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This support article will explain the factors that affect the speed of your nbn™ service. To understand the speeds you can expect with Vodafone nbn™, we’ve likened it to the speeds you go while driving a car. Even if you have a sports car, how fast you drive will depend on factors such as traffic, speed limit and the type of road you’re driving on. It’s similar to how internet speeds work.
Speed tier of your plan.
The speed tier of your plan is like a speed limit. For example, if your plan uses nbn™ 25, your maximum download speed will be 25Mbps – even if your internet could potentially reach higher speeds. It’s important to note that various factors affect your internet speed. Because of this, you may not always receive the maximum speed available on your plan.
Your nbn™ connection.
There may be a maximum line speed for the nbn™ connection at your premises. This could be due to your nbn™ technology type or other factors, such as the condition of the wiring in your building.
For customers with FTTB/FTTN technology, we’ll undertake a speed check after your service is activated. If your maximum line speed doesn’t support the speed tier of the plan you’ve chosen, we’ll let you know. We may change your plan to one that’s more suitable, so you’re not paying more for speeds you can’t achieve.
Content that you access.
Driving somewhere that’s far away takes longer compared to somewhere that’s close. Similarly, downloading content from overseas takes longer than downloading local content. Also, you may experience slower speeds if you’re trying to access content that’s affected by congestion. This typically happens when a lot of people are trying to access the same site.
Peak hours for internet usage.
We constantly monitor the speeds of Vodafone nbn™ to try and optimise the experience for our customers. However when a lot of people are online at the same time, your internet speeds can be impacted. It’s similar to traffic during peak hour on a busy road, except that the peak time for internet use is usually between 7pm to 11pm.
Our network capacity.
Think of the nbn™ as a highway, with each provider having a certain number of lanes that customers can use. When you drive on a highway in peak hour, you’re less likely to be stuck in traffic if there are more lanes. Similarly the more network capacity your provider buys from nbn co, the faster your internet speeds will be during peak hours. We’re constantly monitoring the speeds of Vodafone nbn™ to try and optimise the experience for our customers.
Number of devices connected.
If you use the internet on a single device, it can access all of your bandwidth. But when multiple devices use your internet at the same time, your bandwidth is shared between them. This may feel like you’re experiencing slower speeds, even though it’s really the effect of reduced bandwidth for each device.
The quality of your modem will impact your speeds, as not all modems are the same. All of our plans come with the Vodafone Wi-Fi Hub™ to maximise the performance of your nbn™ service. The Vodafone Wi-Fi Hub™ is included with our 24 month plans or $150 upfront with a Month to Month plan.
Modems used on ADSL may not work with Vodafone nbn™, and modems made before 2009 may struggle to reach higher speeds.
Wi-Fi performance can be impacted by multiple people using the same Wi-Fi network, physical obstacles or interference from surrounding devices.
The Vodafone Wi-Fi Hub™ comes with a 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi frequency. Generally, the 5Ghz frequency can give you faster speeds at a shorter distance, while 2.4GHz offers more range but may have slower speeds.