With the ongoing arrival of the National Broadband Network in homes and businesses all over Australia, it's no wonder that some of us are asking questions.
How fast will my internet speed be?
What's the difference between Fibre to the Node and Fibre to the Curb?
There are four different speed tiers.
Tier 12 - Perfect for light web browsing, where only one device is likely to be connected to the internet at any given time.
Tier 25 - Great for when there are a few of you, or where more than one device is connected to the internet at the same time.
Tier 50 - Great for when multiple users are connected to the internet at the same time with higher requirements for things such as streaming and online gaming.
Tier 100 - Ideal for customers doing data-hungry things such as downloading movies and music, playing video games online, or streaming live video and TV.
Factors Affecting Speeds
WiFi - In most instances, a connection over WiFi will be slower than if you were connected physically to your modem with a cable, particularly if there is a wall in the way or there are multiple users on the same Wi-Fi network. WiFi performance can also be impacted by interference from surrounding devices and nearby users on the same channel.
Congestion Prioritisation - If there is a lot of "traffic" (i.e. lots of people downloading stuff at the one time) your internet speed can be impacted.
Equipment - Older or outdated equipment such as modems can affect the speed of your connection. Other equipment such as filters, and internal wiring may also cause speed issues.
Overseas content - Content being downloaded from overseas servers can be slower than domestic content due to congestion on international pipes.
Types of Technology
NBN has adopted a multi-technology mix, which means that not every connection is the same. This will result in customers receiving different speeds depending on the type of technology they are connected to.
Fibre to the Node - Fibre is connected to a node and using the existing copper network to complete the connection to a premise. Many residential areas utilise this type of connection and therefore "share" the connection with other households.
Fibre to the Basement - Fibre is connected to a building's communication room then utilising the existing technology in the building to connect a premise. Used in apartment blocks or multi-level hotels.
Fibre to the Curb - Fibre is connected to a Distribution Point Unit generally located inside a pit on the street and using existing copper network to complete the connection to a premise.
Fibre to the Premise - Premises that are connected directly with fibre. Customers in most cases will receive the best possible speed available.
HFC - Fibre is connected to a node and uses the existing Pay TV or cable network to complete the connection to a premise.
Fixed Wireless - Data travels from a transmission tower to a rooftop antenna which is connected to a network device connected to the premise. This is not a wired connection.
How can you find out which type of technology applies to your NBN connection?
Head to the roll-out map right here: https://www.clickaccess.com.au/nbnrolloutmap
Enter your address and you'll see which type of technology your premises will use.
For more information on our NBN plans, have a look here: https://www.clickaccess.com.au/nbnplans
Or feel free to give us a call on 07 5315 5440.
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