Melburnians are lucky to have plenty of options when it comes to choosing a broadband provider. From high speed 5G networks to the nbn™, ADSL and mobile/internet bundles, we are really spoiled for choice when it comes to getting high quality internet in the home or business.

But how do we choose the right Melbourne internet provider with so many options? We want the best internet service as much of our work and leisure time is spent online, so how do we choose a package that best suits our needs?

Here are five tips on deciding which internet provider is right for you.

Deciding on nbn™? Or should I go for something even faster?

The National Broadband Network (nbn™) is finally more accessible after a more-than-sluggish rollout. So now that it’s here, you have to decide whether you actually need the service or not? While the speeds of the nbn™ do reach anywhere from 12Mbps through to 100Mbps, this is actually behind Australia’s newest internet addition, 5G networks.

5G networks offer incredible speeds of over a gigabit, making it the fastest internet provider in Australia and a much faster option than the nbn™. While the nbn™ may have been good for some time, it’s slow rollout has made it susceptible to being surpassed by technology like that of 5G, which is already becoming incredibly popular for business and homeowners looking for faster download/upload speeds at good prices.

So, is speed that important to me?

Going on from the question of whether you use the nbn™, 5G network, ADSL or something different, how important is speed to you? Internet Service Providers (ISPs) offer a range of plans from 12Mbps through to a gigabit, and it all comes down to how important speed is to your usage.

For example, you might just want to use the internet for basic browsing: checking emails, reading the news, watching some Netflix in the evening – in which case you would only need something around 12 – 25Mbps.

Conversely, if you require a lot of download speed for things like consistent streaming and gaming, as well as large amounts of work, something like the 5G network, with its capacity for over a gigabit of speed, might be right for you.

Do you need a lot of data?

Once again, this comes down to how much you actually plan on using the internet. People are starting to work from home a lot more now, and it looks like it might become the norm for many businesses, in which case you might require more data to ensure you won’t surpass your cap.

The same goes for things like streaming and gaming – these functionalities can add up and make you exceed your data cap, so it’s a good idea to choose a plan that is going to provide you with enough data to do the things you want to do without any trouble.

Is it a good price?

You don’t want to get locked into a contract with a plan that doesn’t reflect your usage needs. For example, if you love gaming and want to spend a lot of time doing it, the last thing you want to do is get locked into a contract with only a small amount of data and low download speeds.

Choose a plan that truly reflects what you need and what you are willing to pay for your internet. This might take a bit of research, but it is totally worth it when you realise you are paying a good amount for the right service.