The ACCC is looking for NBN speed testing volunteers

Alex Kidman 19 June 2017

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Do you fancy helping the ACCC ascertain the NBN's real-world speeds?

The ACCC announced back in April that it was going to start monitoring real-world NBN performance in an effort to ensure that consumers actually got a realistic picture of their likely real-world NBN speeds.

It's long been a contentious issue, with ISPs arguing that the complexity of network interconnections and the cost of the connectivity virtual circuit (CVC) has led to network congestion, while consumers have been left wondering why their supposedly superfast NBN connection is anything but.

In order to test these connections, however, the ACCC needs a wide range of connections across the country to test. In order to achieve that in a real-world way, the ACCC is looking for NBN customers willing to take part in its speed testing trials. Eventually, it aims to have some 4,000 sample connections to assess, but in the first year of operation it's simply seeking out some 2,000 Australians as a pilot group to ascertain likely speeds across all the hours of the day.

If you're interested, you can sign up to volunteer for the ACCC's trial here. It's not a paid position and you do have to already have an NBN connection, although the ACCC does intend to also test ADSL and other fast fixed-line connection services in the future. Applications are open until 31 July 2017.

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