Internet speed and bandwidth is how much information can be transferred across the network over a short period of time to your internet enabled device (laptop, smartphone or tablet). The more bandwidth you have, the faster the connection, the easier it is to upload, download, browse and stream.
Before the nbn came along only a small percentage of homes and businesses in Australia had access to what is considered today as fast internet (25Mbps or higher)^. By 2020 we expect 8 million homes will have access to super fast internet speeds.
The nbn™ network now allows you to choose a retail plan from your phone and internet service provider based on speed. With a range of speeds on offer, depending on what you use the internet for, you can now experience fast broadband of up to 25Mbps and faster – which is pretty handy if you live your life online.
When designing the network, our objective was to deliver an option that would work for everyone – from people who just need a phone, to people who download large amounts of data on a range of devices at once (and everyone in between). Our wholesale speed tiers allow phone and internet service providers to deliver products to suit every walk of life.
When choosing the right retail speed and plan for your needs, it’s important you think about what you do on the internet – do you like streaming videos on your large screen TV; do you have multiple tablets and computers online at once; or are you always uploading and downloading large files when you work from home?
Talk to your service provider about these activities when choosing a plan – this will ensure you get the most out of your nbn™ network experience.
The amount of data you need depends on what you use the internet for, and how many people use your service. Every time you watch something on Netflix or YouTube, you’re downloading data from the internet to your device. The same goes if you’re posting an image to Facebook or saving a file to the cloud, you’re uploading data.
The way your broadband plan is set up can also have an effect on your usage. Some retail plans will include set limits on how much data you can upload and download, and some will offer unlimited uploads and downloads.
The key here is understanding your data needs. If you’re running a business from home and you need to send files via email regularly, it’s important to have a good upload speed. If you’re constantly streaming High Definition (HD) video content it pays to have a good data and speed package.
^Superfast means wholesale download speed above 25 Mbps as defined by the ACCC.