The fastest broadband providers for streaming Netflix, watching YouTube and downloading games on Steam

Matt Sayer 26 April 2018 NEWS

Make slow Internet speeds a thing of the past by checking out the ISPs Netflix, Google and Steam rank as the fastest in Australia.

At first glance, it can be tough to differentiate one Internet provider from another in Australia's burgeoning broadband market. Aside from pricing, most ISPs tend to offer seemingly-identical unlimited data plans with common speed ratings like 25Mbps, nbn50 and ADSL2+.

However, in practice, there are often dramatic differences between one provider's Unlimited Standard Speed NBN plan and another's. That shared "Standard Speed" label doesn't actually mean that both plans will deliver the 25Mbps download speeds the speed tier is theoretically capable of. Numerous factors impact the performance of your Internet connection, and how a provider addresses these factors determines how close to the theoretical maximum your download speeds will actually be.

This is why providers like Telstra have started purchasing more bandwidth from NBN Co, allowing them to provide customers with faster average speeds and less slowdown during the busy evening peak period. But while faster average speeds are a big plus, they don't tell the whole story. Download speeds for specific online services can vary greatly between providers, too.

Thankfully, a few of the bigger online services track their users' Internet performance on an ISP-by-ISP basis, making it possible to compare broadband providers on how suitable they are for tasks like streaming Netflix, watching YouTube or downloading PC games from Steam. So, that's exactly what we've done.

By assessing the most recent data from Netflix's ISP speed index, Google's Video Quality report and Steam's download statistics, we've ranked the fastest Australian broadband providers for each service based on the two core Internet connection types: ADSL and NBN. We've also picked out the top broadband plans for each provider so you can compare them to find the best deal on the fastest connections.

To see which providers offer the fastest speeds on Netflix, YouTube and Steam, check out our guides below:

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