Download TV show in 16 seconds: Simulator compares plans

IMAGINE being able to download a high definition TV episode in 16 seconds.

How about uploading a 200 megabyte video clip to YouTube in four seconds?

What about uploading 100 high resolution photos on Facebook in 20 seconds?

That's what the national broadband network will deliver under Labor's plan, according to a website set up by a 'Liberal voter' who thinks the Coalition's plan is second rate.

And judging by the response, it's a site that Opposition Communication spokesman Malcolm Turnbull will be hearing a lot more about.

Already it has had 32,000 likes on Facebook and 3852 Tweets.

The clever site simulates how long different internet activities take under Labor's plan versus the Coalition.

Brisbane PhD student James Brotchie told he built the website (, because he didn't think the Labor government was selling the NBN properly to everyday Australians.

He said both parties had failed to demonstrate the real, everyday benefits of decent broadband.

Using Labor's NBN, uploading 100 10mb photos to Facebook takes 20 seconds.

The Coalition's plan takes 27 minutes and 18 seconds.

Downloading a one-hour high definition Game of Thrones TV episode from iTunes would take 16 seconds on the NBN, or 10 minutes and 55 seconds on the Coalition's plan.

A PhD student's website compares Labor and the Coalition on broadband.
A PhD student's website compares Labor and the Coalition on broadband.

Uploading a short video to YouTube would take 4 seconds under Labor's plan, and five minutes and 20 seconds under the Coalition's plan.

Mr Brotchie said he based his calculations on the assumptions that the upload and download speeds were 1000Mbps download and 400Mbps upload for Labor's NBN and 25Mbps download and 5Mbps upload for the Coalition's proposal.

Of course, in reality, downloads and uploads are dependent on the speed of the connection of website from which the file is being uploaded or downloaded, the processing power of the computer used and whether the computer is on a wired or wireless connection.

Like many Mr Brotchie has particularly criticised the Coalition's reliance on the old copper network versus optic fibre.

Upgrading the speed of the NBN is simply a matter of replacing the equipment at each end of the fibre. Speeds exceeding 40,000 Mbps have already been demonstrated in research laboratories using the same type of fibre as in the NBN.

Your internet connection speed to the coalition's NBN is dependent on the distance of your house to the nearest node, the quality of your existing telephone line, and the quality of your home's internal copper wiring.

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