Almost 70% of fixed NBN plans on 50 Mbps or higher


By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Monday, 14 December, 2020


Almost 70% of fixed NBN plans on 50 Mbps or higher

Almost 70% of NBN fixed connections are now on speeds of 50 Mbps or higher, according to the Bureau of Communications, Arts and Regional Research.

A fact sheet compiled by the department shows that 99.3% of premises within the NBN footprint are able to access speeds of at least 25 Mbps, putting Australia first among 15 comparable countries by this metric.

The proportion of customers opting for 50 Mbps+ plans has grown from just 16% in June 2016 and 40% in early 2018 to nearly 70% today.

This places Australia in sixth among the comparable countries, ahead of the UK and US but below Belgium, New Zealand, Canada, Switzerland and Sweden.

From 2010 to 2019 household uptake of all types of fixed broadband services grew from 56% to 88%, the research also shows.

“Australians are embracing higher speed plans over time, which is reflected in increases in wholesale and retail subscriptions,” the fact sheet states.

“This change has been in part due to NBN Co’s introduction of discounted bundled products which have allowed retailers to offer more affordable 50 Mbps and above products.”

The 15 countries were Australia, Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark, the UK, the US, Canada, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Norway, Austria, Sweden, Finland and France.

Image credit: ©stock.adobe.com/au/Teerasan

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