Telstra rated best in broadband... but what about the NBN?

Telstra is the best broadband provider in the country — at least according to one report.

The Epitiro research report measures performance in a range of categories including speed, e-mail, browsing, connection and gaming.

Unsurprisingly, there is no mention of price or value for money — two categories that we predict Telstra would not rank highly in.

Still, it proves what most people already know — Telstra provides by far the best broadband service in Australia. Predictably, the telco was quick to shout from the rooftops regarding this result.

Telstra's David Quilty said: “Telstra has world-class fixed, cable and wireless networks, including the largest, fastest, national wireless broadband network in the world. This result hasn’t come about by accident."

Quilty is right. It's not an accident that Telstra owns most of the infrastructure, allowing it to provide such good service.

As an example, its Next G mobile network is currently being upgraded to 21Mbps. Sure, we won't ever achieve those speeds, but that’s a theoretical maximum. Most of the other networks currently have a theoretical maximum of 7.2Mbps. Although they also be upgraded in the future, Telstra will always be two steps ahead.

On the other end of the scale, the Epitiro report ranked Optus last out of eight Australian broadband providers. Optus performed poorly in a number of categories.

That brings us to the NBN. What does this say about the NBN when the remaining three bidders are Optus, Acacia and Axia? Optus has been blasted for poor service over a number of months, while Acacia and Axia don't currently offer any broadband services in Australia.

Although Telstra isn't known for its value for money, there is no doubt its services are currently the most advanced in the country.

With this in mind, did the government make a mistake by excluding it from the NBN?

Got a question or comment? E-mail ross_catanzariti at idg.com.au or use the comment box below.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?