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There are few things more annoying than slow internet – especially when you’re trying to stream your favourite show or download a big file.
Internet speed can affect every aspect of our lives, from how we work to how we communicate, so it’s more important than ever that Australia takes the time to understand the facts.
What can affect your internet speed
Your NBN connection
If you’re connected via FTTP, for example, you’re much more likely to enjoy faster speeds than what’s available on FTTB or FTTN. For this reason, some NBN speed plans may not be available in your area1, simply due to the infrastructure.
If there are lots of people using the internet at the same time, it’s likely that your connection will be a lot slower than if it was just you logging on. However, with the new NBN speed tiers, each NBN plan will have a specified minimum speed, otherwise known as Megabits Per Second (Mbps). This means that despite the volume of activity happening on your network during a peak period, your speed typically won’t fall below the minimum speed/Mbps specified for your plan.
Speeds can be ‘capped’ or restricted by your provider – mainly as a preventative measure to ensure you don’t exceed the amount of data in your plan.
Location can also impact the speed of your NBN connection depending on the connection type available. It often comes down to how many people are sharing your node. For example, the more people sharing a node, the slower the internet speed. However, as mentioned, you still won’t fall below the minimum speed specified by your NBN plan.
Your router, your modem and even your network cable can all play their part in either increasing or decreasing your connection speed.
Choosing the right internet speed
When it comes to NBN plans, most service providers offer a choice of four internet speeds. Here’s a rundown of how they work to help you choose the right one for you. Oh, and just so you know, most NBN connections are measured in megabits per second (Mbps). You can find out more about what this means here.
Basic Evening Speed (Previously NBN 12)
This is the entry level plan to suit your basic internet needs. What does this mean? It’s probably going to be suitable for browsing and checking your email. However, for high quality streaming this likely isn’t the plan for you. If you’re moving to an NBN plan on this speed tier, you may experience an increase or decrease in speed, depending on your existing connection.
Speed: Less than 15Mbps during peak periods
Standard Evening Speed (Previously NBN 25)
The Standard Evening Speed tier will deliver a minimum of 15Mbps during busy periods. These busy periods are times such as evenings when many people are at home using the internet on a variety of devices in your area. In fact, the ACC has defined this period as 7-11PM1. This plan is typically suited to you if you’re considered a “residential customer.” That is, you mainly user your internet at home to browse on your phone, whilst also streaming a high definition show or movie.
Speed: Minimum 15Mbps during peak periods
Standard Plus Evening Speed (Previously NBN 50)
Plans on this speed tier will deliver a minimum speed of 30Mbps during peak periods. This means that you may even experience higher speeds during non-peak times. This is well suited for people who require a higher than average amount of internet speed. Such as if you yourself, or many people in your home, are simultaneously streaming ultra-high definition movies, as well as streaming music or YouTube videos during peak periods.
Speed: Minimum 30Mbps during busy periods
Premium Evening Speed (Previously NBN 100)
With this NBN speed tier you’ll typically get a minimum of 60Mbps for peak periods. This type of plan is great for people who require a super-fast internet speed, even in peak periods. This is for you if, for example, your combined household will be streaming ultra-high definition movies, gaming, and streaming music and videos on other devices during peak periods.
Speed: Minimum 60Mbps during busy periods
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