5 of the top NBN providers
No matter what sort of internet user you are, there are a range of broadband plan options available, and with different speeds too. Maximum speeds currently sit at 12, 25, 50, 100, 250 and 1000 Megabits per second (Mbps).
However, note the use of the word maximum …
The truth is, while service providers might advertise their NBN speed as 100 when you buy a plan, it’s likely that you won’t receive that speed. This is particularly true during busy hours between 7pm and 11pm. Time to do some research.
Which NBN provider offers the fastest internet?
There are a handful of NBN providers that offer solid connections across all and busy hours, according to the ACCC’s quarterly Measuring Broadband Australia Report.
This report collected measurements over the month of December 2020 and made NBN fixed line services the main focus.
Here are the top five providers, in relation to download and upload speeds as a percentage of a Retail Service Providers advertised plan speed.
What NBN plans are available?
Not all NBN RSPs have the same broadband plan options, with some offering products with low and high speed, and others offering capped or unlimited data.
Have a look at some of the best NBN plans as crowned in the 2021 Mozo Experts Choice Awards. Then, check out what’s available from TPG, Optus, Telstra, iiNet and Aussie Broadband:
TPG NBN plans:
Currently, TPG has a bunch of NBN plan options with the choice of a 6-month plan or no lock-in contract. Here are some offers that come with unlimited data:
Optus NBN plans:
Optus also has a range of NBN options, all of which are month-to-month plans.
Telstra NBN plans:
While it may be one of Australia’s largest internet and phone providers, Telstra has fewer options on offer when it comes to NBN plans. All Telstra broadband plans have the option of a no lock-in contract.
iiNet NBN plans:
iiNet currently has many NBN plan options, and offers high-speed internet with its Superfast and Ultrafast products. Keep in mind, the Superfast and Ultrafast options are only available for FTTP and HFC connections and can only be on a no lock-in contract. Here's some of what's on offer:
Aussie Broadband NBN plans:
With Aussie Broadband, there is the choice of a number of NBN plans, with speeds going up to Ultrafast. There is also the option to build your own plan, which the provider will create customary to your needs. If you are looking for this option it’s a good idea to get in touch with the provider directly.
It’s important to note that there may be additional costs when you sign up for NBN with a particular RSP. These could include a start-up fee, modem cost, booster cost, connection fee etc. So, make sure you are fully across these fees before you sign up.
You may also be able to bundle your NBN service with a mobile phone plan, which may work out cheaper than doing it separately.
Want to find out more about the NBN? Head over to our NBN hub for a tonne of info!