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Because everybody uses the internet in a different way, finding the best NBN plan for you means getting the right amount of data, at the right speed, for your individual needs and budget.
Whether you’re into online gaming, are hooked on your streaming service, or just need to send a few emails, this handy guide to NBN speeds, plans and data may help you find the right plan for your household.
In a nutshell, bandwidth describes how much data can be transferred across the network to your device over a specific period.
It’s expressed in megabits per second (Mbps), and the more you have, the more efficient your service will be. Therefore, you should be able to download email attachments; stream music, movies and TV shows; and upload images or videos to social media faster and easier.
All of these activities also use up data, therefore requirements in this area will vary from household to household.
If there are a number of people in your household using the internet at one time to download, upload and stream, you may want to look around for a good data package.
If there are only one or two people in your household and you mainly use the web for browsing, emails and occasional videos, you may be able to get by on a cheaper plan with less data.
The good news is, with NBN connections becoming available across the country, it looks like all that pesky buffering may soon be a thing of the past.
With a range of speeds on offer you can choose a broadband plan to suit your lifestyle and budget.
First, you have to think about what you use the internet for. Do you often stream high-definition movies and TV shows late into the night? Love to blow off steam with a bit of online gaming? Is there likely to be more than one person online at once? Do you often need to download or upload large files when working from home?
The available speed options offered by the NBN Co1 are as below:
|Old NBN Speed Tiers||New NBN Speed Tiers||Best Suited For||Minimum Speeds During Peak Times
|NBN 12||Basic Evening Speed||General online browsing.||Maximum 15Mbps|
|NBN 25||Standard Evening Speed||People living in residential areas streaming across a range of devices.||Minimum 15Mbps|
|NBN 50||Standard Plus Evening Speed||People who require more advanced levels of internet speed.||Minimum 30Mbps|
|NBN 100||Premium Evening Speed||Households streaming ultra-high definition movies/shows, online gaming etc.||Minimum 60Mbps|
Bear in mind that these are the wholesale speeds offered by NBN, and that different service providers will design their plans around these speeds.
Be sure to consider your individual needs and compare all offers carefully before committing to a plan.
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