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What you need to know when comparing Australia’s National Broadband Network internet plans
We’ve heard a lot about Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) over the past few years. The network is currently being constructed and if you don’t have access to it already, you will shortly.
In order to maximize your Internet experience, you’ll need to connect to the NBN. This means choosing the NBN plan that’s right for you and your household. Here’s what you should consider before connecting.
What is the NBN?
The National Broadband Network, or NBN, is a nationwide project, replacing the existing communications infrastructure. It will allow service providers to offer faster, more reliable broadband services. Ultimately, around 93% of Australian homes will be connected to the NBN, with the project slated to be wrapped up in 2021.
The NBN offers maximum theoretical download speeds of up to 100Mbps – this makes it up to four times faster than ADSL2+, which only offers maximum theoretical download speeds of up to 24Mbps.
But what do these numbers mean for you? Currently, a 1GB file takes around 11 minutes to download using an ADSL2+ connection. With the NBN, the same file could be downloaded in just 80 seconds.
Not only are the NBN download speeds much faster than the services currently available, but the network shouldn’t be affected by extreme weather conditions in the same way ADSL and wireless connections may be.
Consider the speed of your NBN plan
When it comes to NBN plans, service providers offer a choice of four speeds. The speed you require will depend on your internet usage. Please note that each speed is “up to”, therefore you won’t be guaranteed to receive the stated speed. The download speeds are:
- 12Mbps:12Mbps is not particularly fast and is similar to what you may already experience with your ADSL or ADSL2+ connection. However, if your internet and phone usage is minimal, this might be a suitable option.
- 25Mbps:If you enjoy browsing the web, streaming videos online and accessing your emails, then 25Mbps could be right for you. It’s suitable for everyday use.
- 50Mbps:50Mbps is ideal for families or homes where multiple people are streaming videos in high definition (HD), playing online games or uploading and downloading large files.
- 100Mbps:Consider 100Mbps if your household wants superfast internet all the time. This speed will allow you to stream videos in 4K, upload and download large files faster and play responsive online games in HD.
What else do you need to know when choosing an NBN Plan?
There’s more to consider than download speeds. You’ll also want to look at:
- Available technology: This includes FTTP , FTTB , FTTN , Fixed Wireless or HFC.
- Additional equipment: Certain types of technology require the installation of additional equipment.
- Add-ons: Some service providers may offer add-on services such as Foxtel or include their own streaming service.
- Length of contract: Depending on your provider you’ll be able to choose between a 12-month or 24-month contract. Alternatively, you might be able to choose a month-to-month plan, but this may come with additional set-up costs.
Make sure you check which options are available in your area before committing to a plan.
Connect to the NBN
The NBN is not sold directly to the public; you need to connect via a service provider. Some of the service providers offering NBN plans include:
To find out which NBN plans are available in your area, speak to one of our internet and broadband experts by calling 13 19 20.