Australian Households Demand Faster Broadband

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According to a recent NBN Co report, more households than ever before are opting for higher speed NBN plans to support their needs for online work, learning, entertainment and connected life.

The number of Australians choosing broadband plans with peak download speeds of 100 Mbps and above more than doubled in the 12 months to January 2021, while average household data downloads grew by almost 20% in the same period.

In the report, NBN Co identified the leading five postcodes with significant demand for faster broadband plans:

  1. 2170 (Liverpool, Casula, Moorebank) in New South Wales;
  2. 3030 (Werribee, Werribee South, Point Cook) in Victoria;
  3. 4350 (Greater Toowoomba) in Queensland;
  4. 3029 (Hoppers Crossing, Truganina, Tarneit) in Victoria; and
  5. 3977 (Craigieburn) in Victoria.

Approximately 70% of customers are now connected to NBN wholesale plans with peak download speeds of 50 Mbps while more than 16% are connected to plans with peak download speeds in excess of 100 Mbps and above.

The need for speed comes with Australians increasingly working from home, enjoying high definition streaming video and cloud gaming, accessing online learning and telehealth, and adopting more connected home devices.

Commenting on the report, NBN Co’s Chief Customer Officer, Brad Whitcomb said: “Demand for data on the NBN shows how Australians are continuing to increase their reliance on broadband for work, learning, entertainment and connected life. In doing so, they are choosing faster broadband plans that help to meet their household needs.

 “We expect this trend to continue to 2021 as people continue to adopt new connected devices and entertainment subscriptions and aim to optimise the online experience for everyone at home.”