Do I need a Premium Evening Speed plan?
That may depend on your internet usage, as well as how many other internet users there are in your household. If you have housemates or family members who are avidly using the home broadband, you may definitely want to consider one of the higher NBN speed tiers; especially if you’re all using the internet simultaneously. Many NBN users find that they are satisfied with an NBN deal on the Standard Plus Evening Speed tier (also known as NBN 50)... but if you and/or members of your household are using the internet a lot, and using it at the same time, then you may experience some slowed performances, even on an NBN 50 plan. Thankfully, you have options; with a Premium Evening Speed plan, you and the members of your household can all comfortably use the internet for what you want, as much as you want, and at the same time. You can all simultaneously watch different streaming services on multiple devices, make video calls, and play online games until the cows come home. And this NBN tier need not be limited to recreational activity; Premium Evening Speed plans are great for businesses both small and large, whether you’re renting an office or working from home. NBN 100 plans provide an unparalleled service when it comes to uploading or downloading hefty files, hosting video conferences, keeping sizable online storages, or simply facilitating a reliable Wi-Fi service for you and your workmates.
How much does a Premium Evening Speed plan cost?
As with any other kind of broadband plan, NBN 100 deal prices vary from provider to provider. That said, there’s one fairly consistent rule of thumb that you should be aware of, and that is that Premium Evening Speed plans will cost more than the other speed tiers. It’s called premium for a reason, just as it is considered the top tier NBN plan for a reason. As opposed to the cost of an NBN 50 plan, a Premium Evening Speed plan will cost you between $30 to $40 more per month (on average). While many people can justify that extra money in exchange for the service a Premium Evening Speed plan can provide, others may find that the extra bump in cost is just a bit too much for them, which is more than understandable. If you’re in the latter camp, you may want to consider a Standard Plus Evening Speed instead, or perhaps an even lower NBN tier if you really want to save some money. You can compare prices on NBN plans and providers here.
What are the other NBN Speed Tiers?
NBN speed tiers vary in both speed and cost. You choose which one you want when you choose the NBN deal you wish to sign with. There are four NBN speed tiers: NBN 12, NBN 25, NBN 50, and NBN 100. The numbers refer to the megabits-per-second - which is how we measure internet speed - that each plan offers.
- Basic Evening Speed - also known as NBN 12, Basic Evening Speed offers a maximum download speed of 12Mbps. NBN 12 plans are typically much cheaper than the higher speed tiers, but this is because they are generally much slower, to the extent that some internet providers won’t bother offering them.
- Standard Evening Speed - also known as NBN 25, a Standard Evening Speed plan will give you a maximum download speed of 25Mbps, and a 5Mbps upload speed.
- Standard Plus Evening Speed - also known as NBN 50, Standard Plus Evening Speed plans will offer you a maximum download speed of 50Mbps, and a 20Mbps upload speed. NBN 50 plans tend to be a good middle-of-the-road option for many NBN customers.
- Premium Evening Speed - also known as NBN 100, or sometimes simply as the NBN Premium, Premium Evening Speeds will give you a maximum download speed of 100Mbps, and a 40Mbps upload speed. This is why NBN 100 plans are considered the cream of the crop when it comes to fast NBN speeds.
What is the difference between download and upload speeds?
The difference between download speeds and upload speeds is, a nutshell, which direction an online file is going. A download speed refers to how fast you can get a file off the internet and on to your computer, whereas an upload speed refers to how quickly you can take a file from your computer and put it into the internet, ie. sending an email that has a file, or safely saving a new document into your iCloud or Dropbox storage. Most people tend to do a lot more downloading than they do uploading, which is why most providers will boast about their download speed whenever they need to condense a plan’s information in advertising. But obviously, it’s handy to have an NBN plan that lets you upload as easily as it lets you download.
Why are there different NBN plans?
Contrary to the common misconception, there is no one set NBN speed. The NBN (which stands for National Broadband Network) is a government enterprise that was designed and implemented by the Australian Federal Government with the intention of upgrading Australia’s internet infrastructure by replacing the old copper line system (which was built for our old telephone network rather than for the internet) and replacing it with a new and improved fibre optic system. The fibre optic cables transmit data much faster than the old copper lines, and they are also more resilient when it comes to erosion, as well as harsh weather environments that may incur dampness or lightning. Although there is a government sanctioned NBN corporation (aptly named the NBN Co) that is in charge of building and maintaining the NBN network, they themselves are not the one that are selling customers their NBN service. The National Broadband Network operates as a wholesaler, which means they sell on their NBN service to internet service providers (often shortened to ISPs) who are the ones in charge of the different plans and different prices.
