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ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) is still one of the most common broadband products in Australia today and operates over existing telephone lines. ADSL technology offers theoretical download speeds of up 1.5Mbps (ADSL) and up to 20Mbps for ADSL2+ services. Naked DSL plans are also subject to the same technology and speeds as ADSL and ADSL2+, however unlike those technologies, subscribers to naked DSL broadband plans have the benefit of not having to pay for monthly fixed line phone rental that generally accompanies ADSL services.
Cable broadband is another product that has become increasingly popular over the past couple of decades for its robust nature that can provide subscribers with Pay TV, telephone and broadband internet bundles. Available through Optus and Telstra BigPond, and subject to line condition and network loads, typical cable broadband plans generally offer users download speeds between 8Mbps and 20Mbps. A recent upgrade in parts of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane using DOCSIS 3.0 technology has bolstered theoretical cable broadband speeds from around 20Mbps to 100Mbps. Recently naked cable broadband has become available from a number of internet service providers.
Mobile broadband networks now provide wireless internet access to nearly 99 per cent of Australians through 3G (third generation) technology. This type of wireless broadband gives users the ability to connect to the internet almost anywhere at fixed line broadband speeds. While not as robust or consistent as ADSL2+ or cable fixed line broadband, current 3G networks can still provide subscribers with typical download speeds between 550kbps to 3Mbps. 3G mobile broadband is not currently considered an alternative to fixed line home broadband, however this is expected to change with the inception of 4G wireless technology.
The National Broadband Network (NBN) aims to connect 93 per cent of homes, schools and workplaces with a minimum peak speed of 12Mbps via high speed fibre optic technology. NBN services delivered via fibre optic technology will initially provide high download speeds of up to 100 megabits per second and will also have the capacity to be upgraded to 1 gigabit per second and beyond. Actual speeds will vary depending in a number of factors such as the broadband plan that you're on, equipment and in-premises connections.
The remaining 7 per cent of Australia's population will be connected to the NBN by fixed wireless and satellite broadband services. Long Term Evolution 'LTE' wireless technology has been identified by the NBN Co as the preferred technology type to service these rural or remote areas. Some ISPs are currently offering 4G Mobile Broadband plans plans using this LTE technology and are providing subscribers with typical download speeds from 2Mbps to 40Mbps and upload speeds from 1Mbps to 10Mbps.