The State Of The NBN In 2018 [Infographic]

The State Of The NBN In 2018 [Infographic]
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This year, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) released its first performance report for the Monitoring Broadband Australia program. Against many critics’ expectations, the results paint a reasonably positive picture of our National Broadband Network (NBN), although there obviously remains lots of room for improvement. This infographic from the ACCC breaks down the chief findings from the final report.

The ACCC’s monitoring program tested 400 NBN and ADSL services between February and March this year, reflecting 61,000 individual download speed tests. Interestingly, the program found that the majority of NBN customers enjoy fairly stable internet speeds with minimal slowdown during peak usage times.

With that said, the report also concluded that some consumer segments may be better off skipping the NBN altogether in favour of wireless alternatives. (On a related note, here are the best fixed and wireless plans for people trying to bypass the NBN.)

The ACCC also noted that advertised speeds are finally starting to match reality following the introduction of new rules in court. However, this just means that consumers are receiving reliable information about typical busy period speeds instead of theoretical “up to” guesstimates.

You can check out the full ACCC report here – but if you just want the chief findings, the infographic below offers a nice summary.

The State Of The NBN In 2018 [Infographic]

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[Via ACCC]

This story has been updated since its original publication.


    • I don’t know, 10 years ago I went with 3G Wireless Broadband at a time when my only other option was 56k dial-up as ADSL was incompatible with the phone-line setup Telstra had run in my area back in the 1950s and by distance I couldn’t get it anyway.

      When 4G became available I upgraded my setup and installed an external antenna ( mine doesn’t support MIMO so I still have that as an option to improve things). I have some slow periods but can regularly do 22Mbps down.

      Right now my options are 4G, 56k dialup and FTTN. Based on the quality of the phone line (which hasn’t been upgraded or changed and can’t even have a phone call without audible noise in the line) and my distance from the node, the modelling puts me at 8Mbps on NBN.

      Ok, NBN can provide me more than my current 50GB per month plan does but Likely at a slower throughput. Right now, I think I’ll continue to bank on 4G then sign up to something worse.

      • That last half does not sound right at all. You won’t get FTTN if you are more than 1200m from the node. The line should get fixed if the speed is less than 25Mbit. If for some reason it can’t be you will get put on fixed wireless or satellite.

        Have you actually talked to someone about your situation? The chances of telstra fixing your pair gain line are exactly zero, but with the NBN rollout you have a fair chance of getting something better if you speak up.

        • Randomchoice you may be right, I have been holding off as the phone line had been broken for 4 of the last 6 months and Telstra tried 3 times to fix it with it only lasting a few days after each “repair”.

          When Telstra then rang my elderly parents (they’re next door) and claimed they needed to arrange a date to visit to make the line “compatible” with the NBN and then later claimed that they had agreed to sign up to NBN on Telstra… I figured it was time to ditch Telstra.

          So far the other RSP who I contacted indicated I needed to sign up first and then they would confirm if NBN was viable which given the situation seems like a Pandora Box I’m need to consider before I open.

          • Well at least if they any deliver the service you should easily get out of any contract. I can’t see much to lose.

            Good luck!

  • Politicians and technology overlords, if you want to create a sound economic future, you shouldn’t ease off the tech rollout until you can achieve at least 50Mbit/s and <50ms latency to major service centres like Sydney for every household. When you can achieve that, everything streams seamlessly, including remote desktops from cloud services for graphics. It is the threshold where you can just login to your other desktop in the cloud and get even faster speeds because all you really care about most of the time is the display data from that desktop. Your desktop/host in the cloud may achieve upwards of 300Mbit/s and continue to improve more rapidly than the rest of the infrastructure and will provide the experience seamlessly to the end user.

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