The ACCC’s seventh report on real-world NBN speeds is out and there’s a new fastest provider in town.
Buying a fast NBN plan should be simple, but there are plenty of factors that can affect just how fast your connection is. The way providers like Telstra and Optus buy capacity from NBN Co means download speeds can vary from one telco to another. This is especially true during busy periods, like at night when everyone is trying to binge Netflix at the same time. To help you find an NBN plan that consistently delivers the speeds you’re paying for, we've done the leg-work and put together a list of some of the fastest NBN 100 plans and NBN 50 plans, based on the most recent evening speed data NBN ISPs have made public.
Five-time champion TPG has been dethroned, with Optus now claiming the title of fastest provider when it comes to real NBN world speeds. In the latest Measuring Broadband Australia report, Optus customers were found to receive 87.6% of their plan’s maximum speeds during peak hours (between 7pm and 11pm).
This puts Optus ahead of the eight other telcos featured in the report. These include Aussie Broadband, Dodo, Exetel, iiNet, iPrimus, MyRepublic, Telstra, and TPG.
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The sample for the Measuring Broadband Australia report covers 1,255 NBN connections across the nine providers in question, which isn’t huge. At the same time, it’s not a bad indication of how local telcos stack up.
What plans are available?
Here’s a look at NBN 100 plans from the providers in the ACCC report:
Telstra doesn’t have an off-the-shelf NBN 100 plan. If you want NBN 100 speeds on Telstra, you’ll need to sign up for an NBN 50 plan and then add a speed boost for another $30 per month. Telstra will only sell you an NBN 50 plan if your physical connection to the NBN is fast enough. That means you’re looking at a minimum of $120 per month for a Telstra NBN 100 plan.
Neither Dodo or iPrimus sell NBN 100 plans in any shape or form.
MyRepublic is your cheapest option if you want an NBN 100 plan from an ISP on the ACCC scoreboard. You’ll pay $79.95 per month for the first six months, and $89.95 per month thereafter. You’ll need to commit to 12-month to get this price, however.
TPG may no longer be the reigning ACCC champion, but it’s still second in terms of peak hour speeds and the second cheapest plan here (tied with Exetel). An unlimited data NBN 100 plan on TPG will set you back $89.99 per month on an 18-month contract, but you can pay a $99.95 set-up fee if you’d prefer a month-to-month plan.
Excluding Telstra, Optus is the most expensive out of this bunch, albeit by a hair: you’ll spend $100 per month to get an unlimited data Optus NBN 100 plan. You’ve got the choice of committing to a 24-month contract or paying a $200 upfront fee.
And here’s a look at NBN 50 plans from the providers in the ACCC report:
Exetel, TPG, Optus, and Dodo are on par when it comes to NBN 50 pricing; no matter which you pick, you’ll pay $70 per month. Technically you’ll pay $69.99 per month on TPG and Exetel, but that’s a difference of 12 cents across the year.
If you’re looking at no-contract plans, Exetel is the cheapest when it comes to upfront fees, followed by TPG, Optus, and then Dodo.
While Telstra is the priciest provider in this group, it’s currently offering new customers their first month free and waiving the $99 connection charge. While the plan is technically contract-free, you’ll need to pay out the pro-rated value of the included modem ($216) if you leave within your first 24 months.
Alex Choros is Managing Editor at WhistleOut, Australia's phone and internet comparison website.
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