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Optus trumps all with the fastest internet in the country

According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commision's report, Optus has been named as the top retail service provider (RSP) having measured the highest maximum download speeds during peak hours.

All nbn resellers known as Retail Service Providers (RSP) came in with speeds varying from 76 to 87 per cent of advertised plan speeds for NBN and ADSL when measured during peak hours.

Peak hours are defined as during 7pm - 11pm and is typically when RSP's experience the most load on the network and drastic performance hits can occur.

Optus managed to just push past TPG's  86.3 percent but only by a hair with 87.6 percent to take the overall crown of Australia's fastest internet. Exetel took the bronze medal with third place at 84.8 percent.

ACCC chair Rod Sims said “This shows how RSP performances can vary, and why it pays for consumers to do their research. We encourage consumers to compare the busy hour speed claims made by RSPs with their real-world performance, as set out in the Measuring Broadband Australia results, especially if they are paying more in the expectation of faster broadband speeds.”

Unfortunately customers on Fibre to the Node (FTTN) connections have not faired too well in recent times.

With one in four FTTN connections barely achieving 75% of their advertised speed at anytime and not just during the peak periods.

It shows that the NBN Network has a long way to go and is still just in its infancy. Over time with more investment it is poised to become one of Australia's greatest national endeavours.

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