What NBN speed do I need?

Find the right NBN Speed for your home. This quick guide to NBN speed can help you decide on the right internet plan for your needs.

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The NBN Co prides itself on being faster, more reliable, and accessible to 93% of Australian households. It is also more affordable than most other Internet types. 

However, deciding on the right NBN plan for you can be a little hard, especially if you're not particularly familiar with how it all breaks down. Thankfully, it's not too confusing if you have a little help.

This quick guide to NBN speed can help you decide on the right Internet plan for your needs.

 


Last updated 20/02/2024
Tangerine Telecom broadband provider logo
Broadband Only
Unlimited
25 Mbps Typical Evening Speed
Month to month
$49.90/Month
for first 6 months, then $64.90 ongoing
Min total cost $49.90
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What speed do I need?

When signing up for an NBN plan you will have a choice of speed tiers: 12Mbps, 25Mbps, 50Mbps, 100Mbps, 250Mbps, or 1000Mbps download speeds. 

12Mbps

Best for: People living alone or for couples.

The first tier which advertises download speeds of 12Mbps is designed as a match for older ADSL2+ speeds. 12Mbps plans are the cheapest available and is the current bare minimum - certainly not fast enough for streaming high definition videos. 

25Mbps 

Best for: Watching TV/general Internet browsing

This Tier 2 connection provides 25Mbps, which is a good amount of bandwidth for smaller households who have standard internet usage. 

50Mbps

Best for: Larger families who want to stream from more than one device

This speed connection is one of the most common connections available. 50Mbps speeds are great for families who may want to stream music and movies all at the same time on their own devices at home without a suffering download speed. 

100Mbps

Best for: Gamers, busy Internet users, those who work from home.

One of the fastest speeds available today and the best way to future-proof your connection is a plan in this speed tier. This speed option is best for large families or share homes that will be able to make use of the capacity of this connection speed. 

It is also a fantastic choice for businesses, as these connections offer between 17-40Mbps upload speeds, fantastic for backing up business systems or sharing large files with colleagues.

250Mbps

Best for: Businesses, heavy gamers, multiple devices

This connection speed is for the home that has multiple devices streaming video and gaming all at once. This plan also provides a good amount of bandwidth for businesses that want to make use of cloud-based storage.

1000Mbps

Best for: Up/downloading large files, running a home office, streaming multiple high-definition videos

Finally, we have the top tier option with 1000Mbps download speeds. If you are looking to future-proof your home or business and have the budget for it, then this is the speed tier you want. This connection can provide up to 100Mbps upload speeds which is great for uploading large files or backing up your system to the cloud. 

With this amount of bandwidth, 1000Mbps connections are perfect for running a home office and streaming high-definition video content all at once without any noticeable drop in connection speeds or quality.

NBN speed tiers

The NBN network offers a range of speed options, from NBN 12 to NBN 1000, depending on your provider. These speeds are usually represented as numbers with a slash, like "Standard Speed: 25/5Mbps," where "25" is the download speed, and "5" is the upload speed. 

Download speed is for getting files from the Internet, while upload speed is for sending files, like email attachments or sharing folders on Dropbox.

What is "Mbps"?

Mbps stands for "megabits per second," a way to measure your Internet speed. It's the standard for network and broadband speed. More Mbps means faster Internet. 

For example, with 50Mbps, you can download a song in just six seconds, while with 10Mbps, it takes 28 seconds. So, higher Mbps means quicker downloads.

What are typical evening speeds?

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) defines 'typical evening speed' as the average speed you can anticipate during the busy 7pm-11pm period.

For instance, if an NBN plan advertises 'up to 100Mbps typical evening speeds,' that means it offers an average speed in that range during evening peak hours. NBN Co provides four wholesale speed tiers: NBN 12, 25, 50, and 100, with maximum download speeds of 12Mbps, 25Mbps, 50Mbps, and 100Mbps, respectively.

