To work out how the NBN rollout will affect the internet in Australia in the future, it’s a good idea to look at the state of the internet as it is today.
Using information from a number of sources, such as current carrier network coverage data, the Department of Communications created the Broadband Availability and Quality report to show the availability and quality of internet available to users across Australia.
With regards to availability, the report showed that:
- 9.9 million premises (91%) have access to fixed line broadband services delivered via DSL technology.
- 3.1 million premises (28%) have access to high speed broadband, such as fibre-to-the-premises, fibre-to-the-node, hybrid fibre coaxial networks and fixed wireless networks.
- 8.8 million premises (81%) have access to 3G mobile broadband services and 6.4 million premises (59%) have access to 4G services.
- All premises in Australian are covered by satellite broadband, however, the limited capacity of these services means not all premises can access them.
(Bear in mind that the total in this section exceeds 100% because most premises have access to more than one technology.)
Now a look at the quality of internet received. The report showed that:
- 3.1 million premises (28%) have access to peak download speeds between 25Mbps and 110 Mbps.
- 7.1 million premises (65%) have access to peak median download speeds of less than 24Mbps over the copper network.
- 0.7 million (6%) premises are unable to access a fixed broadband service.
- Of the premises using copper DSL broadband services, 3.7 million have a peak median download speed of less than 9 Mbps, and 920,000 have a peak median download speed of less than 4.8 Mbps.
The report shows that while there are many users who have access to faster internet, there is a significant percentage of the country that either has to put up with slow internet or no internet at all.
It highlights the fact that about 1.4 million premises in Australia (13%) are in areas where less than 40% premises have access to a fixed broadband service. As these areas are either located in regional or remote areas of the country, or in pockets of ‘bad service’ areas in metropolitan and outer metropolitan areas, the report shows that infrastructure needs to be improved.
What the NBN promises
Working on “one of the largest infrastructure projects in Australia’s history”, the NBN Co promises to “make high-speed broadband available to 100% of Australian homes and businesses”.
If you want to find out more about the NBN and whether it’s available in your area, check out iiNet NBN coverage and find an NBN plan that works for you.