If gaming is your thing, then Lightning Broadband is the best internet provider for you.
Lightning Broadband is an Australian-owned and operated superfast ISP that isn’t affiliated with the NBN. We operate our own infrastructure and offer a range of internet plans offering speeds of up to 1 Gbps (1,00 Mbps).
But frustration-free gaming isn’t just about fast download speeds. There are other important factors influencing whether you’ll spend your gaming time blasting through levels – or left howling at the screen.
We Offer What Australian Gamers Need
Low Latency = Lag Free Gaming
Latency is the measure of time delay from one point of a network to another – it’s also sometimes referred to as “lag”. High latency means a degraded internet experience, particularly when engaging in gaming activity where it is very noticeable.
Latency is a particularly important performance metric for gamers to check before signing up for a broadband plan. As a general guideline a very good ping measurement is considered anywhere from 0-59 ms.
It’s great to have fast download speeds, but what about upload? NBN plans offer upload speeds just a fraction of the download rate. This is another aspect that sets Lightning Broadband apart from NBN internet providers and makes our service very attractive to gamers – our symmetrical speeds. This simply means our upload speeds are as fast as download rates.
Having a superfast symmetrical connection is also important if others in your household are using the internet when you are, eliminating the risk of degraded game play if family members suddenly decide to use applications such as video chat.
Contentious Contention Issues Begone!
Many Australian gamers have suffered from contention ratio related issues at times (for some, often). This is where an internet provider assigns a certain amount of resources to a certain number of users, assuming they won’t all be online at once. When the provider gets this wrong, or underestimates the resources those users require, an internet connection can slow to a crawl. The effects of this mismanagement are usually experienced of an evening.
But at Lightning Broadband, we pride ourselves on closely monitoring resources and activity to help ensure contention related issues never occur. The speeds we offer on our plans are what you can expect – all the time.
As games become more complex, their size is also increasing. A good example of this was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which was a download of more than 200 gigabytes. Even players who already had Modern Warfare needed to download up to 57 gigabytes to update.
Every serious gamer needs a broadband plan that offers unlimited data, and on this point Lightning Broadband also delivers. And when we say unlimited data, unlike some ISPs – we really mean it.
Busting The Fixed Wireless Myth
It used to be that a fixed wireless connection wasn’t the best for online gaming, but the technology has come a long way. Learn more about fixed wireless myths.
As well as fixed wireless, Lighting Broadband can also provide direct fibre connections for the very dedicated hobbyist or professional gamer – and if you happen to already be in a Lightning Broadband enabled building, our FTTB plans are sure to be of interest.
Our services work just like it says on the tin – but if you should ever run into problems, our Australia-based team is standing by to quite literally help you get back into the game as soon as possible. You’ll find some of our support team are passionate online gamers themselves!
For all these reasons and more, Lightning Broadband is the best internet service provider for gamers in Australia. Check availability in your area now or contact us to learn more.