The ACCC recently released its fifth report on real-world NBN speeds, and the results weren’t too shabby. Download speeds generally increased when compared to last quarter’s report, including during peak usage hours of 7pm - 11pm. The report’s sample is large enough to provide speed data about nine major ISPs: Aussie Broadband, Dodo, Exetel, iiNet, iPrimus, MyRepublic, Optus, Telstra, and TPG.
TPG came out on top this time around: its customers were found to receive 88% of their plan's maximum speeds during busy periods, putting the telco ahead of Aussie Broadband, Telstra, Optus, and more.
Here are the full results:
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While this data is a good indication of how ISPs perform, the ACCC speed testing program sample only encompassed 940 households. There’s almost certainly a margin of error when it comes to this data, but at the same time, it’s better than nothing.
Here’s a look at NBN 100 plans from the providers in the ACCC report:
MyRepublic is currently the cheapest when it comes to NBN 100 plans here. You’ll pay $79.95 per month for the first 12 months, and $89.95 per month thereafter. The plan is offered on a no-contract basis, so you can always leave when the discount runs out. However, $89.95 per month is still in with the other plans from ISPs in this short list.
And here’s a look at NBN 50 plans from the providers in the ACCC report:
Exetel is the cheapest option when looking at the NBN 50 plans here. You’ll pay $59.99 per month for unlimited data on a 12-month contract. That works out to be at least $10 per month cheaper than any other provider covered by the ACCC report, even when you consider promos.
It’s also worth noting that Telstra doesn’t sell an NBN 100 plan. If you want NBN 100 speeds on Telstra, you’ll need to take up an NBN 50 plan first. If your physical connection is fast enough, you’ll be able to upgrade to NBN 100 for an extra $30 per month. Dodo and iPrimus don’t sell NBN 100 plans either, and don’t have any options for upgrading.
Alex Choros is Managing Editor at WhistleOut, Australia's phone and internet comparison website.
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