Most Australians are choosing a 25/5 NBN plan

Angus Kidman 11 May 2017

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The second-slowest connection now accounts for more than half of all customers.

The whole point of the National Broadband Network (NBN) has been to offer faster speeds to Australians, but it seems that we're still cautious about seeking more speed.

In its third-quarter results, nbn (the company building the NBN) revealed that 52% of customers on its wired networks have chosen the 25/5Mbps connection speed. That's the second-slowest speed available; 12/1Mbps is the slowest, which has been picked by 29%. Just 14% have gone for the fastest 100/40Mbps speed.

On fixed wireless networks, 25/5Mbps is even more popular, accounting for 78% of all connections. On the Sky Muster satellite network, 66% of customers choose 25/5Mbps, which is the fastest available speed on that network. (Check our detailed guide to the different NBN technologies if they confuse you.)

Choosing a 25/5Mbps will typically offer faster speeds than existing ADSL connections, which may explain why it's a popular choice. In reality, you'll rarely achieve the maximum speed, but 25/5Mbps on a wired connection is more than sufficient for watching Netflix and other online activities. Should you need more speed, it's also relatively straightforward to upgrade, and if you're on a wired connection (FTTN, FTTP or FTTdP) you have several choices to improve your service.

4.6 million premises are now able to connect to the NBN. The previously stated target for nbn is 5.4 million premises ready for service by the middle of 2017, which seems likely to be exceeded. The network is expected to be completed by 2020.

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