With NBN rolling out around Ballarat & surrounds you’ll soon be faced with the question – What NBN Speed do I need? Firstly a VERY important fact you need to be aware of – Bits & Bytes. You will encounter both when shopping for NBN Speed & Data allowances.
- A Bit is the smallest piece of information that can be used on a computer (it is either a 0 or a 1) and is represented by a lower-case b. So Mb = Megabit, Gb = Gigabit. Bits are usually used to measure speeds.
- A Byte consists of 8 Bits of data and is represented by an upper-case B. So MB = Megabyte & GB = Gigabyte Data storage & allowances are usually measured in Bytes.
NBN Speed is sold in 5 Speed ‘tiers’
- 12Mbps download and 1Mbps upload
- 25Mbps download and 5Mbps upload
- 25Mbps download and 10Mbps upload
- 50Mbps download and 20Mbps upload
- 100Mbps download and 40Mbps upload
Note that these are all measured in Megabits and are theoretical Maximum speeds – you may not receive the FULL speed that you sign up for.
Which NBN Speed Tier is best suited for you?
Tier 1 – Average Home User
12Mbps is probably about the same speed most Australians receive on existing metropolitan ADSL2+ connections – users who are some distance from the exchange may notice a speed increase as the signal does not deteriorate to the same extent as older technology.
Tier 2 – Moderate Home User
Most current ADSL2+ users should experience a noticeable jump in performance if they select Tier 2. This speed should be enough to cater for Netflix & other video streaming services. An average Movie download purchased via an online store should take around 8 – 10 minutes to complete.
Tier 3 – Small Businesses
You will notice that the Download speed is the same 25MBps as Tier 2 but the upload is doubled to 10Mbps – this can be useful for businesses wanting to back-up data to the cloud & make use of VoIP services.
Tier 4 – Heavy Home Users
50Mbps should make most home users very happy – gaming & other internet applications should be close to instantaneous and there should be no lag in streaming video. 20Mbps upload will cater for cloud back-ups, voice chats & VoIP operate seamlessly.
Tier 5 – Small Businesses & Mega Home Users.
Small Businesses with several users should find that they all experience usable speeds & the 40Mbps uploads will be great for those uploading files to clients & backing up large amounts of data. Home users should experience High Definition Movie streaming or downloading without restriction, even if the family has a number of devices connected simultaneously.
But be aware … Your Data Allowance will disappear at an alarming rate!