Best Broadband Plans for Gaming 2020

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Almost all gaming devices these days are connected to the internet – whether you’re on Playstation, Xbox, PC or other device.

If you are serious about gaming, then you know how frustrating a standard broadband plan can be. Whether you play online for fun or competitively latency and packet loss can greatly influence your gaming performance.

At Broadband Compare we are all about helping you make an informed choice about the best broadband plans for gamers. There are lots of broadband providers, but which is the best for gaming?

Top factors to consider when choosing a Broadband Plan for gaming

Speed is just one factor to consider when choosing a broadband plan for gaming. Other key factors to consider when optimising your online gaming experience include download speed, upload speed, and lag:

  • Download and upload speeds refer to how quickly your internet connection can transfer information to and from your device.
  • Lag is a vital element when it comes to a good gaming experience. Your lag is determined by ping and latency. Latency is the time it takes for data packets to reach your device from a server. Ping is the time it takes a data packet to leave your device, reach a server, and return (as measured in milliseconds). Ideally you need a ping rate that is below 100 to 150. Both are hugely important for gaming because of the real-time communication aspect.

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STEAM DOWNLOAD STATS

Steam is the ultimate destination for playing, discussing, and creating games. They constantly monitor the average download speed for each country. In the last 7 days, New Zealanders downloaded through STEAM a total amount of 1.3 PB (Petabytes) at an average speed 43.1 Mbps. It's just 0.3% of global Steam Traffic.

Steam performance statistics are a great source of information when choosing a new broadband provider. The #1 performing provider in NZ for average download rate is MyRepublic at 61.6Mbps. Vocus Communications, 2degrees and Trustpower all perform well above average. 

ProviderAverage Download Rate
MyRepublic61.6 Mbps
Vocus Communications60 Mbps
2degrees Broadband47.7 Mbps
TrustPower44.8 Mbps
Vodafone New Zealand41 Mbps
Devoli40.7 Mbps

Spark New Zealand

39 Mbps

2degrees Mobile

37.9 Mbps
Voyager Internet             33.1 Mbps
Slingshot13.5 Mbps

Source 28 September 2020

NZ Compare’s Top Broadband Plans for Gamers

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