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Internet speeds affect how fast you can download a webpage or file. In fact, they’ll impact anything you try to do online, from watching movies to making a Skype call. Without the most suitable speed for your household, you may struggle to enjoy everything the internet has to offer.
Understanding Internet Download Speeds in Australia
Internet speed is measured in bits – a unit that refers to data transmission speeds. Most internet plans will refer to kilobits per second (Kbps; 1,000 bits per second) or megabits per second (Mbps; 1 million bits per second).
A megabit is larger than a kilobit, so if your connection can transfer at a rate of megabits per second, then it’s going to be faster than a connection that can only transfer at a rate of kilobits per second.
Downloading vs uploading
You’ll see upload and download speeds when comparing plans as these will usually be different.
Most home users will be concerned with the download speed – this will impact how fast a page loads, a movie buffers or a game downloads. For those interested in uploading documents or videos to the internet, you’ll also want to keep an eye on the upload speed limits for your plan.
Internet speeds generally refer to the ‘potential’ speed limit your connection can reach. This doesn’t mean the speed will always be available to you. Internet speeds fluctuate and are impacted by a number of different factors, including:
- Location:Depending on your internet type, the distance between your property and the telephone exchange can impact your download speeds.
- Internet type:Different types of internet connections have different speeds. Cable internet can be faster than ADSL or ADSL2+ , and the NBN can be even faster again.
- Connections:The number of people accessing your network will impact your download speed. The more people, the slower the connection.
- Restrictions:Speeds can be ‘capped’ or restricted by your provider. This can be either a preventative measure to ensure that all users experience similar speeds or to prevent one user from exceeding a set point of data usage.
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Finding the right internet speed for you
Getting to know the internet usage in your house is central to finding a plan that works for you. Consider what everyone using the network will be doing online. Gaming or streaming services such as Netflix or Stan can use up a lot of bandwidth and create a slower experience for everyone using the network. In that situation, it’s worth looking for a faster plan, with a bigger data allowance.
If you’ll just be browsing, online shopping and perhaps streaming music, speed might not be such an issue for you and you might get away with a plan that’s slimmer on data.
The fastest internet in Australia – the NBN
The NBN is an optical fibre network – an NBN plan can offer the fastest internet speeds available in Australia. NBN speeds can be up to four times faster than an ADSL connection.
Contact iSelect on 13 19 20 to discuss which internet speeds might be right for your household.