Best NBN 50 plans: our top picks for the best value 50Mbps internet

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NBN 50 plans are the most popular choice of internet for Australians. The best NBN 50 plans come with enough speed for a household of two to four people to use the internet comfortably, and all for a relatively affordable price.

However, it’s possible that the NBN 50 tier is in danger of losing its most popular crown, as NBN Co is pushing for you to get faster internet. It’s doing this by cutting the wholesale price of the fastest NBN plans including NBN 100, NBN 250 and NBN 1000, and increasing the wholesale cost of NBN 50 plans by AU$5. Plenty of providers have now passed on that increase to consumers, and the average cost of the NBN 50 plans we monitor is now AU$80 a month.

But despite this blanket price increase, the most recent data published by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission in March 2024, there was actually a significant increase in the number of active NBN 50 connections. The number jumped from just over 3.7 million to just under 4.5 million. Subsequently, the number of active NBN 100 connections decreased from just over 2.2 million to just under 1.5 million. Given the speed benefits of 100Mbps plans and the gap in pricing closing, we're actually a little stumped as to what has caused this significant change. 

Below you can find our recommendations, although they're all now taken out by  Kogan Internet, due to its cheap pricing, maximum speeds, and positive customer reviews. 

We think an NBN 50 plan is the best fit for most people, particularly if you work from home or have multiple people who want to stream in HD and game online. In our dedicated guide, we’ll help you compare NBN 50 plans and search for the right deal.

Noteworthy NBN 50 deals

Further down, we’ve hand-picked the best NBN 50 plans on the market right now, but some providers are offering deals (often for fresh sign-ups over the first six months) so we’ve listed them below incase any of their offers entice you:

Best NBN 50 plans

Best overall NBN 50 plan

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Kogan InternetNBN 50Unlimited dataNo lock-in contractAU$58.90p/m (first 3 months, then AU$68.90p/m)

Kogan Internet | NBN 50 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$58.90p/m (first 3 months, then AU$68.90p/m)

Kogan Internet has dethroned Flip as our pick for the best NBN 50 plan overall. This is due to a price increase for Flip and an increase in positive reviews for Kogan Internet. Kogan's introductory price is only 10 cents cheaper than Flip, and it only lasts three months compared to Flip's six – but it's the ongoing cost that allows Kogan Internet to steal the show. AU$6 per month cheaper may not sound like much, but in your first full-price year of service, you'll save AU$72 by going with Kogan. 

The telco advertises maximum speeds on its plan and even has a price pledge promise – this says if you can find a better price on the same plan from an approved major provider, Kogan Internet will refund you double the difference in cost. It's a confident pledge for sure, so we can only assume Kogan Internet is confident in the service it provides. 

Total minimum cost: AU$58.90 | Total cost for first year: AU$796.80 | Yearly cost after discount: AU$826.80

Best fast NBN 50 plan

Kogan InternetNBN 50Unlimited dataNo lock-in contractAU$58.90p/m (first 3 months, then AU$68.90p/m)

Kogan Internet | NBN 50 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$58.90p/m (first 3 months, then AU$68.90p/m)

Kogan Internet is also our pick for the best fast NBN 50 plan, due to it advertising the maximum possible speeds on this tier, for the cheapest price. 

Customer reviews online also indicate Kogan Internet provides a reliable and fast service. Customers also seem to be highlighting the customer service received, adding that issues they encountered were dealt with swiftly and efficiently.

We would also recommend Exetel here, not only because it also advertises the maximum typical evening speeds, but because it offers five free Speed Boost days each month, which can boost the speed of your service to the next tier – 100Mbps NBN 100. The only reason it didn't win this category is because of the higher cost. But, at AU$839.88 in the first year, it's still firmly in the 'affordable' category. 

Total minimum cost: AU$58.90 | Total cost for first year: AU$796.80 | Yearly cost after discount: AU$826.80

Cheapest NBN 50 plan

Kogan InternetNBN 50Unlimited dataNo lock-in contractAU$58.90p/m (first 3 months, then AU$68.90p/m)

Kogan Internet | NBN 50 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$58.90p/m (first 3 months, then AU$68.90p/m)

The award for the cheapest NBN 50 plan can't go to any other provider but Kogan Internet. Occasionally we see some telcos differing in price by less than a dollar, but considering Kogan Internet's NBN 50 plan saves you AU$6.60 in your first year and a significant AU$72 in your first ongoing year, it's a clear winner. 

Total minimum cost: AU$58.90 | Total cost for first year: AU$796.80 | Yearly cost after discount: AU$826.80

NBN 50 FAQ

How fast is NBN 50?

NBN 50 as a speed tier offers up to 50Mbps download and 20Mbps upload speeds, and while this doesn’t mean you’ll be hitting that rate at all times, it’s becoming more likely.

With many providers now advertising a typical evening speed of 50Mbps, you’re more likely to be getting that max speed during the busy peak periods (that’s between 7pm–11pm). We’ve compared the typical evening speed among NBN providers monitored by TechRadar, and found the average to be 49Mbps.

The speed you experience could vary with multiple factors, however, including your specific NBN connection type.

How much does NBN 50 cost?

NBN 50 plans are the most popular choice for Australians signed up to the internet, and because of this, most providers offering NBN 50 plans have some very competitive offers and discounts, particularly for your first six months on the service.

Standard prices on the NBN 50 tier range between AU$69 to AU$100 a month, but when welcome discounts are available, you can sign up for as little as AU$59 a month for your first six months. Among the telcos we monitor, the average monthly price for an NBN 50 plan currently sits at AU$80.55.

Telstra’s NBN 50 plan is the most expensive in the market, with an ongoing rate of AU$100 a month. While that’s significantly above the average cost, Telstra offers other incentives to get you to sign up with its service, such as a modem with 4G back up, allowing you to prioritise online traffic and providing free subscriptions to streaming service for a set amount of time.

Can I get NBN 50?

If you’re not in a rural or remote area of Australia, or one of the few other locations that haven’t had a fixed line NBN service set up, then you’ll be able to get an NBN 50 connection.

All connection types, such as fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) and hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC), are able to support NBN 50, but some of them are likely to perform more reliably.

Which providers have NBN 50?

There are very few (if any) providers at this stage which are not offering NBN 50 plans, given its immense popularity and ability to be connected to, and supported by, a vast majority of Aussies homes.

This means that Telstra, Optus, TPG, Aussie Broadband, Belong, Dodo, Exetel, iiNet, Spintel, Tangerine and plenty of others all have compelling NBN 50 plans to choose from.

NBN 50 vs NBN 100?

As with any purchasing decision, the 'better' option won’t be better for everyone. For light internet users, such as households with two to four users that stream in high definition and don’t plan to use it for anything more intensive, NBN 50 is likely to be more than enough.

But for anyone experiencing congestion issues, or anyone that wants their download time drastically cut down, the extra AU$200 or so per year is certainly a small price to pay for double the download speeds – particularly in the context of a plan that already costs around AU$750 annually, in NBN 50’s case.

Jasmine Gearie
Ecommerce Editor

Jasmine Gearie is an Ecommerce Editor at TechRadar Australia, with a primary focus on helping readers cut through the jargon to find the best mobile and internet plans for their needs. She crunches the numbers to maintain dedicated guides to the latest phones, NBN and broadband plans of all types, and covers the important telco industry news. She also hunts down tech deals on laptops, phones, gaming consoles and more, so readers know where to buy the products they want for the cheapest prices.