A laggy internet connection is the last thing you want when playing online games. It can also ruin an online movie and even cause problems while making rapid searches on Google. This is sometimes caused by deliberate internet throttling - and your internet service provider (ISP) is to blame.
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No one wants slow internet, but getting a fast connection isn’t always straightforward. Differences in technology and location can greatly limit your options sometimes. At the same time, we’re all after the best deal – or in some cases, the least worst – so whether you're currently getting online through the NBN, ADSL, or mobile broadband, we’ve picked out some plans worth taking a look at.
Australia's NBN project has been dogged by criticism of high costs, poor service and political interference. Despite that, many people do now have better services than a decade ago at lower costs - or at least for no more than they paid back then. But where do we rank globally when it comes to costs and performance? Let's look at some of the most recent data.
Vodafone Australia and TPG have ended a week of speculation by confirming plans to merge into a $15 billion company. The combined company reckons it will be powerful enough to take on the twin Goliaths of Telstra and Optus - but the numbers tell a different story when it comes to broadband.
Ethernet cables are the lifeblood of any wired internet network. While they all look very similar on the outside, these cables can potentially affect the speed of your home network depending on which type you're using. This infographic breaks down the key differences between Cat5, Cat5e and Cat6 ethernet cables, including how much you can expect to pay for them in Australia.
History is littered with grandiose statements that seemed reasonable(ish) at the time but were proven to be completely ludicrous. There's the statement made by Bill Gates that 640K of memory ought be enough for everyone and Thomas John Watson, the Chairman of IBM saying there was a market in the world for just five computers. And now, NBNCo has come up with their own version - the 100Mbps speed limit.
NBN provider MyRepublic has been ordered by the ACCC to pay penalties totalling $25,200 for alleged false or misleading representations about its NBN service performance. The ACCC said MyRepublic marketed its NBN services using statements such as “up to nbn100 Speed Tier” and “nbn50 Speed Tier” but that fine print disclaimers were ineffective as they were not prominent and did not provide clear information.
The National Broadband Network (NBN) should be built and fully operational by 2022, having cost about $50 billion. The question will then be whether the government should retain the NBN or sell it off?
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.
Malcolm Turnbull is now connected to the National Broadband Network (NBN) at his Point Piper home on a 100 megabits per second (Mbps) plan. But only because his department intervened to avoid delays affecting other customers.
And while the Prime Minister might be happy with his NBN connection, that’s not the case for the 2.5 million customers waiting on a connection through their pay TV or cable service who have been left in limbo. So what can you do about it?
Remember NBN's address checker tool? Despite a series of upgrades, the site never did a great job of providing an accurate answer on when you were getting connected. Thankfully, NBN Co has rolled out yet another tweak to the search engine that actually makes it useful.
Since its initial inception back in 2007, the National Broadband Network (NBN) has been described as slow, expensive, unreliable, poorly implemented, unfair, needlessly restrictive and obsolete - and those are just the criticisms we can print. But how does it actually work?
If the endless stream of NBN jargon has left you feeling confused and befuddled, this
90-second video explainer can help.
When the NBN was first touted over a decade ago, we expected a high-speed network using the latest technology. But after a change in government we saw the original vision crushed and we landed with the multi-technology mix pushed by the Coalition government.
That's left us with a mix of technology that has made NBN Co's deployment task more difficult and led to consumers getting a wild mix of different performance outcomes. Now, the outgoing boss of NBN Co has spoken out, saying the use of copper is at the heart of many of the network's problems.
Australia's internet speeds over the next ten years with peak below the 50mb/s threshold that NBN says it will provide, according to a new report from the NBN itself.
The Green's NBN Spokesperson, Senator Jordon Steele-John, says the speeds in the report are already below international standards, and would cement Australia’s position as a second-rate digital player globally.
Switching to the NBN is not a choice, despite what one in three Aussies think. Once a property is deemed "ready-for-service", you have 18-months to switch over from your existing internet and phone connection.
With the NBN ramping up the roll-out of the network over the last few years, it means that this cut off is looming for nearly 100,000 Australians throughout the next few months.