TECHNOLOGY SPECTATOR: The need for NBN speed

Ten years ago many people thought 50kbps was 'enough'. So why are today's digital leaders being forced to justify their support of the NBN?

Technology Spectator

The outlook for broadband speeds and connection quality in Australia is bleak wrote Paul Budde this week. Ageing copper networks and add-on services aren’t helping, he says, and you can expect the situation to get worse before it gets better.

It’s frustrating for anyone looking for answers from their telco, but new data from Google shows speed is an issue for the broader business community as well.

Google says if search results are slowed by even a fraction of a second, people search less – a 400 millisecond delay leads to a 0.44 per cent drop in search volume.

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