When searching for a new home, one of the most overlooked elements in the decision making process is which regions or suburbs will allow you to access good internet speeds.
For many of us, the impact of living with poor internet speeds goes deeper than slower streaming of videos. It impacts our businesses, our education, our access to healthcare and even our ability to build the kind of lifestyle we want.
As our cities become more decentralised, businesses are increasingly able to operate successfully on suburban fringes, in country towns and even remote areas. When we choose where we want to live, where we will work is paramount to making the right lifestyle choice, which means that our internet capabilities can have a big impact.
All too often this ‘minor’ detail is forgotten during the moving process, and it is easy to make the assumption that moving to a highly developed area means you will be getting a good service. However, this is often not the case.
At present, Australia is ranked 60th in the world for its internet speeds – all the more reason to do a proper investigation of this service before you plan your move.
There are certain areas that are listed as having stronger internet speeds than others in Australia, but did you know that exactly where your new home is located, within a particular area, can have a significant impact on your internet speeds?
Even being as little as 100 meters too far from the closest phone exchange can impede on your ability to access quality internet.
Access to quality education, no matter where you reside, has become a reality with online courses, video tutorials and live assistance. Many companies are moving towards a flexible and ‘remote’ workforce, allowing their staff to work from home utilising email, video conferencing and saving major commuting time.
If you are a small business owner, or plan to launch one, these technical details become a critical factor in the success of your move. Home businesses and start-ups have made a huge impact on the Australian economy which, according to Treasurer Scott Morrison, number over 2 million businesses Australia-wide.
Choosing a service provider is only one part of the equation – you also need to test the speed of the service provider which you can only do by looking at real time information. Keep in mind that the advertised speeds, and what you think you are paying for, are the best speeds not the speed you will usually get.
The best way to do an accurate test is to go to speedtest.net.
Once there, simply click on the ‘go to my location’ link and you will be available to see which service providers operate in your area. You can search very specifically, or you can search by city. The data you receive will allow you to form a better comparison of shortlisted suburbs.
Although there are plenty of areas across Australia with impressive internet speeds, we have rounded up the top 5 suburbs for speedy internet across Australia.
The most expensive suburb on the list with median house prices of $2.1m and $700 per week for rent. Strathfield is located in the inner west suburbs just 12 km from Sydney’s CBD.
Carlton was one of the first suburbs in Melbourne to receive the National Broadband Network (NBN). Located right by the Lygon Street precinct, Carlton is also home to some of the best Italian food in Melbourne and only a quick tram ride from the CBD. This suburb is perfect if you are looking to study or set up a business.
For those who are inspired by historic homes, this older Brisbane suburb offers the best of both worlds. Ascot features beautiful vintage housing, as well as super fast internet speeds. Residents revel in the beautifully designed architecture along with stunning gardens.
Located in the inner northern suburbs of Adelaide, Prospect is slowly becoming one of the trendiest places for entrepreneurs to settle and run their business. Needless to say – the internet speed in this area needs to high performing.
This blooming Perth suburb is a scenic location and is developing into one of the Perth’s most beautiful places to settle in with cafe strips and luxurious homes to choose from.
Once you have found an area that meets all your other moving criteria, and offers internet speeds that are in line with your requirements, there are a few other things you can do to make your technical journey smoother.
Shop around for a service provider, remembering that the advertised speed is only the top speed, not the average.
Pre-organise your connection
Securing a new internet connection can take anywhere from 1 day to 2 weeks. Therefore, it is important to have your new line checked. Your new service provider can run checks on your phone line to determine its condition. This will help you determine the level of internet speed you can realistically expect at your new address. It will also allow you to plan for any maintenance work that may need to be done on the line prior to your move.
Arrange a new modem
Many service providers have guidelines around which modems they recommend to get the best out of their service. However, having a new modem for when you move in will allow you to run any tests needed during the setup process with more accuracy.
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