Best NBN provider: who has Australia’s top internet service?


Searching for the best NBN providers in Australia can be tricky, and what constitutes the ‘best’ will be different for everyone. For many people, however, it will likely boil down to two key factors: price and internet speed.

Price is a big factor when you’re signing up for an ongoing service, so in addition to regular monthly fees, we weigh up any special incentives such as discounts when we’re assessing NBN providers. Many telcos offer a six-month welcome discount when you first sign up, and occasionally, we see these offers extended to a 12-month price cut. To get our 'best' tick of approval though, prices must also remain competitive after any discount.

The best NBN providers should also have reliable speed, so each telco’s typical evening speed is always factored into our decision making. We regularly check the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) broadband reporting data, which monitors select telcos, so we can find the best providers that are delivering on their promised speeds.

If you’re a gamer, your needs may go beyond just speed and cost: you might also want to consider factors such as latency and ping times to find the best NBN provider that’s optimised for online gaming.

Which is the best NBN provider in Australia?

Best NBN provider for most people: Flip

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Flip keeps its title as the best NBN provider in Australia again this month because it delivers strong speeds while also offering some of the lowest prices in the market. The NBN 50 tier is the most popular choice among Australians, and we recommend Flip’s 50Mbps option as the best NBN 50 plan you can get.

Flip was also awarded 2023’s Broadband Provider of the Year by our colleagues at Mozo.

FlipNBN 50Unlimited dataNo lock-in contractAU$59p/m (first 6 months, then AU$69.90p/m)

Flip | NBN 50 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$59p/m (first 6 months, then AU$69.90p/m)

Flip has held onto its title of best NBN provider for 2024. Its NBN 25 plan and NBN 50 plan are its best, as they come with a low introductory offer and an equally affordable ongoing price. Both these plans also offer the maximum typical evening speeds available in their respective tiers, so performance is strong for the price. Flip’s NBN 50 plan is arguably the best option for most people, and it will set you back AU$59 a month for the first six months, before increasing to AU$64.90 each billing.

Total minimum cost: AU$59 | Total cost for first year: AU$773.40 | Yearly cost after discount: AU$838.80

• See more: Best NBN 50 plans

Which is the best high-speed NBN provider in Australia?

Best high-speed NBN provider: Exetel

For those who want one of the fastest NBN plans, Exetel remains our recommendation as the best high-speed NBN provider. Exetel could be a better option for you if your household has four or more people using the internet at the same time.

Exetel has great introductory prices on its NBN 100 plan and NBN 250 plan, plus excellent ongoing prices too. The provider also often receives top marks in the ACCC’s broadband reporting, frequently equalling or outpacing the performance of Telstra, Optus and TPG in terms of fastest average download speed.

ExetelNBN 100Unlimited dataNo lock-in contractAU$68.99p/m (first 6 months, then AU$84.99p/m)

Exetel | NBN 100 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$68.99p/m (first 6 months, then AU$84.99p/m)

Exetel’s NBN 100 plan will cost you AU$68.99 a month for your first six months, and it’s a great price for one of the best NBN providers. Once the discounted period ends, you’ll pay AU$84.99, which makes it cheaper than the average price in this tier. Exetel promises a typical evening speed of 100Mbps, and the Speed Boost feature means you can turbo charge your plan up to NBN 250 for five days each month at no extra cost. All things considered, we think Exetel is pretty unbeatable.

Total minimum cost: AU$68.99 | Total cost for first year: AU$923.88 | Yearly cost after discount: AU$1,019.88

• See more: Best NBN 100 plans

ExetelNBN 250Unlimited dataNo lock-in contractAU$83.99p/m (first 6 months, then AU$98.99p/m)

Exetel | NBN 250 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$83.99p/m (first 6 months, then AU$98.99p/m)

Exetel’s NBN 250 introductory offer will see you pay AU$83.99 a month for your first six months, after which your bill will increase to AU$98.99 ongoing. Whether you’re paying the discounted rate or not, Exetel’s NBN 250 plan is insanely good value and sits below the average cost of the plans we monitor in this speed tier. Exetel’s typical evening speed on this plan is 220Mbps, and should you need it, you can upgrade to NBN 1000 speeds for five days each month (rated at 500Mbps).

Total minimum cost: AU$83.99 | Total cost for first year: AU$1,097.88 | Yearly cost after discount: AU$1,187.88

• See more: Best NBN 250 plans

Which is the best cheap NBN provider in Australia?

Best cheap NBN provider: Flip

As well as being the best NBN provider for most people, Flip is also one of your best options for cheap NBN plans. Flip’s internet plans start at just AU$39 a month for NBN 12, and it also has the lowest intro offer and ongoing price for an NBN 25 plan we can find. For the highly sought after NBN 50, it’s also one of your most affordable options. Flip is a fantastic choice because you can get top speeds in NBN 25 and NBN 50 for a very cheap price.

