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Internet speed is probably super important to you, but you might not have any idea how it works! Internet speed is measured in megabits per second (Mbps). This is basically how much data your connection can pull through each second.
At a speed of 100Mbps, you should be able to stream a nice, 4K-quality movie no problem!1 However, if your internet only reaches 25Mbps, then it will struggle to keep up with all the data a big video file like this sends through.2 At 25Mbps, you might experience pauses in the movie where your internet has to catch its breath to process everything—not exactly a smooth experience!
Like most Aussies, you’re probably connected to the internet through the NBN network.3 Internet providers typically outline the internet speed of their plans through different speed tiers.
Most providers will also offer a key fact sheet on their website that details the kinds of download and upload speeds you can expect on a specific plan. This can also be the case for providers who offer alternatives to NBN broadband, like 4G or 5G home internet.
Here’s where we’ll need to get into the weeds a little bit. See, your internet can be affected by the type of internet connection you have as well as your internet plan. They might sound the same, but they’re actually pretty distinct:
Of course, other factors can also affect your internet speed: your location, the strength of your Wi-Fi signal from your router and how many other people are using the internet.4 But the two points above are generally the most important.
Australians use a pretty wide variety of tech to surf the web. However, not every connection is created equal, with hopeless slowpokes like ADSL crawling behind shiny, new technologies. For the best of the best, you’ll generally want to go with one of the following:
While speeds on the NBN network are generally pretty good, there are certain ‘very high-speed services’ that stand atop the podium. These services will typically have a download speed of 500-990Mbps and an upload speed of around 50Mbps.10
These services are pitched by NBN Co as ‘Home Ultrafast’ plans.11 Internet providers also tend to offer these plans under a NBN1000 speed tier.12,13
Such plans tend to be the fastest that providers offer. However, it’s worth noting that not everyone needs this much speed. As a general rule, a minimum download speed of 60Mbps should be fine for streaming high-quality videos or online gaming.14 And for less data-intensive activities, you should be able to coast by on even slower speeds! It really just depends on your needs, what you use the internet for and how many household members tend to be using the internet at the same time.
You’ve probably noticed that we’ve neglected some of the other ways you can surf the web. This is because, while some of them deliver adequate speeds, they generally can’t reach the same top speeds as HFC and FTTP connections. These runners-up include:
Many households are already set up with HFC and FTTP. The fastest way to check what kind of connection you have is to hop on to the NBN Co’s official website and enter your address.22
Depending on whether you already have one of these high-speed connections, your path to lightspeed internet will look slightly different:
If some of the plans we’ve discussed have you craving high-speed internet, then we’ve got some good news for you. iSelect has partnered with CIMET to help you compare internet plans and providers*. A wide range of products – including NBN1000 plans – are on offer, so give it a whirl today if you’re keen!
1 Australian Competition & Consumer Commission - Broadband Speeds
2 More Telecom - Key Facts Sheet: NBN Services
3 Australian Government | ACMA - Communications and media in Australia series: How we use the internet | Executive summary and key findings (Page 1)
4 Australian Communications Consumer Action Network - What affects the quality of my broadband?
5 City of Logan - Digital Infrastructure and Connectivity Program
6 Australian Competition & Consumer Commission - Broadband performance data
7 NBN Co - One million additional homes and businesses to become eligible for full fibre
8 Australia Government | Australian Trade and Investment Commission - Australia primed for 5G revolution
9 Telstra Corporation Limited - Telstra Submission responding to the ACCC consultation on changes to the Broadband Speed Claims | Industry Guidance | February 2022 (Pages 6-7)
10 Australian Competition & Consumer Commission - Broadband performance data
11 As above
12 Tangerine - Key Facts Sheet: NBN Services
13 More Telecom - Key Facts Sheet: NBN Services
14 Australian Competition & Consumer Commission - Broadband Speeds
15 Australian Communications Consumer Action Network - Understanding your options for broadband connection
16 ABC News - Australian farmers use Starlink satellite internet kits to access agtech for grain sowing program
17 NBN Co - Our premier satellite service for homes and small businesses
18 NBN Co - nbn® Fibre to the Curb explained (FTTC)
19 NBN Co - Media Release Friday June 2022 | NBN delivers access to Ultrafast internet to a further 160,000 homes and businesses (Page 1)
20 NBN Co - nbn™ Fibre to the Node explained (FTTN)
21 Australian Competition & Consumer Commission - Broadband Performance Data
22 NBN Co - Check your address
23 NBN Co - What's involved in the installation process