (Ceylon)5.13HD
Albania5.042HD
Malaysia4.883SD (Recommended)
Montenegro4.685SD (Recommended)
Fijian Islands4.637SD (Recommended)
Zimbabwe4.452SD (Recommended)
Peru4.43SD (Recommended)
Saint Kitts And Nevis4.396SD (Recommended)
Colombia4.242SD (Recommended)
Argentina4.171SD (Recommended)
Ecuador4.091SD (Recommended)
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines4.058SD (Recommended)
Bahrain3.957SD (Recommended)
Dominica3.957SD (Recommended)
Cambodia (Kampuchea)3.916SD (Recommended)
Armenia3.892SD (Recommended)
Uzbekistan3.778SD (Recommended)
Iraq3.7SD (Recommended)
Brunei Darussalam3.697SD (Recommended)
South Africa3.669SD (Recommended)
Brazil3.645SD (Recommended)
Jordan3.608SD (Recommended)
Greenland3.563SD (Recommended)
Panama3.485SD (Recommended)
Azerbaijan3.421SD (Recommended)
Lesotho3.416SD (Recommended)
Vietnam3.389SD (Recommended)
Liberia3.386SD (Recommended)
Myanmar (Burma)3.295SD (Recommended)
Costa Rica3.203SD (Recommended)
Saint Lucia3.201SD (Recommended)
Morocco3.163SD (Recommended)
Western Sahara3.163SD (Recommended)
Saudi Arabia3.152SD (Recommended)
Oman3.052SD (Recommended)
Tajikistan3.048SD (Recommended)
Indonesia2.969SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Mauritius2.908SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Guatemala2.907SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Tunisia2.901SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
British Guyana2.833SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Philippines2.816SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
El Salvador2.763SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Lao People's Democratic Republic2.677SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Kyrgyzstan2.669SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Bangladesh2.608SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Madagascar2.564SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Nicaragua2.553SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Nigeria2.527SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Kenya2.526SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
India2.522SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Honduras2.445SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Sao Tome and Principe2.427SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Algeria2.422SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Dominican Republic2.303SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Suriname2.232SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Haiti2.145SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Bhutan2.111SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Burundi2.111SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire)2.076SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Pakistan2.064SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
South Sudan2.044SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Republic of the Congo2.002SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Iran1.997SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Belize1.99SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Turkmenistan1.975SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Mozambique1.924SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Sierra Leone1.886SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Gabon1.877SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Tanzania1.844SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Gambia1.842SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Ethiopia1.825SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Nepal1.825SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Angola1.8SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Namibia1.781SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Bolivia1.779SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Malawi1.763SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Egypt1.738SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Djibouti Republic1.734SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Sint Maarten1.703SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Anguilla1.7SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Antigua and Barbuda1.7SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Ghana1.691SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Somalia1.673SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Cameroon1.657SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Uganda1.633SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Lebanon1.626SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Cuba1.621SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Paraguay1.506SD (Recommended, buffering likely)
Venezuela1.453SD (Minimum Requirement)
East Timor (Timor-Leste)1.437SD (Minimum Requirement)
Zambia1.397SD (Minimum Requirement)
Swaziland1.37SD (Minimum Requirement)
Guinea1.322SD (Minimum Requirement)
Senegal1.296SD (Minimum Requirement)
Sudan1.294SD (Minimum Requirement)
Botswana1.232SD (Minimum Requirement)
Mauritania1.229SD (Minimum Requirement)
American Samoa1.188SD (Minimum Requirement)
Equatorial Guinea1.164SD (Minimum Requirement)
Democratic Republic of Congo1.138SD (Minimum Requirement)
Eritrea1.134SD (Minimum Requirement)
Benin (Dahomey)1.126SD (Minimum Requirement)
Chad1.043SD (Minimum Requirement)
Afghanistan0.976SD (Minimum Requirement)
Yemen0.89SD (Minimum Requirement)
Comoros0.807SD (Minimum Requirement)
Togo0.777SD (Minimum Requirement)
Guinea-Bissau0.644SD (Minimum Requirement)
Niger0.622SD (Minimum Requirement)
Central African Republic0.616SD (Minimum Requirement)
Libya0.587SD (Minimum Requirement)
Burkina Faso (Upper Volta)0.578SD (Minimum Requirement)
Mali0.521SD (Minimum Requirement)
ArubaN/A
Australian AntarcticaN/A
BermudaN/A
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaN/A
British Indian Ocean TerritoryN/A
British Virgin IslandsN/A
Cape Verde Islands (Cabo Verde)N/A
Cayman IslandsN/A
Christmas IslandN/A
Cocos (Keeling) IslandsN/A
Cook IslandsN/A
CuraçaoN/A
Falkland IslandsN/A
Federated States of MicronesiaN/A
French GuianaN/A
French PolynesiaN/A
GibraltarN/A
GuadeloupeN/A
GuamN/A
GuernseyN/A
Heard Island and McDonald IslandsN/A
Isle Of ManN/A
JerseyN/A
KiribatiN/A
MacaoN/A
MaldivesN/A
Marshall IslandsN/A
MartiniqueN/A
MayotteN/A
MicronesiaN/A
MonacoN/A
MontserratN/A
NauruN/A
Netherlands AntillesN/A
New CaledoniaN/A
NiueN/A
Norfolk IslandN/A
Northern Mariana IslandsN/A
PalauN/A
PalestineN/A
Pitcairn IslandsN/A
RéunionN/A
Saint BarthélemyN/A
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaN/A
Saint MartinN/A
Saint Pierre and MiquelonN/A
SamoaN/A
SeychellesN/A
Solomon IslandsN/A
South Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsN/A
Tokelau IslandsN/A
TongaN/A
Turks And Caicos IslandsN/A
TuvaluN/A
United States Minor Outlying Islands (Baker Island, Midway Atoll, Wake Island)N/A
Vanuatu (New Hebrides)N/A
Vatican CityN/A
Wallis and FutunaN/A

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