There are a lot of different internet providers and plans out there, and it can be difficult to figure out what you need. In this blog post, we will discuss the basics of internet plans and help you decide which one is right for you. We will also talk about the different types of providers. So whether you’re a first-time internet user or just looking to switch providers, read on for everything you need to know!
Different Types of Broadband Internet
There are a few different types of broadband internet available through various internet providers in Australia, each relying on different technology to provide the internet services, but two common types are NBN and ADSL.
Not only the most common type, but also the most widely available, NBN (national broadband network) uses fiber-optic cables to provide high-speed internet access. It is the preferred type of broadband for most users because it typically has faster speeds and more consistent performance than other types.
ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) used to be the popular option among Australian households, using existing telephone lines to provide internet access, but has begun to be phased out with the uptake of NBN.
Which is better – NBN or ADSL?
Simple answer: NBN. Because ADSL only has a maximum download speed of 20Mbps, while some NBN plans can get up to 208Mbps, you can certainly notice the difference when it comes to things like video streaming.
What internet plan should I get?
That really depends on your needs. If you just need a basic plan for email and web browsing, an ADSL plan might be enough, but if you’re into gaming or streaming video content, then you’ll need a higher-tier NBN plan.
Generally speaking, you can gauge your internet needs as follows:
Up to 25 Mbps
If only one or two devices are going to be accessing the internet for basic web surfing, email, social networks and viewing mid-quality videos, then this speed should suffice.
For three to five devices looking to go beyond basic usage to include online gaming and 4K video streaming, this speed might be the right choice for you.
If you’re in a household of more than five devices, using the internet for all of the above but also find yourself in need of live streaming and sharing large files, then it may be best to go with this top tier speed option.
What Internet Providers are There?
There are a fair few different internet providers in Australia, each with their own benefits and drawbacks.
Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and TPG Group are some of Australia’s most recognised providers. There are a wealth of other providers on the market, too, offering a range of great value plans. MATE, dodo, iPrimus, kogan, spintel, just to name a few. Of course, if you want to find out which provider can give you the best plan for your needs, it’s best to do a bit of research first.
The Bottom Line
Figuring out which internet plan is best for you can be tricky, but with a bit of research it’s definitely doable. Keep in mind your needs and what providers are available in your area to make the process easier.