Best Broadband Plans for Gaming 2020

Best Broadband Plans for Gamers
Monday, September 28, 2020

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. 

Provider Average Download Rate
MyRepublic 61.6 Mbps
Vocus Communications 60 Mbps
2degrees Broadband 47.7 Mbps
TrustPower 44.8 Mbps
Vodafone New Zealand 41 Mbps
Devoli 40.7 Mbps

Spark New Zealand

39 Mbps

2degrees Mobile

37.9 Mbps
Voyager Internet              33.1 Mbps
Slingshot 13.5 Mbps

Source 28 September 2020

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Terms and conditions

  • Offer is available to new customers only.
  • A minimum 12-month contract applies. Early Termination fee of $250 applies.
  • This offer is not available in conjunction with any other offer.
  • The promotion is valid for a limited time only and is subject to change by Orcon without notice.
  • Free Modem Rental with a one-off $14.95 delivery charge or Bring your own device (BYOD) and get a one-off $25 credit
  • An extra 10% discount applies for Power and Broadband Bundles. The 10% discount is applied after all other offers. 

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12 months

Included features

Family filter / Rental router

Terms and conditions

  • This promotion can’t be used in conjunction with any other Stuff Fibre promotion.
  • This offer is only available to new customers to Stuff Fibre who sign up from 06 January 2020 on a 12 month contract term.
  • If you sign up for a 12 month contract term you will receive your first 4 months of Fibre base services for $47.48 per month, then $94.95 per month
  • Additional fees for other services such as Voice and shipping are excluded from the offer, and you will be charged in full for these services.
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  • Router delivery fee of $14.95 applies.
  • You will be eligible to receive the Loyalty Discount available at the date you sign up.
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Contract options

12 months

Included features

Rental router / Mobile

Terms and conditions

  • ​Limited time only. New customers only on a 12 month Unlimited Broadband plan & a Pay Monthly mobile plan.
  • Early exit fee of up to $199 will apply on a pro-rated basis if you leave within 12 months.
  • $96 offer: $106 (Ultimate Unlimited Plan price) - $10 (Pay Monthly bundle discount) = $96/month for 12 months
  • Mobile fees extra.
  • Discounts may not be applied until your second bill.
  • Joining Credit: For new customer only & repayable if leaving / downgrading in the first 12 months.
  • Free Wireless Extender: available for new customers signing up on a 12-month term to the Ultimate Unlimited Broadband Plan.
  • Free Wireless Extender is only available if you pick the 2degrees modem option and not available for BYO Modem. For more information click here.
  • Free Wireless Extender offer expires 07/04/2021
  • $15 rental modem S&H & non-standard installation fees apply.
  • Discounts not transferable, exchangeable or redeemable for cash.
  • 2degrees may amend or cancel this offer at any time.

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Amazon Prime Video on 2degrees for 12 months: 

  • Valid for 12 months after date of activation (currently up to $8.99/month value). 
  • Offer subject to change.  
  • Prime Video offer must be activated within 30 days of the customer receiving the activation link email. 
  • After 12 months, standard charge for Prime Video of $8.99 per month will apply. 
  • 12 month term and Unlimited Broadband required to be eligible. 
  • Amazon, Prime Video, and all related logos and motion marks are trademarks of Amazon.com Inc.

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Full plan details

Contract options

12 months

Included features

Rental router

Terms and conditions

  • Limited time only. Exclusive offer for the new customers only on a 12 month Unlimited Broadband plan
  • Early exit fee of up to $199 will apply on a pro-rated basis if you leave within 12 months.
  • Joining Credit: For new customer only & repayable if leaving / downgrading in the first 12 months.
  • Free Wireless Extender: available for new customers signing up on a 12-month term to the Ultimate Unlimited Broadband Plan.
  • Free Wireless Extender is only available if you pick the 2degrees modem option and not available for BYO Modem. For more information click here.
  • Free Wireless Extender offer expires 07/04/2021
  • $15 rental modem S&H & non-standard installation fees apply.
  • Discounts not transferable, exchangeable or redeemable for cash.
  • 2degrees may amend or cancel this offer at any time.

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Amazon Prime Video on 2degrees for 12 months: 

  • Valid for 12 months after date of activation (currently up to $8.99/month value). 
  • Offer subject to change.  
  • Prime Video offer must be activated within 30 days of the customer receiving the activation link email. 
  • After 12 months, standard charge for Prime Video of $8.99 per month will apply. 
  • 12 month term and Unlimited Broadband required to be eligible. 
  • Amazon, Prime Video, and all related logos and motion marks are trademarks of Amazon.com Inc.

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