+ Wednesday March 27th, 2019

The NBN is a complex beast. Not all NBN providers and equal, and the download speeds you get heavily depend on who you sign up with.

An NBN 100 plan on one provider, say Telstra, won’t be identical to an NBN 100 plan on Optus, even though they’re technically the same product. The way NBN providers buy capacity from NBN Co means there can be quite a bit of variance in peak hour speeds from one provider to another. But thanks to the ACCC, NBN providers are now revealing the NBN speeds you can realistically expect to get with them, not just the speed tier you’re connecting on.

To help you find an NBN plan that’s genuinely fast, all the time, we’ve done the leg work and put together a list of the fastest NBN 100 and NBN 50 plans based on the evening speeds providers have disclosed.

NBN 100

The NBN providers with some of fastest advertised “typical evening speeds” for their NBN 100 plans are as follows:

  • Telstra: Typical evening speed of 92.64Mbps
  • Aussie Broadband: Typical evening speed of 90Mbps
  • Vodafone: Typical evening speeds of 83Mbps
  • Exetel: Typical evening speed of 83Mbps
  • iiNet: Typical evening speed of 80.4Mbps
  • Internode: Typical evening speed of 80.5Mbps
  • Optus: Typical evening speed of 80Mbps

And here’s the pricing you’re looking at for an unlimited NBN 100 plan from one of these providers:

Telstra doesn’t technically sell any NBN 100 plans, hence the separate widget. If you want NBN 100 speeds on Telstra, you’ll need to buy an NBN 50 plan and pay an additional $30 per month for a speed boost.

If you are keen to go with Telstra, the good news is it’s waiving the usual $240 setup fee on month-to-month plans up until February 25.

NBN 50

The NBN providers with some of the fastest advertised “typical evening speeds” for their NBN 50 plans are as follows:

  • Dodo: Typical evening speed of 47Mbps
  • Telstra: Typical evening speed of 46.43Mbps
  • Optus: Typical evening speed of 45.4Mbps
  • Aussie Broadband: Typical evening speed of 45Mbps
  • Vodafone: Typical evening speed of 45Mbps
  • iiNet: Typical evening speed of 44.5Mbps
  • TPG: Typical evening speed of 44.5Mbps
  • Internode: Typical evening speed of 44.1Mbps
  • Exetel: Typical evening speed of 43Mbps

And here’s the pricing you’re looking at for an unlimited NBN 50 plan from one of these:

When it comes to plans with high evening speeds, pricing is now quite similar. You’re typically looking at around $90 to $100 per month for an unlimited NBN 100 plan, or $70 to $80 per month for an unlimited NBN 50 plan.

Telstra is the main exception to this, but you always pay a slight premium for Telstra. It’s just the way of the world.

The main differences between high speed NBN plans now relate to setup fees and contract length. In most cases we’d recommend a contract free plan. Aussie Broadband and Vodafone are both good choices if you want no-commitment NBN.

Vodafone has some of the cheapest reliably high speed NBN plans around, but if you’re okay with signing a contract, Exetel’s NBN 50 plan is the cheapest option here.

If you’re after the fastest speeds possible, Telstra and Aussie Broadband are easily the zippiest NBN providers based on typical NBN 100 speeds during peak hours.

It’s also important to understand the “typical evening speeds” disclosed by NBN providers are just an indication of the speeds you can reasonably expect during peak hours. There are many other factors that can affect what speeds you’re able to get. These include the technology you’re using to connect to the NBN, the hardware in your home, and abnormally high usage in your area.

Sir Alex Choros   Managing Editor at WhistleOut

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Alex is Managing Editor at WhistleOut, a mobile, internet, broadband, and everything comparison site which allows readers to compare mobile plans, broadband offerings and more to work out the best deal on offer.

He also happens to be a top bloke, and we love working with him.

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We have switched to NBN from broadband just recently. And put landline didn’t work unless it was plugged into the modem. Furthermore I did speed tests on Broadband and was getting close to 60mbps. I have done the same test on NBN and am only getting 48mbps. Under same circumstances the only difference being a new modem. Not too mention constant issues with our wireless which we didn’t have probs with before.

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Alex
While you clearly mentioned that Telstra is expensive, you failed to call out that Telstra is the only provider which offers a fixed line telephone which is not via NBN. i.e., it is not connected via the modem.
A lot of small businesses and residents with security alarms and medical devices obviously go for Telstra because of this though it’s expensive.

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