The internet has enriched our lives in many different ways. It’s helped us stay in touch from opposite sides of the world, increased efficiency in business and opened up whole new worlds of entertainment.
Words like “upload”, “stream” and “Skype” have found their way into everyday conversation. But in order to enjoy the treasure trove of awesome internet services like streaming video on demand (SVOD) and online gaming without the annoying disruptions of freezing or buffering, we need internet that is fast and reliable.
Enter the National Broadband Network (NBN): the communications network bringing lightning fast internet to people across Australia. When it comes to the internet, we like to speed, and the arrival of the NBN is music to our ears. But you may be wondering how fast it is compared to ADSL2? Or if these higher speeds are going to put bigger dents in your wallet.
What’s it all mean?
Before discussing the speeds of the NBN, it’s best to know what the speed measurements actually mean in real life terms. NBN speeds are measured in megabits per second or Mbps – the amount of data that has been sent per second.
If you are downloading a photo that is 10 megabits and your bandwidth is 1 Mbps, it will take 10 seconds to download. If your bandwidth is 10 Mbps it will only take 1 second. That doesn’t mean data can transfer faster, but that more data is able to be sent at once. This means download and upload time for photos, music, games and movies is reduced the higher the Mbps.
So now you know what the speed measurements mean, it’s very important to note that there are a number of factors that can affect the maximum potential speed of a broadband connection. However, if all goes according to plan and there’s nothing in the way of you achieving maximum speeds, here’s what you can expect from your superfast iiNet NBN plan:
What’s the hold up?
If you’re not experiencing those maximum speeds, it could be due to other factors including:
With great bundling options and awesome customer service, we want to get you to shift into gear with the high-speed NBN.
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