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Oz Broadband Now Faster, NBN “Better Than Expected”

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has found broadband speeds are now much faster than “a few months ago”, with most providers now delivering “very close to their maximum plan speeds”.

The consumer watchdog’s Measuring Broadband Australia program reveals Telstra, Optus, iiNet and TPG are now delivering around 80% – 90% of their maximum plan speeds in the busy evening hours [7pm – 11pm].

ACCC Chairman, Rod Sims, affirms the results are better than expected, however, some are still lower than preferred:

“These first test results are better than expected, and indicate the majority of internet service providers are now delivering very close to their maximum plan speeds”

“The results for some types of services are still lower than we would like, but the overall results go against the current wisdom that the majority of consumers and businesses are having issues with NBN speeds”.

The ACCC’s report reveals 5% of of services operate at less than 50% of their maximum plan speeds:

“The results for some types of services are still lower than we would like, but the overall results go against the current wisdom that the majority of consumers and businesses are having issues with NBN speeds”.

Despite this, Sims asserts most retailers have increased their network capacities to cater to increased peak hour demand:

“The relatively high average speeds during peak periods indicate to us that retailers are now providing enough network capacity to meet demand in peak usage periods, including on the top speed plans.”

“Our results reflect significant and recent changes in the market, particularly the recent discounting by NBN Co of capacity charges and consequent take up of more CVC by retailers. They likely also reflect the effect of our speed advertising guidance and anticipation that our testing was soon to begin.”

“It is highly likely that just a few months ago these results would not have been anywhere near as good”.

The ACCC tested ADSL speeds of 25, 50 and 100 Mbps plans in February and March 2018. The test involved 400 NBN and ADSL services over 10 internet service providers, and 61,000 individual download speed tests.

The ACCC’s next broadband speed test results are scheduled to release in the second half of 2018.

Read the full Measuring Broadband Australia report here.

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