With so many options of broadband available in Australia, it can be hard to choose what type of broadband is best for your needs and budget. Luckily we’re here to hep you find the types of broadband available to you and a nice comparison to help you find the best plan for you.
So what types of broadband are there?
We’ll start with the most common types of broadband:
This is the newest and fastest growing broadband type in Australia. If it’s available to your home, it’s a fantastic option that can provide up to 100Mbps in download speeds (traditional ADSL2+ broadband has a maximum of 24Mbps). Currently this is being rolled out Australia-wide with a lucky few million households already connecting.
Prior to the NBN, ADSL2+ was the most common form of broadband plan and although is still currently the most popular, it will begin a decline as the NBN reaches new heights. As mentioned above, ADSL2+ can achieve speeds of up to 24Mbps. But don’t count on getting this speed unless you’re sitting right next to your local exchange. Generally users will achieve a speed of anywhere between 10Mbps-15Mbps- depending on the distance you are to the local exchange.
Naked DSL is ADSL2+’s favourite cousin. The beauty of Naked DSL is that it allows you to cut your home- thus removing the need to pay line rental to Telstra or any other provider. If you still do require a home phone for emergency purposes, we’d not recommend this type of connection.
If you do opt for this, you can apply a VoIP phone service to your broadband. This can allow calls for around $0.10 for local and national along with significantly reduced mobile call charges- all running over your internet connection.
Wireless or Mobile Broadband
If you’re constantly on the go or just need a second connection for work or on the daily commute, a mobile broadband plan can help you out with a fast connection running over a 3 or 4G network.
We’ve split this out from the NBN but further to traditional satellite broadband (very slow and clunky) the NBN has brought about a much faster alternative to those in regional areas where ADSL2+ may not be available. Referred to as SkyMuster, the NBN Satellite service has already kicked off Australia wide and from experience with family member already on the service, it a real step up from traditional ADSL services.
Is the first generation broadband connection type with speeds of up to 8Mbps- slow compared to other technologies out there but if you’re unlucky enough to only have access to this service, never fear as the NBN will be heading to you in the coming years (just cross those fingers!).
Although we haven’t quite covered all connection types, the above it what is available to around 96% of Australian households but we’d love to hear about your experiences with either these connections or any that we’ve missed!