The primary outcomes from the ACCC’s NBN broadband pace testing program have been launched, revealing common peak-hour speeds for purchasers signed up with one of many main suppliers, and the outcomes are… promising.
It was discovered that Telstra, Optus, iiNet, and TPG are delivering obtain speeds which might be solely 10-20% slower within the busiest hours (between 7-11pm) than the utmost plan speeds. The add speeds throughout the identical interval fared even higher, starting from nearly 87% of most speeds to only over 98%.
Whereas Telstra, TPG, and iiNet all carried out equally with their obtain speeds, reaching 88-91% of most plan speeds on this interval, Optus lagged behind at 80.7%.
It’s not only a matter of who you’re with…
As for the totally different pricing tiers, the report discovered that each one three choices carried out significantly higher than ADSL through the peak hours, with NBN100 reaching 87.97Mbps on common (88.0%), NBN50 on 44.34Mbps (88.7%), NBN25 on 21.52Mbps (86.1%), whereas ADSL connections averaged 7.99Mbps. That is solely 66.6% of the promised 12Mbps that an ADSL setup ought to supply.
Whereas the averages do paint a reasonably rosy image, the ACCC additionally famous that 5% of all prospects have been reaching lower than half of the utmost speeds that their plan promised them.
ACCC Chairman Rod Sims says that these outcomes “point out to us that retailers are actually offering sufficient community capability to satisfy demand in peak utilization durations, together with on the highest pace plans, [although] the outcomes for some varieties of providers are nonetheless decrease than we wish.”
The report mentions that Fibre to the Node (FTTN) connections “have been an element that introduced down the common speeds total” however they’re hoping that “averages will enhance additional as service suppliers act on court-enforceable undertakings”.