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Q. Tom Hi I am confused as to how much download speed I will actually receive if I were to upgrade to the government’s NBN. What download speed can I actually get? A. There is a lot of confusion with the terminology. The government and the NBNCo has listed download speeds as megabits, however many people assume this means megabytes. These are very different measurements. For people in the 93% of Australia eligible for a fibre optic cable, and capable of achieving anywhere up to 1000 megabits, this equates to about 125 megabytes per second. Those in more remote areas, whose download speed is 12 megabits per second, can expect speeds of over three megabytes per second. Q. Fiona Hi, I am with Telstra Bigpond Broadband and have been for quite some time. I was wondering, with the implementation of the new High-Speed Broadband Scheme, do I have to switch my ISP? A. No. Since Telstra is now on board with NBN and almost all of the other major providers have backed the scheme (including iiNet, Optus, iPrimus and Internode), ...

Q. Tom
Hi I am confused as to how much download speed I will actually receive if I were to upgrade to the government’s NBN. What download speed can I actually get?

A. There is a lot of confusion with the terminology. The government and the NBNCo has listed download speeds as megabits, however many people assume this means megabytes. These are very different measurements. For people in the 93% of Australia eligible for a fibre optic cable, and capable of achieving anywhere up to 1000 megabits, this equates to about 125 megabytes per second. Those in more remote areas, whose download speed is 12 megabits per second, can expect speeds of over three megabytes per second.

Q. Fiona
Hi, I am with Telstra Bigpond Broadband and have been for quite some time. I was wondering, with the implementation of the new High-Speed Broadband Scheme, do I have to switch my ISP?

A. No. Since Telstra is now on board with NBN and almost all of the other major providers have backed the scheme (including iiNet, Optus, iPrimus and Internode), it is entirely likely your ISP will simply provide you with an option to upgrade your plan on your current bill when the NBN rolls out in your area. However, don’t forget that it will become an incredibly competitive marketplace in the next couple of years, so be sure to shop around for the best deal! Many small and medium sized ISP’s remain in opposition of the NBN, so if your provider is small it is more than likely you may have to switch.

Q. Bert
Hello YOURLifeChoices, I was wondering, if I choose to upgrade to broadband on the government’s NBN, will I need to buy a new computer?

A. Any computer capable of getting a broadband internet connection will be capable of receiving the NBN and will not need to be upgraded.







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