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Australia's best NBN provider

We've calculated Australia's top NBN provider for performance and customer satisfaction.

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Last updated: 28 July 2022
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Which NBN provider should you go with? To find the best, we reviewed the speed of connection in homes around Australia and asked you to rate your satisfaction with your NBN provider.

Best NBN brand for 2022: Aussie Broadband

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Aussie Broadband takes out this year's Best Brand NBN with a score of 89%, largely thanks to its high overall customer satisfaction score of 88%. This is the second year in a row it's placed first. It's also only the second year we've had enough data to include this ISP in our Best Brand NBN scores, making it two for two.

Exetel is the second best NBN provider at 86%, after which the playing field levels out with Telstra and Vodafone scoring 84% each, and TPG, iiNet, and Optus scoring 83%. Last place was Dodo & iPrimus (81%).

Most of the Best Brand NBN scores are similar compared with this time last year, varying by only 1–2%. Aussie Broadband's top score of 89% is identical.

The standout change is Dodo & iPrimus, which, despite still placing last scored a full 6% higher this year thanks to a much higher speed score.

To find out which specific services we recommend, click on the 'Recommended' box in the filters section of our broadband internet provider reviews.

Fastest NBN provider: Launtel

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Launtel was the fastest overall NBN provider with a score of 96%, but unfortunately doesn't have a satisfaction score and so couldn't be included in the Best Brand NBN rankings.

Next were Exetel and Telstra at 94%, with Optus at 93%. Our Best Brand NBN winner, Aussie Broadband, scored 91% for speed.

In last place were Superloop and MyRepublic with 86%.

Most satisfied NBN customers: Aussie Broadband

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Aussie Broadband has the most satisfied customers according to our survey. Its NBN customer satisfaction score of 88% is significantly above the competition and the main reason it's taken out the top spot two years in a row.

The next highest is Belong (80%), which doesn't meet our criteria for a Best Brand NBN ranking since we don't have an NBN speed score for it, and after that it's Exetel with 78%.

NBN speed data vs perception

As with last year, there's a discrepancy between how satisfied customers are with their NBN speed and their ISP's NBN speed score as recorded by the ACCC.

It should be noted the speed score for Dodo & iPrimus has improved significantly since our satisfaction data was collected – from 77% last year to 88% this year.

 Brand  NBN speed score  NBN speed satisfaction
 Exetel  94%  71%
 Telstra  94%  75%
 Optus  93%  73%
 Aussie Broadband  91%  87%
 Vodafone  91%  75%
 iiNet  90%  75%
 TPG  89%  76%
 Dodo & iPrimus  88%  73%

We don't have data to explain this discrepancy between recorded speeds and customer satisfaction, but it's interesting to note nonetheless.

How we get our results

Our Best Brand NBN scores are made up of two evenly weighted figures: an overall speed score and an overall satisfaction score, both of which rely on volunteers. If we don't have enough data for either score for a specific provider, we can't give a Best Brand NBN score.

We do still include data for providers in instances where we only have one score – NBN speed or satisfaction. However, they can't be given a Best Brand ranking.

This year's examples include:

  • Belong – we don't have enough NBN speed data
  • Launtel – we don't have enough NBN satisfaction data
  • Superloop – we don't have enough NBN satisfaction data
  • MyRepublic – we don't have enough NBN satisfaction data.

The overall NBN speed score is obtained by averaging out the publicly available speed monitoring data provided by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) every three months.

We take the raw data and apply a scoring methodology based on how close a product's upload and download speeds come to its NBN wholesale speed tier. 

We define an NBN product as plans whose speed tier, NBN connection technology, and brand are identical – e.g a Home Fast (100/40) plan from Aussie Broadband running on a fibre to the node (FTTN) connection.

If any product doesn't have enough volunteers providing data to allow for a useful comparison, we don't include it.

The overall satisfaction score is taken from our biennial internet provider satisfaction survey, the most recent of which we conducted in 2021. If we don't receive enough responses for a provider, they're left out of this scoring for the sake of accuracy.

Why we've partnered with WhistleOut

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