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.
The NBN providers with some of fastest advertised “typical evening speeds” for their NBN 100 plans are as follows:
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.
The NBN providers with some of the fastest advertised “typical evening speeds” for their NBN 50 plans are as follows:
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.
Last modified on 11 January 2019 3:25 pm