How NBN Differs from Traditional Internet Connection Methods

We live in a technology-dominated era, in which the Internet plays a big role. We use it to connect to the world, to get information, to work, to shop and for many other purposes. There are many ways an electronic device can connect to the internet. As technology improves, there is a greater need for faster Internet connections, in order to handle these changes and also the market’s growing requirements.

The aim of providing all homes and businesses with a fast, reliable Internet connection developed in Australia as the National Broadband Network (NBN) project, funded by the Federal Government. The NBN is designed to replace old, outdated phone and internet infrastructure. But how will it really work and how do NBN plans differ from other types of Internet connections, such as Cable and Wireless?

NBN vs. ADSL2+

  • NBN plans can vary in price depending on the download speed, the slower speed options being similar in price with the ADSL plans.
  • NBN plans can be faster and more reliable than current ADSL2 options.
  • ADSL and ADSL2+ rely on the old copper infrastructure, which was originally intended for the sole purpose of fulfilling telephone needs.
  • The NBN’s modern architecture was designed with the specific target of supporting high speed transfer or internet traffic.
  • There are NBN Plan prices quite similar to what customers are already paying for ADSL2+.

NBN vs. Cable

  • Download speeds are quite comparable, the cable broadband speed being the most like NBN.
  • Cable connection requires an installation fee, unlike NBN (with the exception of the New Development fee for a small number of NBN users).
  • In the beginning, NBN maximum speeds will be similar to the maximum speed of a cable connection.
  • It is expected that the NBN will be upgraded to considerably exceed the maximum speed limits of cable.

NBN vs. 4G Wireless Broadband

  • The NBN initial maximum speeds will double the ones 4G users have seen under perfect conditions.
  • Both NBN and wireless come with free-of-charge installation (except in the cases mentioned above).
  • Wireless broadband performance relies on the strength of the signal in a particular location, contrary to what NBN plans have to offer.
  • Wireless connection can be unstable and unreliable indoors, compared to fixed-line connections, such as ADSL, NBN and cable.

When comparing different internet connection types, the NBN manages to encompass the best aspects from all of them and really has the edge overall (particularly if you choose the Premium Speed plan). The NBN plans have many features: faster speed, infinite data, dynamic IP address, no contracts, no setup fees, no disconnection fees, no plan charge fees and a lifetime modem warranty.

Does this mean that you have to move to an NBN plan? As specialists in the area say, even if you are happy with your current internet service, sooner or later your neighborhood will be ready for NBN, so why not get ahead of the curve and start embracing the future today.

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