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Australia’s Next Tech Revolution: Gigabit Internet Speeds

Are you sick of staring at the spinning wheel every time you download something from the internet? So are millions of other Australians. Australia’s internet speeds are pretty average compared to the rest of the world – but there’s good news: faster internet will be at your fingertips sooner than you think.

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In the next few years, Australia’s infrastructure will be capable of gigabit internet speeds: changing how we use the internet forever. This article will explain what gigabit internet speeds are, who they’ll benefit and how you can prepare for fast internet in your business.

Gigabit Internet Speeds: Explained

So what exactly are “gigabit internet speeds”? With gigabit internet speeds, the spinning wheel of boredom would be a rare occurrence outside of network outages.

To understand just how fast gigabit internet speeds are, you’ll need to understand the conversion between megabits (Mbps) and gigabits. Internet speed is measured using “bits per second” or “bps”. One-thousand Gbps is equal to one Mbps: making Gbps a thousand times faster than Mbps.

While achieving gigabit internet speeds may seem crazy, it’s well within the capability of Australia’s current infrastructure. Last year, researchers from RMIT, Swinburne and Monash achieved an internet speed of 44.2 terabits per second (Tbps). At the time, this was the fastest internet speed ever recorded worldwide.

One Tbps is equal to one thousand Gbps, meaning that Tbps internet speeds are one thousand times faster than Gbps internet speeds and one million times faster than Mbps internet speeds.

According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Australians on NBN plans in March 2021 had average internet download speeds between 25.1 MBPS and 94.3 MBPS. Specifically, the average speeds were 25.1 Mbps for NBN 25 plans, 47.7 Mbps for NBN 50 plans and 94.3 Mbps for NBN 100 plans. Once gigabit internet speeds arrive, these “fast” plans will seem like the dial-up internet of the 2010s.

How to Access Gigabit Internet Speeds in Australia

Australians will be able to access gigabit internet speeds through two networks: the 5G network and the National Broadband Network (NBN).

According to the International Telecommunications Union, the 5G network is already gigabit-capable, as it must offer gigabit internet speeds to be classified as “5G”. Specifically, the 5G network must provide a maximum download speed of 20 Gbps and a maximum upload speed of 10 Gbps and a maximum lag time of 4 milliseconds.

While the 5G network rollout is still underway nationwide, researchers have already achieved internet speeds of 4.2 Gbps in a lab environment. It is unlikely that day-to-day speeds will be this fast for a while, though the network is expanding quickly.

Australians will also be able to access gigabit internet speeds through the NBN. While the network isn’t quite there yet, its new fibre-to-the-curb and fixed-line networks will be able to reach gigabit speeds – as fibre-optic lines can reach internet speeds of up to 10 Gbps.

It’s worth noting that the 5G and NBN networks won’t be completely separate forever. In a trial by NBN Co this year, researchers used 5G technology to enhance the NBN network in Mortlake. This allowed them to achieve record speeds of nearly 1Gbps with a distance of 7.3km.

The Benefits of Gigabit Internet Speeds

While everyone loves fast internet, regular gigabit internet speeds will help drive the tech revolution in two industries: manufacturing and healthcare.

Manufacturing

Manufacturing technology has changed dramatically in the past hundred years. Since 1920, Australia has seen an increase in mass production, computerisation and the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

But manufacturing is still very dependent on outdated technology.

Let’s use online faxing as an example. Companies are constantly faxing important and confidential documents between manufacturing plants. These confidential faxes can be intercepted by anyone when printed on a traditional fax machine.

As internet speeds increase, companies are switching to online faxing. This increases the security of the company’s fax operations, as online faxes appear in the recipient’s inbox rather than in the printer tray of the office machine.

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Healthcare

Australia’s healthcare industry has been largely left behind when it comes to technology. While other industries have embraced virtual operations, hospitals, aged-care homes, doctors offices and out-of-patient care facilities have relied on outdated practices.

Fast internet will change this.

Again, let’s take online faxing as an example. Traditional faxing is time-consuming, expensive and requires filing faxes manually. On the other hand, online faxing takes seconds, costs as little as $143.55 a year, and stores faxes automatically in the cloud. Compared to clunky old fax machines, this is more efficient and more in line with 21st-century healthcare.

How Australians Can Prepare for Gigabit Internet Speeds

The gigabit revolution might not be here yet, but it’s far from a lifetime away.

Suppose you’re looking to take advantage of gigabit internet speeds as soon as possible. In that case, you will need to switch to an internet service provider with a capacity for gigabit internet speeds. That likely includes service providers offering NBN 250 plans, NBN 100 plans or 5G internet plans (although this may change).

You will also need to ensure you have hardware that is capable of handling gigabit internet speeds. That includes a WiFi router with an 802.11ac protocol (handles up to 1.3 Gbps) and category 6 Ethernet cables (handles up to 10 Gbps).

Will Gigabit Internet Speeds Be Worth the Money?

If fast internet improves your business, investing in gigabit internet speeds is worth the money.

In the digital age, fast internet changes everything. It improves your communication, increases your productivity, and of course, helps you fax faster.

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Best of all? eFax is NBN compatible. With the NBN rollout, Australia’s fax lines are being disconnected – interrupting the fax services of Australians nationwide. But not with eFax. eFax transmits faxes via the internet, making them NBN compatible and future-proof.

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