Australia's internet insignificance

Australia may see Telstra's internet failure as a sign of the apocalypse, but when put in perspective it's little more than a minor hiccup in the grand scheme of the worldwide web

The apocalypse seemed neigh yesterday when Telstra’s internet crashed.

It brought down banks, companies and offbeat work internet browsing all in one fell swoop. 

Despite the masses of people effected Telstra’s mishap, it had little to no impact on the operations worldwide web.

Because the majority of our population is connected to the net, we seem to forget that Australia is not the internet capital of the planet.

Comparatively, we are more like a small remote outpost in the vastness of cyberspace, compared to major hubs like Europe, Africa or Central Asia. If Central Asia were to go offline, then there would be chaos.

In lieu of this, today’s infographic is a reminder of our virtual insignificance.

The graphic measures usage and internet speeds up to 2010, so no doubt there has been some change since then. But internet uptake seems to be tied to population growth and you don’t need to be a demographer to know that countries in Asia and Africa are currently undergoing a boom in population expansion.

So next time the internet falters in Australia, you can relax knowing that our virtual world will not come crashing down. It’s more than likely being hosted by our Chinese neighbours.

Today’s infographic was created by Webhostingbuzz and was sourced from TechCrunch.