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NBN 25 plans provide a step up from the entry NBN 12 tier while still keeping costs down. As a result NBN 25 is a significant upgrade from older ADSL connections, so people who sign up for this plan will generally notice an impressive increase in both download and upload speeds.
Is 25Mbps the right speed for me?
25Mbps is a popular speed. It is suitable for standard internet usage, while remaining more affordable than some of the higher speeds.
It’s substantially faster than older ADSL plans and will generally be enough to let you take full advantage of the latest and greatest Internet offerings, including high-definition video streaming, much faster downloads of larger files and an all-around quicker Internet experience.
With connection speeds around 25Mbps, you’ll be able to enjoy near-immediate loading of practically all web pages. However, this is largely dependent on how many people will be using the Internet simultaneously in your home, and what they’re using it for.
This connection speed might be ideal in the following situations:
- You don’t have any special Internet needs, such as two or more people needing to stream video simultaneously in HD.
- You’ve found NBN 12 to be slightly inadequate or have found it to be frustratingly slow during peak times.
- You were fairly satisfied with your pre-NBN plan, but still want a faster connection.
- You’re looking for a suitable everyday household plan that can accommodate several users at once.
- You don’t have any particular upload needs and are fine with 5Mbps upload speeds.
- You want to access ultra-high definition Netflix streaming.
- You don’t anticipate your household Internet usage increasing a lot in the near future.
Will I get 25Mbps all the time?
The actual speed of your connection is dependent on a number of factors. Some of these are internal factors, which are on your end, while others are external factors beyond your control.
- Wi-Fi interference. Walls and floors can block wireless signals and slow down speeds or lead to interrupted connections. Longer distances between your wireless router and the device itself can have a similar effect. Wireless signal extenders can help with these issues as can simply moving the equipment around until it works better.
- Simultaneous usage. 25Mbps is the total speed of the plan and is shared between everyone using the connection. One person streaming in ultra-high definition might approach this, so if there are other people in your household downloading at the same time, you might notice slower speeds.
- Local congestion. Network congestion in your area refers to the number of people in nearby premises using the same Internet infrastructure. With more people using it all at once, traffic can slow down as it gets more crowded.
- Provider congestion. Congestion can also occur on the provider’s end, where many people are trying to access their website or content all at once.
- Wiring in your building. If your building has old, corroding copper wiring, you might have difficulty getting the advertised speed. This will depend on the state of the wiring in your house. The faster your plan, the more likely you are to notice decreased speed.
What’s the difference between upload and download speeds?
Download speeds are how quickly you can download information off the Internet, like when streaming a video or opening an email.
Upload speeds are how quickly you can send information to the Internet, like when you’re uploading a video or sending an email.
When you look at NBN speed tiers, you will often see two different numbers. The first number is the upload speed and the second number is the download speed. NBN 25 plans, for example, will often be written as 25/5Mbps, indicating a download speed of 25Mbps and an upload speed of 5Mbps.
As you can see, there’s a significant difference between the two. Upload speeds are generally less important than download speeds for household use, but someone who runs a small business or works from home might find the 5Mbps upload speeds with NBN 25 plans to be too constricting for their needs.
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Most popular NBN speeds in Australia
In the third-quarter results for 2017, the nbn has revealed that 52% of customers have chosen the 25/5Mbps connection speed (25Mbps download and 5Mbps upload) making it the most popular speed tier. This was followed by 12/1Mbps with 29%, 100/40Mbps with 14%, 50/40Mbps with 4% and 25/10Mbps with 1%.
Do I need to get new hardware to receive NBN 25?
You will need to look at your modem and your router to see if they are ready for an NBN 25 plan. The modem is the device that translates your NBN connection from its “raw” state to a usable Internet connection. Your router is the device that sends Internet around your premises.
If you are only just switching to an NBN plan for the first time, then you will almost certainly need a new modem that is specially designed for NBN and ADSL capabilities.
Your old router will remain usable, but depending on its age and quality, it might limit the potential speed of your connection. Despite being an “everyday” type plan, 25Mbps is typically much faster than what you can get with ADSL, so a new router might be necessary to help make full use of the NBN upgrade.