If I upgrade to NBN 100, do I need new equipment?
It very much depends on the terms and conditions laid out by the service provider that you’re considering; but in most instances, no, you should be able to upgrade to a Premium Evening Speed plan without having to upgrade your router or modem. That said, if you really want maximum speeds, keen in mind that that newer hardware may help optimise a Premium NBN speed.
Will my Premium Evening Speed plan ever stop working?
While the NBN 100 plans are definitely the most reliable of all the NBN speed tiers, you’d be hard pressed (and perhaps foolish) to guarantee that anything in this world is guaranteed to never stop working! NBN outages are not uncommon, and all NBN plans, including the NBN 100 plans are susceptible to this. But the occasional NBN outage is nothing to worry about. NBN outages typically occur when inclement weather has temporarily affected service, or when the NBN Co has planned maintenance in your area. In either scenario, the NBN Co will send a team to fix the problem as soon as is feasible. You can also visit the NBN Co’s Network Status and Outages page to see if there is any planned maintenance scheduled around your neighborhood.
Another factor that may result in slower speeds is congestion; think of your broadband as traffic; if you try using the internet at the same time most other people do - which is 7pm to 11pm, a period known as Typical Evening Speed time - then you may get caught in a proverbial traffic jam. Or your Wi-Fi signal might simply be blocked by something in your house; some customers have found that their Wi-Fi signal can be easily obstructed by anything from a wall, to a mirror, to Christmas tree, to a fish tank. That or you might simply be facing general connection issues; you can see to this by rebooting your modem, making sure that all relevant cables are properly inserted, or simply by calling your NBN service provider for customer support.
What are the different kinds of NBN connections?
The NBN is a multi-technology mix, which means that there are different kinds of NBN connections. The different kinds of NBN connections found around the country are Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), Fibre to the Node (FTTP), Fibre to the Curb (FTTC), Hybrid Fibre-Coaxial (HFC), and Fixed Wireless.
Quite frankly, some NBN connections don’t work as well as others. For example, even on an NBN plan that has a higher speed tier and a good amount of data, a Fibre to the Node NBN connection may still be a little slower than a Fibre to the Premises connection, simply because the former sends data to a node that may be a good distance away from your premises, while the latter sends the data directly into your premises. Unfortunately, NBN customers don’t get to choose what NBN connection we are given; the NBN Co decides that based on the location of our homes. This less than popular policy is now known as the NBN Lottery. But if your home has been designated an NBN connection type that is offering you lacklustre performances, you can try countering it with a higher NBN tier like the NBN 100, or with an NBN deal that has unlimited data. If you are still unsatisfied with it, you can see if there are any 5G or 4G home wireless plans available in your location.
Who is the fastest NBN provider?
It is rather hard to cite any one particular NBN provider as the definitive fastest; the best for someone else may not be best for you. And it’s not just a matter of personal opinion; your location and your NBN connection type will also heavily determine what the fastest NBN provider for you is. Having said, the ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) make it their business to run regular tests to determine which service providers are delivering the fastest speeds. To name just a few…
Aussie Broadband is consistently making the cut whenever a “best broadband providers” list is made. Besides consistently delivering fast NBN speeds, they have become crowd favourites because of their exceptional customer service. They are privately owned, and 100% Australian owned, with a tech support team that is entirely in Australia. To find out more about Aussie Broadband NBN 100 plans, call 1300 730 863.
MyRepublic was not only one of the first internet service providers to be purpose-built for the NBN, but it was very specifically built for fast NBN speeds; to the extent that they are one of the providers who don’t even bother offering NBN 12 plans. MyRepublic also has their fingers on the pulse when it comes to modern internet users; they even have a Gamer Pro plan, which is the first NBN internet plan that is optimised for gamers. To learn more about MyRepublic 100 speeds, call 1300 403 127.
TPG has repeatedly made the number one spot of the ACCC’s list when determining who can deliver the fastest NBN speeds in Australia. Even when they’re not at number one, they’re never far behind; their service is most often speedy and reliable, they’re more than often reasonably priced, and as they’ve constructed quite a lot of infrastructure around Australia, they have the ability to provide more coverage in more regions. To find out more about TPG 100 plans, call 1300 731 193.
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