NBN rolls out it’s own Speedtest, compare it to NBN speeds

NBN rolls out it’s own Speedtest, compare it to NBN speeds

The Australian National Broadband Network, or as we refer to them – NBN, have just rolled out their own internet Speedtest on their site. It’s quite accurate as far as I’ve tested on my home connection so far, as it came out to 15.2 Mbps download speeds as comapred to 15.1 on Speedtest.net. It’s quite pretty as well, and aside from that this is the best way to test how your home connection stacks up against future NBN speeds. As it turns out, pretty well, and the jump from 15.2 Mbps to 24 Mbps (assuming you get that speed in actuality) isn’t that big a jump in speed comparisons.

Furthermore, it allows you to compare different download file sizes (such as a File attachment being 30MB, or even a Full HD video being 8GB) and estimate how long it would take you to download at your speed compared to NBN speeds, and how much time you’ll manage to save on downloading. As it stands, we’d LOVE to get our hands on that 90 Mbps speed as that’s the only one that will really make a difference (considering my home speed connection is generally faster than average Australian homes), and an 8GB file could potentially take be 1 hour less on their 90 Mbps plan. It’s also worth noting the their upload speeds are close to 10x faster than mine.

It is worth nothing that you’ll never get the speeds they’ve listen, and the numbers assume that you’ll be able to download files at your maxed out speeds (never the case in real world application, as I’ve never downloaded anything faster than 2 Mbps). The NBN are aware of this as well, and have posted a little notice:

The speeds used in the comparison are theoretical examples only and do not represent the speeds that will be available over the NBN. NBN Co is a wholesale only service provider and is designing the NBN to be capable of delivering high-speed services to its wholesale customers (RSPs). Speeds actually achieved by retail customers (end users) will depend on a number of factors including the quality of their equipment and in-premises connection, the broadband plans offered by their RSP and how their RSP designs its network to cater for multiple end users.

In Plain English – Take it as a guide. Apart from that, feel free to head on over to the NBN site for yourself and check out how you do. We know we’ll take even 50 Mbps if we can get it.

Source: NBN
via: Gizmodo 


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