FlipNBN 25Unlimited dataNo lock-in contractAU$44p/m (first 6 months, then AU$54.90p/m)

Flip | NBN 25 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$44p/m (first 6 months, then AU$54.90p/m)

Flip’s NBN 25 plan is very hard to beat. It starts at AU$44 a month for your first six months on the service, before it reverts to its standard price of AU$54.90 each month thereafter. The standard price is the lowest we can find in the market, and you’ll still receive typical evening speeds of 25Mbps. This plan is perfect if you’re in a household of just one or two people, and you need enough download speed for working from home or streaming Netflix in HD.

Total minimum cost: AU$44 | Total cost for first year: AU$593.40 | Yearly cost after discount: AU$658.80

• See more: Best NBN 25 plans

Which is the best NBN provider for gaming in Australia?

Best NBN provider for gaming: Superloop

We’d argue that gamers need to put a little extra thought into choosing an NBN provider than the average everyday user. Aside from download speeds, there’s also latency and ping times to consider, and gamers might also want the ability to prioritise online gaming traffic. In this new addition to our guide, we’ve selected Superloop as the current best NBN provider for gaming, as it boasts good stats in the relevant ACCC metrics, as well as Steam’s broadband monitoring.

SuperloopNBN 250Unlimited dataNo lock-in contractAU$85p/m (first 6 months, then AU$99p/m)

Superloop | NBN 250 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$85p/m (first 6 months, then AU$99p/m)

Superloop is the best NBN provider for gaming. Its NBN 250 plan reports a typical evening speed of 230Mbps, and according to the ACCC, Superloop has some of the lowest latency among the telcos monitored. As of the ACCC’s latest broadband report, Superloop has an average latency of 9.8ms during the busy hours of 7pm-11pm. On top of that, Steam’s stats show that Superloop has an average download rate of 69.8Mbps – the highest of any telco it monitors. We suggest trialling Superloop for six months while its NBN 250 plan is AU$85 a month, and from there you can stick around, or perhaps even move up to its NBN 1000 plan.

Total minimum cost: AU$85 | Total cost for first year: AU$1,104 | Yearly cost after discount: AU$1,188

Best NBN providers FAQ

What should I consider when choosing an NBN provider?

Speed: Consider how much download speed your household needs. An NBN 50 should be sufficient for between 2-4 people, while households of five people or more will be better off choosing an NBN provider that promises 100Mbps or more during the busy evening hours.

Price: Your budget will likely play a big part in which NBN provider you choose. You’ll want to look for a good discount for when you first sign up, but also ensure that the ongoing price remains competitive.

Data allowance: Most fixed-line NBN plans come with unlimited data, so we recommend choosing an NBN provider which offers this as standard. Some slower NBN plans such as satellite NBN and fixed wireless NBN do not come with unlimited data, however, so you may not have a choice in these instances.

Performance: You can check the real-world performance of some of the most popular NBN providers using sources such as the ACCC’s broadband reports. If the provider you’re considering isn’t monitored by the ACCC, you can also look up real user feedback on sites such as

Perks: Extra perks are not essential when choosing an NBN provider, but it may become a factor if you’re struggling to make your final decision. Perks can include the ability to increase your internet’s speed at any time, or bundled in streaming service subscriptions.

What internet speed do I need?

The internet speed you need really depends on your usage, and how many devices are connected to the internet at the same time. For example, Netflix says you’ll need internet speeds of 15Mbps or higher if you want to stream content in 4K, which means an NBN 25 plan will be sufficient.

But if there’s multiple people in your household who also want to scroll social media, game online or download files for work at the same time, we’d suggest considering at least an NBN 50 plan to avoid any lag or buffering issues.

How do I check my current internet speed?

You can easily check your current internet speed using an NBN speed test. TechRadar has a dedicated widget that will check your current download and upload speed, so you can see if the speed you’re paying for is the speed you’re actually receiving. If you’re testing over a Wi-Fi connection (as opposed to being directly plugged into the router or modem), make sure you’re in the same room as your modem or router to ensure accurate results.

How long does it take to switch NBN providers?

Switching from one NBN provider to another can be incredibly quick – the switch can happen within one hour at some providers, while others may take longer. When you change your internet provider, you might be required to reconfigure your modem, which may add to the time it takes to make the final switch.

Should I buy a modem from my internet provider or buy my own?

Most NBN providers will give you the option of receiving a telco-supplied modem when you sign up to a new plan – sometimes these are free, but often you’ll be charged for them – but you’ll likely also have the option of reusing your own if you already have one (unless you’re upgrading to a new physical internet tech – from FTTN to FTTP, for example).

There’s no real harm in buying a modem from your new internet provider, particularly if you want something convenient and pre-configured, but if you’ll be switching providers regularly it might be beneficial to buy and reuse your own.

Jasmine Gearie
Ecommerce Editor

Jasmine Gearie was previously an Ecommerce Editor at TechRadar Australia, with a primary focus on helping readers find the best mobile and NBN plans. During her time with TechRadar, she also reported on important telco news in Australia, and helped track down tech deals to help readers save money.