Internet speeds are measured in megabits per second and the speed that you choose will directly affect the quality & cost of your internet. Everyone wants the fastest internet, but there’s no point in paying more for speeds that you will never reach! The good news is, the NBN comes with various speed tiers in order to service the needs of just about anybody. Below is a list of different speed tiers to get you started.
- 12/1 – This is the entry level speed tier. While this isn’t by any means the fastest option you could choose, it’s a great option for light internet users that live by themselves.
- 25/10 – The next step up, this speed tier is also suited for lower users but can handle a reasonable amount of usage, such as music streaming services or watching YouTube videos.
- 50/20 – When it comes to broadband, the 50/20 speed tier is a great all-rounder, so it comes as no surprise that it’s Australia’s most popular speed choice. This speed tier should be able to handle households with three to five people and not slow you down while you’re streaming movies, music, or video calling with work or friends.
- 100/20 – Once you get to this tier, you’re starting the enter the much higher speeds of NBN. An ideal option for substantial users, this tier will easily handle Ultra-HD streaming and many people using the internet at once. Great for larger families or heavy internet users.
- 100/40 – You’ll notice that the download speed with this tier is the same as the previous, with the upload speed being double. This is also great for heavy users, but with the added sustainability for users that complete a lot of usage intensive uploads, such as live video stream uploads and high-resolution work uploads.
- 250/25 – This speed tier is considerably higher than the average household would need, but provides support for extreme downloads, simultaneous 4k video streaming, etc. A great option for businesses as well.
- 1000/50 – This speed tier is faster than the vast majority of households would ever need, but can support next to anything you could need internet-wise. This generally tends to be a speed-tier utilised by high-usage businesses.
The speeds above outline ‘download/upload’ speeds. It’s important to note that the above speed-tiers refer to the theoretical maximum speeds on those tiers. Remember that throughout the day, internet usage will vary and can cause congestion at your NBN point, particularly during peak periods. Refer to ‘Typical Evening Speeds’ for more information.