Loading page

How Do Our Broadband Speeds Compare To The Rest Of The World?

Ask the average Aussie to rank our nation’s internet, and most will give a pretty damning assessment. The general consensus is that we pay too much money and receive slower speeds compared to the rest of the world. (Don’t even get us started on the neutered NBN.) But is our internet really that bad? The following infographic compares global internet quality across a range of categories including speed, cost, censorship and ease of access. Australia’s overall report card might surprise you…

What Now For The NBN?

This week, Malcolm Turnbull was sworn in as Australia’s 29th Prime Minister, promising an agile, innovative and creative future driven by technology. So what does this mean for our National Broadband Network? We take a look at the chief challenges the new Communications Minister will face in dealing with the NBN.

The NBN: Why It's Slow, Expensive And Obsolete

After coming to power in the 2013 Federal Election, the Coalition government promised to deliver a national broadband network that would be faster, cheaper and more quickly deployed than Labor’s scuttled fibre-to-the-premises plan. Two years on, what have we got? Regardless of where your politics lie, the answer isn’t pretty.

Ask LH: Which NBN Provider Is The Best For Streaming Media?

Hi Lifehacker, The NBN is about to go active in my area. What is the best plan for someone who’s into streaming a lot of content (like Netflix)? And which providers won’t suffer from congestion?

NBN Co Is Now Officially Offering Fibre-To-The-Building Services

After trials last year, NBN Co is officially offering fibre-to-the-building options for unit blocks and offices as of today. Just how fast will those services be?

The NBN, The Myth Of Choice, And Australia's Rubbish Internet Future

The National Broadband Network (NBN) was designed as a wholesale network: access to it is sold by dozens of providers. But the news today that TPG and iiNet are planning a merger underscores a stark reality: you’re almost certainly going to end up buying your NBN broadband access from one of just three providers — and for customers, that sucks.

The NBN Will Use DOCSIS 3.1 To Speed Up Its Cable Broadband Service

Good news, speed freaks: after the National Broadband Network (NBN) begins rolling out services based on the existing pay TV cable network early next year, it will upgrade the network with a new standard that offers a theoretical top download speed of 10 gigabits per second.

Half The People Who Can Get The NBN Haven't Done So, And We Judge Them

I suspect most Lifehacker readers would race to connect to the National Broadband Network (NBN) if they had the option. Turns out the general public is a little bit slower getting on board.

Will Rural Subsidies Make The NBN Affordable?

The rules around the NBN have moved rapidly over Christmas. On December 14, the Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, released new rules requiring all providers of high-speed broadband services to be vertically separated. These rules were aimed at TPG, which was rolling out fibre-to-the-basement (FTTB) in urban apartment buildings. FTTB would compete against the NBN and potentially undermine the ability of the NBN to use high city prices to subsidise the bush.

Most Popular NBN Posts Of 2014

The National Broadband Network saw big changes in 2014 — but one thing that didn’t change is that most of us still can’t access it. These are the 10 most popular NBN posts from Lifehacker in 2014.

Loading page