However, your actual NBN speed depends on various factors, with one key factor being the type of NBN technology your connection employs. Here's a breakdown of different NBN technologies and the typical maximum speeds.

What is the fastest speed tier?

The fastest NBN speed tier is, you guessed it, NBN 1000 - but most households tend to go to NBN 100 with businesses using up to NBN 1000. 

NBN 100 has a maximum download speed of 100Mbps, so if you want to future-proof your home or office Internet connection, this is your tier.

Of course, you don't need to go all the way to NBN 100 if you don't want or need to. The beauty of the NBN is that you can pick and choose the speed tier that's right for you and your needs. Just because it's the fastest doesn't mean it's right for everyone. 

Service providers offering NBN 250 and NBN 1000 plans

Much as we all want to get our hands on NBN 250 or NBN 1000 plans, there are only a number of service providers offering these deals at the moment.

Optus broadband provider logo
Optus Plus Everyday Ultrafast NBN™ Bundle Plan
  • Unlimited Data
  • 780/40 Mbps
  • Deal: $99 for first 6 months, then $129 ongoing
$99 .00/ mth
Min total cost $99
Superloop broadband provider logo
Superloop nbn™ Lightspeed Broadband Plan
  • Unlimited Data
  • 811/42 Mbps
  • Deal: $99 for first 6 months, then $109 ongoing
Tangerine Telecom broadband provider logo
Tangerine Telecom UltraSpeedy Broadband Plan
  • Unlimited
  • 650/42 Mbps
  • Deal: $104.90 for first 6 months, then $124.90 ongoing
$104 .90/ mth
Min total cost $104.90
TPG broadband provider logo
TPG NBN Home Ultrafast Broadband Plan
$104 .99/ mth
Min total cost $104.99
Aussie Broadband broadband provider logo
Unlimited Ultra-Fast nbn™ Aussie Broadband plan
  • Unlimited Data
  • 600/42 Mbps
  • Deal: $109 for 12 months, then $129 ongoing
$109 .00/ mth
Min total cost $109
iPrimus broadband provider logo
Home Ultrafast (NBN1000) Unlimited iPrimus broadband plan
  • Unlimited
  • 650/42 Mbps
  • Deal: $110 for first 6 months, then $130 ongoing
$110 .00/ mth
Min total cost $110
Telstra broadband provider logo
Telstra Ultimate NBN Broadband plan
$115 .00/ mth
Min total cost $115
Optus broadband provider logo
Optus Plus Family Entertainer Ultrafast Bundle Plan
  • Unlimited Data
  • 780/40 Mbps
  • Deal: $119 for first 6 months, then $149 ongoing
$119 .00/ mth
Min total cost $119
To find out more about how we recommend plans, click here.

NBN 250 plans

NBN 250 plans are tailor-made for households with four or more members, ensuring seamless online experiences for everyone, whether it's gaming, streaming, or working simultaneously.

Dubbed "Superfast" by NBN Co, this tier offers unlimited downloads at speeds of up to 250Mbps. It's worth noting that while many providers offer NBN 250 plans, not all can maintain this speed during peak hours from 7-11pm. Notable exceptions to this rule include Telstra and Aussie Broadband, ensuring consistent high-speed performance.

