The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission released its second report on real-world NBN speeds last week, and the results aren’t bad. Well, they are for the 7.4% of customers only receiving half the speed they’re paying for. But there is good news: some ISPs are doing a pretty good job of ensuring their subscribers get close to their maximum speed consistently.
The sample in the report is now large enough to provide concrete peak hour speed information about six major ISPs: Aussie Broadband, iiNet, MyRepublic, Optus, Telstra, and TPG.
Aussie Broadband came out on top, delivering peak hour speeds of 88.3% of its plan maximums, with TPG following at 85.6%. iiNet and Optus customers both got about 83% of their maximum speeds during busy periods, with Telstra and MyRepublic coming up the rear with 79.9% and 74.4%, respectively.
It’s worth noting that the ACCC’s speed testing program is still in early days, and as such, the sample size isn’t as large as it could be. At the same time, it’s not a bad place to start when comparing NBN plans.
Here’s how these providers measure up when it comes to NBN 100 plans:
And here’s how they look when it comes to NBN 50 plans:
Note that Telstra doesn’t sell directly sell an NBN 100 plan. To get NBN 100 speeds on Telstra you’ll need to sign-up for a NBN 50 plan, and if your line is fast enough, you can upgrade to NBN 100 for an extra $30 per month.
And if you want to compare, here’s a couple of extra NBN 100 plans from smaller providers not currently included in the ACCC’s report: