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Fact Check: Is Malcolm Turnbull's comparison of Kenyan and Australian broadband valid?

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Liberal Party of Australia Broadband
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When it was put to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that Kenya has faster internet than Australia, he dismissed the comparison saying 90 per cent of Austalians had access to broadband while in Kenya just one-and-a-half per cent had access. Is Mr Turnbull's comparison of Kenyan and Australian broadband valid? RMIT ABC Fact Check found his claim is not the full story. Only about 1.75 per cent of Kenyans have access to fixed broadband. However, millions of Kenyans rely on mobile services for their internet, through either 2G, 3G or 4G subscriptions. By some definitions 3G and 4G networks are seen as fast enough to qualify as "broadband". Available data shows a far greater proportion than 1.5 per cent of Kenyans have access to speeds that might qualify as "broadband" when mobile subscriptions are included. However, it is unlikely that the millions of Kenyans using mobile broadband services would get faster speeds than the majority of Australians. In addition, using the most credible measure for comparing fixed broadband speeds, Australia remains faster than Kenya, despite some reports to the contrary. Australia also has slightly faster mobile broadband than Kenya. These factors put Australia ahead of Kenya, but Mr Turnbull is not entitled to suggest that the scale of Australia's advantage is in the order of 90:1.5.
Verdict: Not the full story
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