A decade after it was first announced and the NBN rollout has been declared complete, so the vast majority of Australians now have access to the National Broadband Network in some form.
Here, we’ll drill down on the best NBN plans currently on offer, whether you’re looking for the most affordable option, the highest speeds or the best overall value. Click the links below to jump ahead to the speed you’re after:
Current NBN deals
We’ve detailed our plan recommendations below, but before we get into that, we want to highlight some great deals that are currently available on NBN plans:
- Internode: save AU$20p/m for 6 months on NBN 50 plans (from AU$59.99)
- Kogan: save AU$34p/m for 6 months on NBN 250 (AU$94.90)
- Kogan: save AU$44p/m for 6 months on NBN 1000 (AU$104.90)
- Tangerine: save AU$15p/m for 6 months on NBN 25, 50, 100 and 250 plans (from AU$44.90)
- Telstra: save AU$20p/m for 6 months on NBN 100 (from AU$90)
- Telstra: save AU$50p/m for 6 months on NBN 250 and 1000 plans (from AU$90)
Best NBN plans
We’ve compared all NBN plans currently available and picked the best plan for each speed tier below.
There are a couple of caveats you should consider when it comes to the high-speed NBN 250 or NBN 1000 plans. These tiers are only available on two types of NBN connection – fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) and hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC).
With NBN 1000 plans, while all FTTP connections can sign up for 1000Mbps, that speed will only work with a select subset of HFC installations – estimated to be roughly 7% of the total.
Best NBN 50 plan
The best option for most users
After facing some serious competition from Spintel, Tangerine has snatched the 'Best NBN 50' title back with this choice deal. The internet provider is now slashing AU$15 off the plan each month for six months, so you’ll pay AU$54.90 each billing for the first half of the year. Tangerine offers a typical evening speed of 42Mbps on this plan – not bad for the cheapest NBN 50 plan on the market.
Total minimum cost is AU$54.90View Deal
Best NBN 100 plan
Our top choice for multi-user households and those who want a bit more speed
Spintel has edged out Tangerine this month with the best (and second-cheapest) NBN 100 plan we can find. You’ll get a discount on your first six months with the service, so you’ll first pay AU$74 a month before the price reverts back to the standard AU$84.95. Even once the initial discount ends, it’s still one of the cheapest options you’ll find in this tier. For the price, you’ll be getting a solid typical evening speed of 90Mbps.
Total minimum cost is AU$74View Deal
Best NBN 250 plan
If you need ludicrous download speeds, this one's a goer
Telstra’s not a name we’d typically expect to see take out our 'Best NBN 250' crown, but the telco giant has drastically cut the cost on its NBN 250 plan. You can now get this super-fast speed for AU$90 a month, which is the same cost as Telstra’s NBN 50 plan. That pricing only applies for your first six months, after which it’ll jump up to AU$140 each billing period. If you’re not keen on paying the increased amount, you can always move down to a cheaper plan. For the price, you can expect a typical download speed of 230Mbps.
Total minimum cost over 24 months is AU$3,060View Deal
Best NBN 1000 plan
The fastest you can get, but only available in select locations
While this isn’t the cheapest plan in this insanely fast speed tier – that honour goes to MyRepublic – we would argue that it’s one of the best you can get. Aussie Broadband is currently offering its NBN 1000 plan for AU$119 a month, which is a saving of AU$30 each billing. That price is available for your first six months with the telco, after which it bumps up to the regular cost of AU$149 a month – use the code FAST30 to redeem the offer.
Total minimum cost is AU$119View Deal
Best NBN plans: major telcos
If you’re looking for an NBN plan from one of Australia’s three major providers, these are our plan recommendations:
Best Telstra NBN plan
We rated it as the best NBN 250 plan on the market, and we’re also choosing it as the best NBN plan you can get with Telstra. That’s because new customers will pay AU$90 a month for their first six months on the service, which is the same cost as Telstra’s NBN 50 plan. After the discount ends, your bill will increase to AU$140 a month, but you can avoid the price hike by moving down to a lower speed plan. Telstra says customers can expect a typical download speed of 230Mbps during peak periods.
Total minimum cost over 24 months is AU$3,060
Best Optus NBN plan
Optus has historically performed well in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) quarterly report, often achieving the highest average download speed among the telco’s monitored. On Optus’ NBN 50 plan, you’ll get unlimited data and typical download speeds of 50Mbps for AU$75 a month. Optus Sport is also included as standard, and the telco’s modem comes with 4G backup. You’ll need to pay a AU$99 start-up fee, but if you stick with Optus over 36 months, you won’t have to pay for the modem (usually AU$252).
Total minimum cost is AU$327View Deal
Best TPG NBN plan
TPG is a favourite for delivering solid, reliable speeds at a bargain price. The ISP typically ranks well in the ACCC’s reporting, delivering typical evening speeds of 48Mbps. If you sign up for six months, TPG will waive the usual AU$99 setup fee. However, note that a AU$10 modem delivery fee applies. While this plan is cheaper than what’s on offer from the big telcos, be mindful that you could face a contract payout fee of up to AU$350 if you decide to leave early.
Total minimum cost over 6 months is AU$429.94View Deal
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NBN connection types: what you need to know
Australia’s NBN was first proposed as a high-speed network of fibre-optic cable that would reach every home in the country. Following a change in government, that’s not what we've ended up with, with the final rollout combining a mix of old and new technologies.
While the NBN is made up of a multi-technology mix, it’s important to know that you don’t have a choice in what technology is available to you. Different connection types have been built in different areas, so it’s entirely dependent on where you live. Below, we lay out the connection types across the network, and what they mean.
FTTP is a fibre-optic line that runs directly to your home, and therefore is the best type of connection you can have. It requires a device to be installed in your home, and is what was originally intended for every household in Australia when the NBN was first announced.
An FTTB connection is most commonly used for connecting apartment blocks and similar buildings to the NBN. In this instance, a fibre-optic line runs to the building’s communications room, and existing technology such as copper wiring is used to connect each apartment from there.
Hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC)
An HFC connection uses existing pay TV (Foxtel) or cable network as the final connection to households. The HFC line will run from your home to the nearest available fibre node.
FTTC is when the fibre-optic cable extends a little closer to your home by connecting to a distribution unit located outside on the street. From there, it uses the copper phone line to run the last leg into your home.
The majority of Australian households – around 4.7 million – are using FTTN technology. This connection type uses existing copper phone wire to make the final connection to the home from a central node in your neighbourhood. The distance of your home to the node will affect the average speeds you can reach, so if your home is more than 700m from the node, it’s not advisable to choose an NBN 100 plan.
Fixed Wireless connections are used to reach regional and remote areas. Homes in these areas will access the NBN from a transmission tower through an antenna installed on their roof.
Sky Muster satellite
The NBN’s Sky Muster satellite technology is also used to reach regional and remote communities. It requires a satellite dish to be installed on the premises, to which the NBN is received through satellite.
Other factors to consider
It’s important to note these recommendations do not take into consideration other factors which could make certain deals a better option for you. For instance, do you already have a Telstra or Optus mobile plan and home phone line? If so, sometimes combining them with their respective NBN plans could save you some money.
When applying for a new NBN deal, make sure you’re not already signed up to a contract you can’t get out of – most contracts are on 12 or 18 month terms, so it’s important to contact your current provider before committing to anything else.
Another thing worth noting is some services may not be available in your area. If a particular deal seems good to you, head over to the provider’s website to find out if it’s available at your address.