We need a network that can keep up with rising internet data downloads.
Our data usage is increasing dramatically, as we use the internet more and more to communicate, learn, work and access services.
Australia’s internet data downloads grew by more than 50 per cent in the last year––that’s more than 829,000 DVDs worth of data every month.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the data downloaded over fixed-line broadband networks accounted for 94 per cent of all downloads in the three months ending in June 2012.
We are also sending and receiving more videos than ever before. The growth in video use across education, business, health and entertainment is placing huge demands on our existing network. According to the Australian Communications and Media Authority, 5.2 million Australians have watched professionally produced videos online in the last six months.
Fixed-line networks continue to carry the vast majority of internet data load, as we are increasingly using the internet on portable devices such as smartphones and tablets.
With our demand for data and speed rising, we need a faster, more reliable network with greater capacity. Unlike our copper telephone network, the NBN is built for the job.
The NBN is a fixed line network that will provide high speed broadband access to all Australian homes and businesses through a mix of three technologies. Ninety three per cent of premises will have access to a fibre network capable of providing broadband speeds up to 40 times faster than ADSL broadband. The remaining premises will have access to next generation, fixed wireless and satellite technologies.
Service providers are already offering NBN packages with speeds of up to 100 megabits per second (Mbps) download and 40 Mbps upload (100/40 Mbps). Details of all of the service providers are available on NBN Co’s website .
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