Australia recently slipped three spots to place 62nd in global broadband rankings, with our average download speed of 35.11 Mbps far below the global average of 57.91 Mbps. So what went wrong?
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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.
Mobile broadband plans are surprisingly versatile and varied. We’re now seeing teeny tiny plans perfect for tablets, plans with enough data to replace a home NBN connection, and everything in between. Better yet, these plans are now more affordable than ever. A 5GB data-only SIM now costs as little as $15 per month, or you can get a massive 200GB plan for just $60.
Signing up for a new NBN plan can feel a bit like a game of Russian roulette. There are so many factors that can affect the speed and quality of your connection, and no one wants to get stuck with a shitty service.
While not all providers are equal, some are doing a bang-up job of delivering high quality NBN. Thanks to the ACCC’s “Measuring Broadband Australia” program – which relies on real world testing data from Australian households – we’ve got a better idea of who they are.
Last week, Telstra once again topped Australia's Netflix ISP Speed Index, fending off other telcos for an unbroken 12 month run. However, it only achieved this milestone by splitting its streaming speeds into NBN and non-NBN connections - something Netflix failed to offer Telstra's rivals.
When it comes to download speed, internet plans are far from equal. This is true even if you've been "blessed" with access to the National Broadbaand Network (NBN).
Fortunately, the ACCC is on the case to ensure we all know which internet service providers are punching above their weight. Here are ten plans that promise to provide an ultra-fast and reliable performance.
The future shape of the telecommunications sector is probably going to be determined by the progress Telstra makes this year on its "T22" strategy and the big decisions confronting Labor if - as appears probable - it wins government at the federal election. Here's how Labor and Telstra's NBN ambitions might merge.
The ACCC released its third report on real-world NBN speeds at the start of this month, and the results were mostly good. While there's always room for improvement, most fixed-line NBN customers are consistently getting close to the speeds they're paying for.
Of course, not all internet providers are equal.