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broadband2+ speeds explained

We push the envelope when it comes to broadband speeds. We built a network to bring stuff to your screen faster, but the question we get asked more than anything is "how fast will I go?"

On broadband2+ we offer ADSL2+ speeds as these plans use our next generation iinetwork. On broadband1 we offer a range of speeds, with our higher end plans featuring download speeds "up to 8000kbps".

ADSL2 plus explained

First of all, ADSL and broadband are essentially the same thing. Most people will use the two terms interchangeably to refer to high speed Internet that is delivered over a phone line. Technically "broadband" can refer to many different types of Internet connections including cable, ISDN and other transmission methods. But here we are referring to ADSL broadband over your phone line.

ADSL2+ is a technology that extends the Internet signal that we send down your phone line. Typically; ADSL1 download speeds finish at 8000kbps, ADSL2 finishes at 12,000kbps and ADSL2+ exceeds 20,000kbps. We've simply renamed our ADSL2+ plans, broadband2+ .

how fast?

Broadband speeds are difficult to nail down. As broadband travels from your telephone exchange to your home it goes through a number of impact points that affect the final speed you experience.

Our broadband2+ plans use ADSL2+ technology to deliver a smoother and more satisfying online experience with download speeds typically much faster than standard ADSL. More than half of our broadband2+ customers experience download speeds in excess of 10,000kbps with a small percentage clearing 20,000kbps, up to 24,000kbps.

The exact speed you get varies depending on factors such as:

  • the length of your phone line to the exchange;
  • Internet traffic congestion;
  • the quality of your line;
  • signal strength;
  • the number of joins in your line;
  • the speed of the websites you visit; and
  • factors within your home such as unfiltered devices and lengthy phone cords.

In addition, not all ADSL modems/routers are capable of ADSL2+ speeds. If you have an older modem, it may not be ADSL2+ compatible, so we always advise that you check your manual to make sure. If you are an existing customer you can purchase new ADSL2+ hardware through our members' account toolbox.

Check out the map below of the Sydney metropolitan area from 2008:

Combined ADSL2+ Speed Distribution Map - Sydney
Click the map to view full size (170k)

What this map shows is the average speed the combined iiNet and Internode customer experiences in areas covered by both the iiNet and Internode ADSL2+ networks.

The dots you see are telephone exchanges that have DSLAMs installed.

The red splotches surrounding each exchange in this map indicate customers getting ADSL2+ broadband speeds in excess of 12Mbps. As the colours move through orange, yellow, grey and finally black, you can see how the speed decreases.