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NBN Pushes Higher Broadband Speeds During Covid-19

SYDNEY: More than 7.4 million Australian consumers are said to now be connected to the National Broadband Network, following the activation of some 383,257 new services during the three months ended June 30.

The ACCC’s latest Wholesale Market Indicators report shows more than 255,000 households signed up during that period to 50Mbps NBN plans, with almost five million customers on the higher speed 50Mbps plans at the end of June.

There was also an 11.9 percent jump in the uptake of 100Mbps plans, with 9.1 percent of households now subscribing to these.

“Many more households have been at home during the day during the Covid-19 pandemic and have likely chosen higher speed plans to accommodate increased broadband use, whether it be for work, entertainment or even force their children to attend school during the lockdown,” said ACCC chair Rod Sims.

The March 2020 quarterly report shows that available NBN bandwidth per user jumped by 31 percent, following NBN Co’s boost of network capacity in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Telstra continues to have the highest market share, with 46.4 per cent of all services. But both TPG and Optus increased their share slightly over the quarter to 22.3 per cent and 15.4 per cent respectively.

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