The NBN is ~meant~ to be fast, but as you probably know, not all NBN providers are equal.

An NBN 100 plan on one telco, say Telstra, won’t necessarily be the same speed as an NBN 100 plan on Optus, even though they’re kinda the same thing. The way NBN providers buy network 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 disclosing the NBN speeds you’ll *actually* get if you sign up with them, not just the speed tier you’re connecting on.

Well, to be honest, some simply disclosing the minimum speed as laid out by the ACCC, which is significantly lower than providers who are putting in the effort to put ensure you still get great speeds during peak hours. We prefer to the focus on the good, so we’re going to go through the NBN providers with the fasted evening speeds.

Before we continue, it’s important to understand the “typical evening speeds” provided by NBN providers are just an indication of the speeds you can reasonably expect during peak hours. There’s a myriad of 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.


  • NBN 100: 90.41Mbps during peak hours
  • NBN 50: 45.37Mbps during peak hours
  • NBN 25: 23.1Mbps during peak hours

Telstra is currently top dog when it comes to NBN evening speeds, albeit by a narrow margin. While you certainly pay for the privilege, it’s good to know that Australia’s biggest telco is delivering a premium service to match its premium price tags.

Aussie Broadband

  • NBN 100: 90Mbps during peak hours
  • NBN 50: 45Mbps during peak hours
  • NBN 25: 23Mbps during peak hours

Aussie Broadband is an NBN provider that seems to pride itself on doing a great job, promising congestion free NBN. In addition to some of the best evening speeds around, all of Aussie Broadband’s NBN plans are contract-free with no setup fees (unless you need a modem). You’re also able to build your own plan, picking from over 15 different data allowance options. This can be a great way to save money if you know exactly how much data you use each month.

Aussie Broadband is currently the only provider to public CVC capacity graphs for each NBN Point of Internet connection, which means you can get a more accurate idea of what speeds in your area will be like.


  • NBN 100: 81.2Mbps during peak hours
  • NBN 50: 43.65Mbps during peak hours
  • NBN 12: 9.29Mbps during peak hours

Optus’ NBN 100 evening speeds don’t quite match the best of the best, but you’ll get more than respectable NBN 50 performance. And if you’re an Optus mobile customer, you’re also eligible for a $10 per month discount on Optus broadband plans.


  • NBN 100: 80.5Mbps during peak hours
  • NBN 50: 43.6Mbps during peak hours
  • NBN 12: 10.4Mbps during peak hours
  • Internode is arguable one of the more trusted names in Australia telco, and has long been a favourite of the enthusiast crowd. The company’s positive reputation eventually led to it being acquired by iiNet, who in turn was acquired by TPG in 2015. While Internode might have new corporate masters, it’s still winning customer satisfaction awards AND delivering pretty good NBN evening speeds.


  • NBN 100: 80.2Mbps during peak hours
  • NBN 50: 46Mbps during peak hours
  • NBN 12: 11Mbps during peak hours

TPG might be considered a discount brand, but its NBN speeds are anything but budget. You might not get peak hour NBN 100 speeds as fast as Aussie Broadband or Telstra, but TPG currently reports the fastest NBN 50 evening speeds around.


  • NBN 100: 78.5Mbps during peak hours
  • NBN 50: 46Mbps during peak hours
  • NBN 12: 9.6Mbps during peak hours

As TPG’s stablemate, it’s not surprising to see that iiNet’s evening speeds are pretty similar. While TPG currently reports faster NBN 100 and NBN 12 speeds, iiNet matches it on NBN 50 for the fastest evening speeds around for the tier.


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    Aussie BB are amazing. When setting up my business I had massive issues with Telstra and the tenant next door. I got through to Australian tech support within a few seconds to minutes and was quickly escalated to people I would have no chance of talking to with most other ISP’s. If not for this, I would have gone crazy with all the dramas. In comparison, Telstra had me restart my connection 3 times over a period of several months which led me to being no closer to ever getting connected while trying to run a business from a tethered… Read more »


    I’m on Internode 100 and have never seen it drop below 93Mb/s certainly not down to the 80 listed here.

    Dicky See

    We’ve just had nbn made available at our place. With TPG ADSL at the moment I max out at ~320kbs. Am I better off just upgrading to NBN and sticking with TPG? I’m having a read of the article and still can’t decide between them.


    I eagerly await NBN at our home. But when it comes, I will be jumping onboard immediately. Currently on ADSL1 through Foxtel (Telstra) at 800kbps. May I suggest Aussie Broadband? They are the only ones I know that actively manages their contention ratio so performance will be quite good.

    Besides, NBN is compulsory (copper will be disconnected unless used by NBN) so why not jump onboard when available.

    Dicky See

    Looking at Aussie Broadband now, for the equivalent TPG plan, Aussie are $10 dearer a month which isn’t a problem.


    I am with ABB and I love them, no issues from them at all.
    Only issues I have had is when the NBN sends out squirrels work in the pits, they’re a bit too happy with the wire cutters.

    They have disconnected me several times when my internet was working fine


    fingers crossed you luck out in the NBN lottery …
    Give TPG a call, see if you can use your ‘loyalty” with them to get them to waive the setup cost, this way you are not locked in.
    If you find that they don’t deliver you are free to change (problem is that any speed increase for you is probably going to be christmas) … then try Aussie Broadband out (as no lock in either).
    Freedom to chop and change is what the NBN should provide