What is the difference between NBN and Cable?

  • Cable broadband speeds are generally up to 30Mbps and up to 100Mbps with a speed pack
  • NBN broadband speeds start at up to 12Mbps through to up to 100Mbps on the highest speed tier
  • Cable speeds are more affected by the number of people online at the same time

With the continued NBN Rollout, many people are still unaware of the difference between the NBN and current internet services such as Cable BroadbandIn many ways cable broadband is fairly like the service that you will get with the NBN. The biggest difference between the two technologies is the connection between the node and your home which may affect the speeds you receive.

Cable vs NBN

Cable broadband runs a coaxial cable from the node to your home. This is the same technology used for TV services like Foxtel.

The average cable broadband speed can be measured at around up to 30 Mbps, but this will decrease the further your house is away from the node and you may experience slower speeds during peak times as all users on that node share the same pipe for the internet data. NBN does not have this problem as users are not grouped into nodes like the cable network.

The speeds of cable broadband you can get can be as high as 100 Mbps if you pay for the additional speed pack and also with the NBN, you can receive speeds on the highest tier plans of up to 100 Mbps.

While it may seem that these options are similar in their capacities and capabilities, the reality is that once the NBN is rolled out into your area the NBN will be the superior connection and you will have 18 months to transition to the NBN before your cable connection is switched off.

If you do not have the NBN in your area, Cable broadband is still considered to be the best internet connection available. You can view the current plans available for Cable broadband plans here and current NBN broadband plans here.

Summary of differences between NBN and Cable:

  • Download speeds are quite comparable and Cable broadband is the most like NBN of current available broadband options.
  • Cable broadband speeds may be affected during peak periods as users on the same node share the same pipe for internet data.
  • Whilst currently cable and NBN are comparable in performance the continued work of the NBN Rollout will see the NBN being a far superior service than Cable in the future.