Hi there, I am not sure which type of internet is best for me, ie cable VS ADSL2.
The house I am moving into previously had cable. What are the benefits VS ADSL2+? Which is better value? Thanks in advance for your help. Cheers, Jess
ADSL2+ broadband is a connection through the copper telephone wires, while cable is connected through a dedicated cable, which can also be used for pay TV services. The main difference between the two is speed. While the maximum possible speed on ADSL2+ is 24Mbps, cable speeds are up to 30Mbps or even faster in some areas.
ADSL2+ connections are affected by the distance from the exchange, with those furthest away experiencing a slower connection compared to those living closest. In contrast, cable subscribers may find their speed is affected by the number of users in their area.
ADSL2+ plans are cheaper than cable and, provided you live close enough to your local exchange, you probably won't find there is that much difference in terms of speed compared to cable.
On the other hand, if you live quite a distance from the exchange, you might feel spending the extra money for a cable plan is worthwhile for the potentially faster speeds.
Cable can be bundled with pay TV services such as Foxtel, so if you were planning to subscribe to a cable TV service you may be able to get a discount on your internet. Another benefit of cable is it does not require an active phone line to work.
You can see cable plans on our website, or give Optus a call on 1300 137 897. Optus has some new plans that are very good value and are available on both ADSL2+ and cable.
If you want an estimation of the speed you will receive over ADSL2+, give us a call on 1300 106 571 and we can give you an idea from your address.
Alternatively, you can call any of the providers on our website, who can talk you through their plans.
I hope this answers your question. If you would like any further advice, please give us a call on 1300 106 571.