- One of the most important factors when choosing a broadband plan is knowing what the average speed on that plan is.
- Internet speed terminology can be a bit baffling to the uninitiated.
- Scroll down if you need a crash course!
One of the most important factors when choosing a broadband plan is knowing what the average speed on that plan is. Even if you find a response to this question, you may still wonder how this will affect your internet usage.
Below we have provided a guide to broadband speeds. Finally, you can understand the difference between kbps and Mbps. We’ll provide answers to all things speed, with tangible examples that you can relate to.
Most people who connect to broadband may come across the NBN network, as well as the terms ADSL, ADSL2+, and cable. Which type of connection you receive will largely depend on which type of connection is available in your area. Nevertheless, we will delve deeper into the NBN speeds because the NBN network will most likely replace older connection technologies in various areas.
While we have provided examples to give you a better idea of what the difference in speeds actually mean, it is a guide only.
Kilobits per second (kbps)
Megabits per second (mbps)
Gigabits per second (gbps)
Terabits per second (tbps)
Broadband speed unit converter:
1000kbps = 1mbps
1mbps = 1gbps
1gbps = 1tbps
Among the NBN speed tiers, NBN 12 is the slowest. When you have a plan on this speed tier, you can only expect a maximum download speed of 12Mbps and a maximum upload speed of 1Mbps. Nevertheless, this will prove to be sufficient for a single device to stream a show on Netflix in high definition.
Following NBN 12 is NBN 25 which provides a maximum download speed of 25Mbps and a maximum upload speed of 5Mbps. With this speed, a two-person household may already have the chance to simultaneously connect to the internet without encountering any problem. However, if you have to do something online that requires a significant amount of bandwidth, then you will most likely experience buffering.
With a plan in the standard speed tier, you will get to enjoy a maximum download speed of 50Mbps as well as a maximum download speed of 20Mbps. This is the speed tier that seems to be ideal for most households because 50Mbps should be enough for a couple of internet users in your family to stream high-definition videos simultaneously.
A plan in the fast speed tier promises a maximum download speed of 100Mbps as well as a maximum download speed of 20 or 40Mbps, depending on the plan you get. NBN plans in this speed tier are popular among online gamers, streamers, as well as content creators because the internet connection will only be a struggle if there are half a dozen people connected.
There are only a few select households that can go for an NBN 250 plan because plans in this speed tier need to run on FTTP connection technology. Nevertheless, if this technology is available in your area, then you may get to experience having an internet connection with a maximum download speed of 250Mbps and a maximum upload speed of 25Mbps.
Finally, like with the superfast speed tier, you may be able to go for a plan in the ultrafast speed tier if the FTTP connection technology is available in your area. With plans in this speed tier, you can expect a maximum download speed of 1000Mbps as well as a maximum upload speed of 50Mbps.
Other Broadband Speeds
Theoretical maximum speed: 30Mbps
Theoretical maximum speed: 24Mbps
A rough guide to an average ADSL2+ speed:
- To view a picture: 2 seconds
- To download a song: 6 seconds
- To download a movie: 16 minutes
Theoretical maximum speeds: 256kbps, 512kbps, 1500kbps, 8000kbps
Maximum speed: 56kbps
Note: Most dial-up connections are phased out in Australia, with customers opting for broadband instead.
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