Tangerine Telecom broadband provider logo
Tangerine Telecom Speedy Broadband Plan
  • Unlimited
  • 100/17 Mbps
  • Deal: $64.90 for first 6 months, then $84.90 ongoing
$64 .90/ mth
Min total cost $64.90
Tangerine Telecom broadband provider logo
Tangerine Telecom Speedy Broadband + Home Phone Bundle Plan
  • Unlimited
  • 100/17 Mbps
  • Deal: $74.90 for first 6 months, then $94.90 ongoing
$74 .90/ mth
Min total cost $74.90
Optus broadband provider logo
Optus Plus Everyday Fast NBN™ Bundle Plan
  • Unlimited Data
  • 100/18 Mbps
  • Deal: $79 for first 6 months, then $99 ongoing
$79 .00/ mth
Min total cost $79
iPrimus broadband provider logo
Premium (NBN100) Unlimited iPrimus broadband plan
  • Unlimited
  • 100/17 Mbps
  • Deal: $80 for first 6 months, then $90 ongoing
$80 .00/ mth
Min total cost $80
Dodo broadband provider logo
Superfast Speed (nbn250) Unlimited Dodo broadband plan
  • Unlimited Data
  • 200/21 Mbps
  • Deal: $85 for first 6 months, then $110 ongoing
$85 .00/ mth
Min total cost $85
Superloop broadband provider logo
Superloop nbn™ Superfast Broadband Plan
  • Unlimited
  • 230/21 Mbps
  • Deal: $85 for first 6 months, then $99 ongoing
Optus broadband provider logo
Optus Plus Everyday Superfast NBN™ Bundle Plan
  • Unlimited Data
  • 245/22 Mbps
  • Deal: $89 for first 6 months, then $119 ongoing
$89 .00/ mth
Min total cost $89
iPrimus broadband provider logo
Home Superfast (NBN250) Unlimited iPrimus broadband plan
  • Unlimited
  • 245/21 Mbps
  • Deal: $90 for first 6 months, then $110 ongoing
$90 .00/ mth
Min total cost $90
Belong broadband provider logo
Unlimited Belong Premium broadband plan on the NBN™
$90 .00/ mth
Min total cost $90
TPG broadband provider logo
TPG NBN Home Superfast Broadband Plan
  • Unlimited Data
  • 232/21 Mbps
  • Deal: $94.99 for first 6 months, then $124.99 ongoing
$94 .99/ mth
Min total cost $94.99
To find out more about how we recommend plans, click here.

NBN 1000 plans

NBN 1000 plans offer Australia's fastest Internet, often called "ultrafast" or "gigabit" Internet with speeds up to 1,000Mbps. However, in practice, most providers don't deliver this speed during busy evenings. 

Telstra comes closest with 700Mbps, while others like Aussie Broadband, Optus, and Superloop promise 600Mbps in the evenings.

Optus broadband provider logo
Optus Plus Everyday Ultrafast NBN™ Bundle Plan
  • Unlimited Data
  • 780/40 Mbps
  • Deal: $99 for first 6 months, then $129 ongoing
$99 .00/ mth
Min total cost $99
Superloop broadband provider logo
Superloop nbn™ Lightspeed Broadband Plan
  • Unlimited Data
  • 811/42 Mbps
  • Deal: $99 for first 6 months, then $109 ongoing
Tangerine Telecom broadband provider logo
Tangerine Telecom UltraSpeedy Broadband Plan
  • Unlimited
  • 650/42 Mbps
  • Deal: $104.90 for first 6 months, then $124.90 ongoing
$104 .90/ mth
Min total cost $104.90
TPG broadband provider logo
TPG NBN Home Ultrafast Broadband Plan
$104 .99/ mth
Min total cost $104.99
Aussie Broadband broadband provider logo
Unlimited Ultra-Fast nbn™ Aussie Broadband plan
  • Unlimited Data
  • 600/42 Mbps
  • Deal: $109 for 12 months, then $129 ongoing
$109 .00/ mth
Min total cost $109
iPrimus broadband provider logo
Home Ultrafast (NBN1000) Unlimited iPrimus broadband plan
  • Unlimited
  • 650/42 Mbps
  • Deal: $110 for first 6 months, then $130 ongoing
$110 .00/ mth
Min total cost $110
Optus broadband provider logo
Optus Plus Family Entertainer Ultrafast Bundle Plan
  • Unlimited Data
  • 780/40 Mbps
  • Deal: $119 for first 6 months, then $149 ongoing
$119 .00/ mth
Min total cost $119
To find out more about how we recommend plans, click here.
 

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