National Broadband Network’s planned move to connect more than 93% of Australian homes to the National Fibre network is a sure game changer in the way Aussies access the Internet.
With broadband speeds of up to 100 Mbps, it is indisputable that Australia will soon be among the top world countries with the fastest Internet speeds. At such great speeds, it will precisely take you less than a quarter of the time you normally take to upload files, pictures or videos to do the same task. What’s more, NBN plans to utilise appropriate technologies to ensure that every home is connected.
Where fibre cables cannot be used, they will use fixed wireless or satellite connections.
USA broadband speed
Compared to other world leaders in technology such as USA and UK, the 100 Mbps fibre network is set to place Australia in a very competitive position at a critical time when almost every country’s economy is Internet dependent.
USA was ranked the eighth country out of 55, according to a survey made in 2013, with average connection speeds of 8.7 Mbits/s, seven places adrift the first ranked South Korea whose average broadband connection speed stood at 13.3 Mbit/s. Nowadays, one can even find an internet connection in remote parts of the country with the help of several satellite internet options available through various ISPs.
IN the USA, however, companies such as AT&T have the ability to offer high broadband connection speeds of up to 1GB/s.
UK broadband speed
In the United Kingdom, the broadband Internet access which was initially provided by many telecommunication and regional cable television companies is now available to over half of the homes. Development of Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) technology which made it possible for broadband Internet to be delivered via the traditional copper cables accelerated spread of broadband in UK. Most Internet Service Providers in UK use coaxial cables to deliver Internet to homes of residents with broadband speeds of up to 120 Mbps. In addition, other people who use fiber cabling in their internet services will see much higher broadband speeds than ever before. This means that UK, though well developed, will not be far away from Australia in terms of broadband connection speed once the NBN fibre network is successfully rolled out.
That said, if NBN make good their pledges and successfully roll out the fibre network, Australia will be among the pace setters in terms of Internet accessibility. This is true since NBN intends to leave nothing to chance; even homes that do not fall within the fibre footprint will still be connected to the fixed wireless and satellite technology. It now just remains a matter of time before the game is fully changed. To find out more about the NBN roll out visit iiNet’s NBN portal.