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What the NBN means for you

Over the past few years, the NBN rollout has had its fair share of media coverage. Some good, and some not so good. If the NBN has passed your home – or if it is yet to do so – you may have a number of questions regarding what exactly the NBN can offer you.

Some questions are easy to answer. For example, questions regarding the download and upload speeds NBN customers can access compared to the average speeds currently available on older technologies.

At the moment, the average download speed in Australia is around 14.2Mbps, but speeds vary across the country. In Perth, the average download speed is 9.8Mbps, in Brisbane it’s 13.5Mbps, in Sydney it’s 12.3Mbps, in Canberra it’s 16.5Mbps, in Melbourne it’s 12.0Mbps, in Adelaide it’s 11.5Mbps, and in Hobart it’s 13.8Mbps. In rural areas, speeds can be much slower.

That’s something the NBN plans to fix. The NBN rollout is expected to bring high speed internet to every home, school and business across Australia, via a mixture of technologies depending on location.

What about NBN plans? When the NBN passes a premises, the homeowner or business owner can choose to connect via the NBN provider of their choice on one of the following plans:

  • Tier 1: Up to 12Mbps download and 1Mbps upload.
  • Tier 2: Up to 25Mbps download and 5Mbps upload.
  • Tier 3: Up to 25Mbps download and 10Mbps upload.
  • Tier 4: Up to 50Mbps download and 20Mbps upload.
  • Tier 5: Up to 100Mbps download and 40Mbps upload.

Okay, that was the easy part. However, some questions are not so easy to answer. Questions such as, when the NBN will pass a specific area.

The change in government last year brought about changes in the way the NBN will roll out. While NBN Co still plans to provide high speed internet to every Australian doorstep, the way in which it will do so has altered, along with the timeline.

While plans are in place to complete NBN construction by 2019-2020, we now have no way of knowing when the NBN will pass a specific area. Previously, you could find this information on the NBN coverage map.

Now though, the only option is to keep checking the National Broadband Network coverage map to find out if construction has commenced in your area. Once construction has been completed and the NBN has passed your home or business, you can sign up on the NBN plan of your choice.

NBN at Home

So, what are some of the benefits of having the NBN at home?

Faster speeds: Download large files faster, download movies and music, upload photos to social media, and stream high quality video or audio, make high quality Skype calls.

Work from home: Send and receive large files, access your work server, access the cloud, take part in high quality video conferencing calls.

Study from home: Stream lectures, learn via video tutorial, video conference with tutors, download reading materials, and upload assignments.

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