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Best NBN plans

We compare the best performing NBN plans from Telstra, iiNet, TPG and more by how close they get to their maximum speeds.

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Last updated: 23 March 2022

Looking for a new internet service provider? We use real-world performance to find the best NBN providers for you on a rolling monthly basis. 

Our scores, based on data from the ACCC's NBN provider performance program, will show you the full list from volunteer triallists. Below is a shortlist of the best NBN plans available right now, ranked by how they measure up to their claimed plan speeds.

Best NBN plans

We rank fixed-line fibre to the node (FTTN), fibre to the premises (FTTP) and cable (HFC) NBN plans on whether they're meeting their claimed speed based on the ACCC's broadband monitoring results. 

If your NBN connection technology isn't represented here (such as FTTC, fixed wireless or Sky Muster satellite), that's because the range of volunteers on the ACCC's program doesn't provide enough data for us to confidently rank providers against each other. For those results, head to our full coverage of the ACCC's broadband provider performance program.

These are the best scorers from the most recent data. We leave out any scores lower than 70%. Any tied results for each month are represented by identical numbers in the first column.

Fibre to the Node (FTTN)

Fibre to the Premises (FTTP)

HFC (Cable)

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What type of NBN technology do you have?

If you aren't sure what technology you have, visit the NBN Co website to find out what connection type is available in your area.

The points below describe the three fixed-line NBN technologies we have ACCC measuring data for: FTTP, FTTN and HFC.

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Fibre to the premises (FTTP)

  • Outside your premises: Fibre cable to a street cabinet, then more fibre to your house.
  • Inside your premises: Usually one box installed on the outside of your house, two side-by-side wall-mounted boxes inside.
  • Socket: Ethernet (doesn't use the old phone wall sockets in your house).
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Fibre to the node (FTTN)

  • Outside your premises: Fibre to a street cabinet, then pre-existing copper lines to your house.
  • Inside your premises: Looks similar to an ADSL modem inside your house.
  • Socket: Uses your home's pre-existing phone wall sockets.
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What NBN plan speed do you need?

NBN speed tiers

On this page, we only rank two NBN speed tiers: Home Standard (50Mbps download maximum) and Home Fast (100Mbps download maximum). This is because the ACCC's broadband monitoring program doesn't provide enough data on other speed tiers for us to rank products against each other.

The full list of fixed-line NBN speed tiers is:

NBN wholesale speed tiers Speed tier description Previously called
Home Basic 1 Less than 12Mbps download speeds in typical busy times. NBN 12
Home Basic 2 At least 15Mbps download speeds during typical busy times, up to 25Mbps. NBN 25
Home Standard At least 30Mbps download speeds during typical busy times, up to 50Mbps. NBN 50
Home Fast At least 60Mbps download speeds during typical busy times, up to 100Mbps for FTTP and HFC. Between 25Mbps and 100Mbps for FTTC, FTTN and FTTB. NBN 100
Home Superfast At least 150Mbps download speeds during typical busy times, up to 250Mbps. N/A
Home Ultrafast From 500Mbps to close to 1Gbps. N/A

Where once these tiers included indications of upload speeds, NBN now offers more options to providers. For example, some Home Fast plans might have upload speeds up to 40Mbps, while others max out at 20Mbps. 

Theoretically, the second option should be cheaper, but make sure you keep an eye out for advertised speeds to make sure they suit your needs.

You'll also only be eligible for certain plans if your connection meets the requirements. This could mean the type of connection you have or the speed at which it operates.

What's the fastest NBN speed you can buy?

Here's a general indication of the maximum speed a provider might consider selling to you, depending on your connection type.

  • Fibre to the node (FTTN) – Home Fast, but some providers won't go above Home Standard without testing your connection first.
  • Fibre to the building (FTTB) – Home Fast.
  • Fibre to the curb (FTTC) – Home Fast, but NBN Co hopes to increase it to Home Superfast or Ultrafast beginning in 2022.
  • Fibre to the premises (FTTP) – Home Ultrafast.
  • Hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) – Home Ultrafast, but NBN Co states no more than 750Mbps sustained download speeds for HFC, with short bursts of up to nearly 1Gbps.

HFC (Cable)

  • Outside your premises: Fibre to an HFC node near your premises, then coaxial cabling the rest of the way, like a cable TV or pre-NBN cable internet connection.
  • Inside your premises: Needs a pre-existing coaxial cable (for the above) in your premises or a new installation if necessary. If you have Foxtel, the installing NBN technician should provide you with a signal splitter so that your NBN and cable TV connections connect to the same wall port. Don't use this splitter if you don't have a cable TV connection or need it for other purposes, as it can reportedly cause signal stability problems in some instances.
  • Socket: The inside box is not wall mounted and doesn't connect to old phone wall sockets. You'll need to connect a separate router to this box, either supplied by your provider or by yourself, to connect multiple devices and create a Wi-Fi network.

We hope to add fibre to the curb, fixed wireless and satellite plans to this list as we gather more data from our testing program.

How much data will you need from your NBN plan?

To get an idea of how much speed you need, think of how many devices in your house use the internet at the same time. If it's just one or two screens streaming Netflix, then you could get by with a 50/20 or 50/10 plan.

If you have multiple users, such as households with large families or share houses, you may need a 100/40 or 100/20 plan. 

CHOICE tip: It's usually easier to increase your plan's speed than decrease it once you've signed up, so it might be a good idea to start low and go up if you need it. Check with a service representative before you sign up if you'll incur additional fees for this. That, or sign up to a no-contract plan, which should let you change your cap on a monthly basis as needed.

Data

You'll also need to decide how much data you need each month. Your current provider should offer a way to check your monthly usage online. Go over the last few months to get an idea of your maximum data usage per month. 

Our advice? Go with something a little higher than your current usage, as it may fluctuate or increase over time, but you don't necessarily need a 500GB or unlimited plan, even though these are fast becoming the norm.

How to change your internet provider

If you're not on a contract...

If you're not on a contract, changing providers should be as easy as contacting your new provider and signing up to a new NBN plan. You can do this online, by phone or sometimes instore, depending on what provider you're signing up to.

Your new NBN provider will contact your old one and make the switch. Your old plan will be cancelled at the end of your current billing month and your new plan will start around the same time. There may be some overlap in billing periods between the two providers, but you should be notified of the date your new billing period will start. There are often additional charges when signing up to a new provider, such as an activation fee or hardware costs.

If you're on a contract...

If you're still within the term of a broadband contract, you'll need to ask your current provider what the cancellation process is. You may have to pay out all or part of your current contract and you may need to pay a termination fee.

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