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What is ADSL2+?

ADSL2+ is the fastest form of ADSL Internet currently available. Like regular ADSL, it uses the copper phone line network to deliver Internet services around Australia. Because phone calls only use a small portion of the bandwidth available on the copper lines, ADSL is able to leverage unused frequencies to transmit data along the same physical cables without interfering with phone calls going on at the same time.

Where vanilla ADSL only used a limited range of additional frequencies, ADSL2+ encompasses a much broader spectrum, enabling speeds of up to 24Mbps compared to ADSL's maximum of 8Mbps. The caveat is that ADSL2+ connections are less stable over long distances, with the 24Mbps maximum dropping steeply as soon as you're more than 1km away from your local telephone exchange.

It's worth mentioning that these speeds are theoretical maximums, and the typical ADSL user will likely experience much slower speeds under real-world conditions.

For a full run-down on how ADSL works, check out our guide to ADSL broadband plans.

Where is ADSL2+ available?

Since ADSL2+ uses the same technology as ADSL, it too is available wherever there's an active phone line connection. If you're not sure whether your house has an active phone line, most ADSL providers include an address checker on their website for verifying if the service is available in your area.

What does the NBN mean for the future of ADSL2+?

While ADSL Internet has served Australia well for a time, it won't be around for much longer. As the NBN continues to roll out across the country, all existing ADSL services are being switched off, whether they be vanilla ADSL or ADSL2+.

After the NBN is installed in a particular area, residents will have 18 months to make the switch to an NBN plan before their ADSL service will be completely cut off. If you don’t switch within that time, you'll be stuck without an Internet service.

On a larger scale, all ADSL services Australia-wide will be shut off 18 months after the completion of the NBN rollout. From then on, all Internet in Australia will be delivered via the NBN or through independent providers that have built their own physical networks.


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