National Broadband Network (NBN) for Entertainment


NBN for Entertainment

The National Broadband Network (NBN) is offering high-speed and reliable internet connection across Australia. There are in total 4-speed tiers that you can choose from. Each of these speed tiers i denoted by its Download/Upload speed in Mbps that are designed for different purposes.

  • NBN 12/1 is the lowest speed tier that is good for light surfing and minimal internet use. Currently, this speed tier is only available for connections via Sky Muster satellite.
  • NBN 25/5 is the base speed tier for most service providers now and is perfect for single or two users that need the internet for light surfing and social media networking. It has become the base tier for several providers. But eventually, this tier is disappearing for fixed fibre optic connections.
  • NBN 50/20 connection is perfect for smaller households as it can support surfing, social media networking, light gaming, and SD to HD streaming. It’s the base tier for fixed fibre optic to home and the node connection. 
  • NBN 100/40 serves the need of a larger household or a small-to-medium business to support heavy data usage, gaming and HD to 4K streaming.

Entertainment Packages

If the primary purpose to get an NBN connection is to stream entertainment and sports channels such as Netflix, Stan, Kayo, Amazon Prime, Foxtel and more, you will need to go for a higher speed tier. The two most suitable connections for such use are – 

1. NBN 50

The 50 Mbps download and 20 Mbps upload speed works the best for a small household or an individual user who requires heavy data usage. The evening speeds for such a connection by typical providers such as Tangerine and Harbour ISP should reach up to 42 Mbps. This connection will be perfect for HD streaming and responsive gaming.

2. NBN 100

The 100 Mbps download and 20 Mbps upload speed tier is perfect for entertainment enthusiasts. The speed is perfect to receive uninterrupted 4K streaming and get super-responsive gaming experience. This connection is also perfect to receive HD streaming if NBN is required by a larger household. 

Other Factors

Apart from the NBN speed tier; other factors should be considered for a flawless streaming and entertainment experience.

  • The type of connection you will receive from your service provider matters a lot when it comes to speed. A direct fibre optic connection is the best way to stream 4K channels.
  • Regardless of the speed, a wireless NBN may have congestion and network limitation. Ask your service provider for typical connectivity specific to your need.
  • The higher the speed, the more it will cost you. Talk to your service provider for long-term plans where you can get discounts, free modems, and even a phone line.
  • Apart from the internet connection, the streaming also will depend on the performance of the platform you are watching.
  • Try to look for unlimited data plans because fixed data plans might not be sufficient for watching movies and TV series in HD or 4K.

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