Choosing the Right NBN Speed for Your Needs

  • What NBN Spees Can I Get?
  • What Is The Fastest NBN Speed Tier?
  • What Does Mbps Mean?

NBN Speed Tiers

The National Broadband Network offers six different speed tiers to its subscribers — the NBN12, NBN25, NBN50, NBN100, NBN250, and NBN1000. All of them provide varying standard speeds and evening speeds to consumers, which affect the rates in which they are offered by telcos.

Most service providers in the industry offer these speed tiers, except for the NBN1000. This particular connection speed is relatively new and has not been fully explored by companies, hence the limited accessibility. In this article, we will focus on the five other NBN speed tiers that are available to most subscribers in Australia.

Mbps Defined

Mbps stands for “megabits per second”. It is the metric used to measure the speed of data transmission from the main network to the user. The higher the Mbps, the faster the connection is. It is not to be confused with MBps (with a capital letter B), which stands for “megabytes per second.”

The number of Mbps also determines the number of tasks that your internet connection can handle simultaneously without affecting its speed and performance. The lower the Mbps, the fewer tasks you can do online at the same time.

Depending on your online activities and the number of people connecting to the network in your household, you need to be careful in choosing which plan

The Best NBN50 (Standard) Plan: iiNet

When it comes to NBN50 standard plans with a speedy connection, you will never go wrong with iiNet’s NBN50 plan. For $74.99 per month, it comes with unlimited data and typical evening speeds of 46.7Mbps. That’s just a tad slower than the average speed during off-peak hours, making it a great bargain for its price.

The bundle also includes PAYG calls to local numbers in Australia without additional charges to your monthly bill. Since it’s only an NBN50 connection, this plan is ideal for 2 to 4 people to ensure that everyone gets a fair share of connection with decent speeds.

Runners-up: Westnet and TPG

For the same monthly rate of $74.99 per month, unlimited data, and typical evening speeds of 46.7Mbps, Westnet offers its NBN50 Unlimited plan to customers. It's only disadvantage would be the accessibility to subscribers.

If you want something that’s more accessible and affordable than the two, TPG’s NBN50 SL Bundle is your best option. At $64.99 per month, you can enjoy unlimited data and typical evening speeds of 46Mbps. However, the plan is offered with a Wi-Fi modem for which you will have to pay an upfront fee of $129.95.

The Best NBN100 (Fast) Plan: Superloop

If fast internet is what you truly need, Superloop’s Unlimited NBN 100/20 plan could be the one for you. It costs $79.95 per month for the first six months and goes up to $89.95 in the succeeding months.

The bundle comes with unlimited data with typical evening speeds of 90Mbps. It’s also a no lock-in contract and there’s no need to pay for sign-up fees. Plus, you are eligible to change your data plan and speed tier once per month. This plan is great for big households or those who regularly download and upload large files.

Runners-up: Telstra and Aussie Broadband

For something that’s more readily available, you can try the Premium Speed + Unlimited Data plan from Telstra. It costs $110 per month for unlimited data and typical evening speeds of 88Mbps, but only if you have an FTTP and HFC connection. It’s a no-contract term but if you sign up for a 24-month contract, you can get the Smart Modem without extra charges.

Aussie Broadband also has the 100/40 Unlimited - Build Your Own NBN plan for $99 a month. You can enjoy unlimited data with typical evening speeds of 86Mbps, as well as the company’s highly raved about all-Australian technical support.

For A Superfast Connection: Aussie Broadband

Let’s say 100Mbps is still not fast enough for your online activities. Of course, there’s no better way than going for the Superfast NBN250 plans. The best in this segment is Aussie Broadband with its 250/25 Unlimited - Power User NBN plan.

For $129 a month, you get unlimited data and typical evening speeds of 215Mbps if you have HFC and FTTP connections. It’s a no lock-in contract but you will have to bring your own modem.

Runners-up: Superloop and MyRepublic

If Aussie Broadband is not the best option in your location, Superloop’s Unlimited NBN 250/25 plan might be. You will be charged $119 per month for the first six months and in exchange, you get unlimited data with typical evening speeds of 215Mbps. Again, these speeds are only applicable for subscribers with FTTP and HFC connections.

Or you can also opt for the MyRepublic Unlimited NBN Superfast Flexi plan. It’s cheaper at $109 per month and also comes with unlimited data. However, typical evening speeds average only 150Mbps for those with FTTP connections.

The Best NBN12 (Basic I) Plan: TPG

If you don’t much need for speed or you only need the internet for some light browsing you might find the TPG NBN12 SL Bundle most ideal. It only costs $59.99 per month and you get to enjoy unlimited data with typical evening speeds of 11.2Mbps. It’s not too bad for watching videos, sending emails, or posting on social media.

Runners-up: Aussie Broadband and MATE

The runners-up for this category are Aussie Broadband’s 12/1 Unlimited - Basic NBN and MATE’s NBN #goodmates plan. Both are priced $59 per month and include unlimited data, but Aussie Broadband’s typical evening speed is slightly faster at 11Mbps versus MATE’s 10Mbps.

The Best NBN25 (Basic II) Plan: Internode

For budget NBN fixed-line connections that are ideal for 1 to 2 persons, Internode’s NBN25 Unlimited plan proves to be one of the most popular among consumers. The bundle sets you back by $69.99 per month and includes unlimited data with typical evening speeds of 23Mbps. That’s almost as fast as the standard speeds during off-peak hours.

The network also offers a $0 setup fee and customer support that’s available for 7 days a week. If you sign up for the plan, up to 20 email accounts can be used with spam and virus filtering.

Runners-up: Vodafone and Kogan

In case Internode is not a viable option for you, Vodafone’s Essential NBN Unlimited and Kogan Internet’s Bronze Unlimited plans are also worth checking out.

Vodafone’s costs $55 a month for the first six months, which will then go up to $65 a month in the succeeding months. It comes with unlimited data with typical evening speeds of 22Mbps.

But more than the basics, this service provider also offers a 30-day Network Satisfaction Guarantee that allows you to discontinue your subscription if you’re not satisfied with the service during the first 30 days.

Kogan Internet, meanwhile, $57.90 a month for the first six months and $63.90 in the succeeding months. You get unlimited data with the same typical evening speeds of 22Mbps. There is also a $0 activation fee and you get to earn 1 Qantas Point for every $2 you spend on Kogan Internet.

What’s the deal about NBN Evening Speeds?

As we often say, the speed of your connection is affected by several factors. One of the biggest culprits of spotty or slow connection, especially during peak evening hours, is congestion or the high number of people connected to the network.

Depending on your internet plan and speed tier, there is a corresponding average evening speed for you. Here’s an overview of what you can expect from your broadband plan during the day and night.

Speed Tier    Maximum Speed    Evening Speed

NBN 12          12Mbps                  7Mbps

NBN25           25Mbps                  15Mbps

NBN50           50Mbps                  30Mbps

NBN100         100Mbps                 60Mbps

NBN250         250Mbps                 150Mbps

NBN1000       1000Mbps               250Mbps