If you’re looking for a fast NBN plan, you’ve got a few ways to gauge performance. Providers self-report evening speeds, the ACCC has a quarterly report, or you could check out what Netflix has to say.
Each month, Netflix releases a speed index report comparing prime time streaming performance across some of Australia's largest internet providers. Here's what it had to say this time around.
Rather than looking at overall internet speeds, the leaderboard tracks how these telcos perform when everyone is binging Netflix during the busiest hours of the day. This, however, is still a pretty decent proxy for working out which providers are doing a good job in general.
Netflix recently published results for September, but before we look at the data, it's worth pointing out that some providers have separate rankings for NBN performance and non-NBN performance. Other telcos have had their NBN and ADSL speeds aggregated into a single result.
Here are the full results from September:
And here's a look at some plans from these providers:
NBN 100 plans with unlimited data
Telstra doesn't have an NBN 100 plan in its standard range, so we’ve included a separate table with its NBN 50 option instead. To get NBN 100 speeds on Big T, you’ll need to sign up for an NBN 50 plan and pay an extra $30 per month.
That means an NBN 100 plan on Telstra will set you back a total of $120 per month.
For comparison Optus, which is right behind Telstra in the latest Netflix Speed Index, will charge you $100 per month. Aussie Broadband follows by a hair in both the index and pricing, at $99 per month. However, Optus plans are sold on a 24-month contract or contract-free with a $200 setup fee, while Aussie Broadband plans are all contract-free with no setup fees.
If price is your primary concern, MyRepublic has the cheapest NBN 100 plan out of this bunch thanks to a WhistleOut exclusive promo. You'll pay $79.95 per month for the first six months, and then $89.95 per month thereafter. However, this plan does require you to commit to a year-long contract.
NBN 50 plans with unlimited data
When it comes to NBN 50 plans, TPG has one of the cheapest options here at $69.99 per month. TPG may come in at fifth place on the Netflix leaderboard, but the ACCC has consistently found TPG to be the fastest NBN provider across the last couple of quarters of its Measuring Broadband speed test program. If you’re keen to go with TPG, you’ve got the choice of committing to an 18-month contract or paying $119.95 upfront to avoid getting locked in.
Exetel’s no-contract NBN 50 plan is available at the same $69.99 per month price, but the setup fee is a little cheaper. You’ll pay $79 upfront, versus $119.95 on TPG.
Speed leader Telstra is unsurprisingly the priciest at $90 per month, while most other plan options from providers on the Netflix index sit between $70 and $80 per month.
Alex Choros is Managing Editor at WhistleOut, Australia's phone and internet comparison website.
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