Find why you're not getting the required internet speeds you think you should be getting. Find out about internet speeds for your broadband connection.
Test your speed
Measure the download and upload speeds of your internet by taking this test. You'll need to download Adobe Flash to run the test, if you don't have it installed already. Download now
For best results:
- Close all apps.
- If you have a wireless router, make sure you're connected using an ethernet cable.
- Only have one computer, tablet or mobile connected to the internet when doing a speed test.
- Choose your nearest location, eg, Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch.
- Repeat the test a couple of times to get an average speed.
- Fibre MAX: Up to 900Mbps for downloading and 400Mbps for uploading.
- Fibre 200: Up to 200Mbps for downloading and 20Mbps for uploading.
- Fibre 100: Up to 100Mbps for downloading and 20Mbps for uploading.
- FibreBASIC: Up to 30Mbps or 50Mbps for downloading and 10Mbps for uploading.*
- VDSL: Between 15–100Mbps when downloading and 5–20Mbps for uploading.
- ADSL: Between 5–24Mbps when downloading and 0.12–1.0Mbps for uploading.
* FibreBASIC has a different speed depending on your Local Fibre Company. Addresses in Whangarei, Hamilton, Whanganui, New Plymouth, Tokoroa, Hawera, Cambridge, Te Awamutu, Tauranga and Christchurch will have a Fibre service with the ability to deliver speeds up to 30mbps downstream and 10mbps upstream. The rest of NZ will have a service able to deliver up to 50Mbps downstream and 10Mbps upstream.
What affects broadband speed
- Actual speeds differ due to networks, and the computer or modem you're using. Your home wiring can also impact internet speed.
- Speeds vary based on how many people are on the network at the same time, both in your house and in general. Your distance from your nearest internet server would also impact the internet speed.
- Connecting straight to your modem using ethernet wiring provides the fastest connection speed.
What affects WiFi speed
- The age of your modem. Older modems could reduce your WiFi speed. That said, WiFi is not always improved by the quality or the cost of your modem.
- Your internet connection speed. WiFi can't run faster than the speed your modem gets data from the internet.
- The number of devices you have connected. If you've got an ADSL connection, your WiFi speed can slow down when several devices are online at the same time.
Tips for fast broadband
- Use a high-spec modem and a high-spec laptop or computer.
- Keep your browser up to date.
- Make sure you're using up-to-date antivirus software. Viruses can slow your internet down.
- Check your data usage. You may go back to dial-up speed for the rest of your billing month if you reach your monthly data allowance.
- If the broadband seems slow, reset the modem by turning it off for a couple of minutes, then turning it on again.
Find out more
Select play on the video to learn about resetting your modem and checking your cables.
If you’re not happy with the internet speed you’re getting, call us on 0800 22 55 98.