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Best NBN 1000 plans: our top picks for ultrafast gigabit internet

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If you're on this page, it's fair to assume you're looking for the fastest internet available in Australia – NBN 1000, also known as ultrafast or gigabit internet has a top download speed of (you guessed it) 1,000Mbps.

While this tier was initially only available to businesses, the residential market has grown considerably in recent months, with a heap of providers offering this extreme option (and some of them doing so rather competitively).

On this page, we've taken a look at all the NBN 1000 providers out there and rounded up the cream of the crop so you don't have to do the digging yourself.

Current NBN 1000 deals

While we've picked out an array of choice plans further down the page, here's a quick list of some of the current NBN 1000 deals going.

Best NBN 1000 plans

Best overall NBN 1000 plans

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MyRepublic | NBN 1000 | AU$109p/m (for 6 months, then AU$109p/m) (opens in new tab)

With a solid 350Mbps typical evening speed, the lowest introductory price going for an NBN 1000 plan, and the lowest ongoing monthly rate by a strong margin, this MyRepublic deal is the best overall value at the moment. For those looking at a gigabit connection for their gaming, MyRepublic also offers a Gamer Pro plan (opens in new tab) for an extra AU$10 per month, which offers a "Network optimised for Gaming with traffic prioritisation, custom routing & Static IP".

Total minimum cost: AU$99 | Total cost for first year: AU$1,248

Best fast NBN 1000 plan

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Telstra | NBN 1000 | AU$160p/m (for 12 months, then AU$180p/m) (opens in new tab)

For the fastest NBN speed tier available, Telstra’s NBN 1000 plan offers insane typical download speeds of 700Mbps (with 40Mbps upload), which is the fastest available with any telco at the moment. It’s far from the cheapest but when speed is the name of the game, Telstra takes the crown. Sweetening the deal is a AU$20 monthly discount for your first year. If you stay put for 24 months, you’ll get the Telstra Smart Modem for free (usually AU$216).

Total minimum cost: AU$376 (includes modem) | Total cost for first year: AU$1,920

Cheapest NBN 1000 plan

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MyRepublic | NBN 1000 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$99p/m (for 6 months, then AU$109p/m) (opens in new tab)

There currently isn't any cheaper NBN 1000 plans going than this stellar MyRepublic offering, and even after six months when the plan jumps by AU$10p/m, it's still the cheapest on offer. MyRepublic advertises a typical evening speed of 350Mbps, which is faster than all but Aussie Broadband, Superloop and Telstra, so it's a great deal all round.

Total minimum cost: AU$99 | Total cost for first year: AU$1,248

More NBN 1000 deals

NBN 1000 FAQ

How fast is NBN 1000?

NBN 1000 is the ultimate speed tier offered on the NBN, with maximum download speeds of 1,000Mbps. However, the reality of the situation is that this maximum speed is much harder to reach than on other tiers.

In a recent ACCC report, it was discovered that NBN 1000 plans "experienced average speeds between 608 and 745Mbps". What's more, it was discovered that "between 7-11pm, performance fell by 23 per cent on average compared with the day’s maximum".

So while you're getting the maximum possible speed offered on the NBN at present, you might not necessarily be getting that maximum 1,000Mbps download rate, due to a wide variety of factors.

How much does NBN 1000 cost?

Expect to pay AU$100 per month as a bare minimum to sing yourself up to an NBN 1000 plan, and more realistically, you'll be looking at that AU$130-140 range.

Most providers at this stage offer a discount for your first six months, and in most cases the price jumps up by about AU$30 after that. If you were hoping for more affordable high-speed broadband, you might be better served checking our fastest NBN plans page which takes a look at NBN 100 and NBN 250 options as well.

Can I get NBN 1000?

Not all connection types will have access to this ultrafast broadband. It’s available to those with a fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) connection, and in some cases, also those with hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) cable, but be sure to check with the provider.

What providers have NBN 1000?

When the NBN first rolled out, this speed tier didn't exist for residential customers, but now there's a host of telcos offering the service. This includes the big players such as Telstra and Optus, as well as excellent smaller ISPs like Aussie Broadband, MyRepublic, and Superloop.

Harry is an Australian Journalist for TechRadar with an ear to the ground for future tech, and the other in front of a vintage amplifier. He likes stories told in charming ways, and content consumed through massive screens. He also likes to get his hands dirty with the ethics of the tech.