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If there's one thing that unites all, it's a disdain for slow Internet. From slow streaming speeds to dropouts mid-Zoom call, poor Internet speeds have probably caused you a few headaches in the past.
Finder analysed over 24,000 broadband speed tests conducted on Finder's website between October 2020 and July 2021 to determine which state has the fastest Internet, when the best time to get your Netflix fix is, and what broadband provider delivers the fastest speeds.
Which state has the fastest Internet?
The speed test data reveals that Victoria comes out on top, clocking up an impressive download speed of 49.5Mbps on average.
That's in stark contrast to the state's neighbour to the south. The analysis shows that Tasmania has the slowest download speed in the country, an average of 36.8Mbps.
Following Victoria, South Australia has the speediest Internet, an average of 47.2Mbps.
Which is the best day of the week to use the Internet?
The research shows that Friday is the best day of the week to surf the net, with an average download speed of 47.0Mbps. This is followed closely by Thursday (46.6Mbps).
Download speeds are at their lowest on Mondays (43.8Mbps) and increase steadily through the work week.
The fastest day of the week does depend on which state you live in. In Victoria and Western Australia, download speeds peak on Saturday, with average speeds of 52.4Mbps and 42.5Mbps respectively.
In Tasmania, download speeds hit a high of 46.8Mbps on Fridays, while the ACT hits its high on Thursdays (62.9Mbps).
The ACT has the greatest variability in Internet speeds across the different days of the week, while Victoria has the most consistent speeds.
When is the best time to use the Internet?
The research shows that early afternoon is your best bet for speedy streaming. Download speeds are at their fastest between 12pm and 4pm, at an average of 54.1Mbps.
The best time to use the Internet will also depend on your state. Broadband speeds in Western Australia surge to 48.1Mbps between 8pm and 12am, but only reach around 30-40Mbps at all other times of day.
In South Australia and Tasmania, download speeds hit their high between 4pm and 8pm, at 62.7Mbps and 61.3 Mbps respectively.
How to get the most out of your broadband
Check your speed. The only way to figure out your home Internet speed is to use a broadband speed test to check that you're getting what you're paying for. If your test speed comes back less than what your broadband provider has promised, it might be time to call your provider to see what's going on.
Only pay for what you need. There's no use paying for the fastest NBN plan if you rarely use the Internet. For small households, 50Mbps is usually fine, while 100Mbps can make sense for larger families or those downloading large amounts of data. Everyone has different broadband needs, so make sure your plan is right for you.
Compare your options. Broadband plans can vary in price, so it's important to shop around for your provider. For instance, a standard NBN plan can cost anywhere between $50 and $90 per month depending on the provider and the type of plan. Compare broadband plans for the best deal and don't stay loyal to your current provider if you're unhappy.
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