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REVEALED: The fastest NBN plans in Australia

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When it comes to the NBN, not all plans and providers are equal. Despite standardised speed tiers, the download speeds you get can largely depend on who you sign up with.

For example, an NBN 100 plan on Telstra won’t necessarily be the same speed as an NBN 100 plan on Optus, even though they’re technically the same product. The manner in which NBN providers buy network capacity from NBN Co means there can be quite a bit of a variance in download speeds from one provider to another.

Especially when it comes to peak hours when everyone jumps online at once.

Much in the same way traffic grinds to a halt during peak hours, NBN connections can too — for pretty much the same reason. If your NBN provider doesn’t have enough bandwidth, you might notice slower internet during these busy periods.

However, thanks to the ACCC, NBN suppliers are now disclosing the speeds you can reasonably expect to achieve between the peak hours of 7pm and 11pm. These are typically referred to as “evening speeds”. In most cases, we’ve seen one of two responses from a provider. Some are publishing seemingly accurate speed data for each NBN tier, which others are sticking with the minimum spec as laid out by the ACCC.

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

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

The NBN providers with some of the fastest advertised typical evening speeds for NBN 100 plans are:

    Telstra: Typical evening speed of 92.27Mbps
    Aussie Broadband: Typical evening speed of 90Mbps
    Mate Communicate: Typical evening speed of 90Mbps
    Exetel: Typical evening speed of 83Mbps
    iiNet: Typical evening speed of 80.4Mbps
    Optus: Typical evening speed of 80.4Mbps
    Southern Phone: Typical evening speed of 80Mbps
    Vodafone: Typical evening speed of 80Mbps

Fast NBN 100 plans

And here’s the pricing for their unlimited plans:

Vodafone is your cheapest option for a fast NBN 100 plan, and you can get a further $10 per month discount if you’re a Vodafone mobile customer. Optus also offer its mobile customers $10 off broadband plans.

Telstra doesn’t sell NBN 100 plans as a standalone product. Instead, you’ll need to sign up for a Telstra NBN 50 plan (such as above) and pay an extra $30 per month for a speed boost. If you do decide to go with Telstra, you’ll also get a free Google Home Mini.

Fast NBN 50 plans

The NBN providers with some of the fastest advertised typical evening speeds for NBN 50 plans are:

Telstra: Typical evening speed of 46.29Mbps
Southern Phone: Typical evening speed of 46Mbps
Optus: Typical evening speed of 45.4Mbps
Aussie Broadband: Typical evening speed of 45Mbps
Mate Communicate: Typical evening speeds of 45Mbps
iiNet: Typical evening speed of 44.5Mbps
TPG: Typical evening speed of 44.5Mbps
Sumo: Typical evening speeds of 44Mbps

And here’s the pricing for their unlimited plans:

In terms of promotions, Optus also offers the $10 per month discount to mobile customers taking up NBN 50 plans, bringing down its price to $65 per month.

Sumo will give you a cheaper rate for your first six months, but since the plan is no-contract, you can always leave after your discount runs out. If you want to stick with Sumo after, you’ll pay $80 per month, or $75 if also swap to Sumo as your electricity provider.

If you’re also looking to change mobile provider, TPG offers new customers three free months of a TPG mobile service if you commit to an 18-month contract.

Alex Choros is Associate Editor at WhistleOut, Australia’s phone and internet comparison website.

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