The Best NBN 100 Plans

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Not all internet providers are equal – especially when it comes to the NBN.

There’s about a million different factors that can affect the speed and quality of your connection, which can make signing up for a new plan feel a bit like wandering through a minefield. No one wants to get stuck with a dud service.

Thankfully, some providers have been doing a bang-up job of delivering high quality NBN, and thanks to the ACCC’s “Measuring Broadband Australia” program – which relies on real world testing data from Australian households – we’ve got a better idea of who they are.

The ACCC released its third report on real-world NBN speeds at the end of last year, and the results were mostly good. While there's always room for improvement, most fixed-line NBN customers are consistently getting close to the speeds they're paying for.

TPG came out on top, delivering peak hour speeds that were 88.4% of plan maximums, while previous champion Aussie Broadband followed at 85.8%. iiNet and Optus were close behind with 84.8% and 84%, respectively. Lastly, Telstra and MyRepublic racked up 83.5% and 82.1% of their maximum speeds during busy periods.

These speed reports are still quite new, and only encompass 790 individual NBN connections across 15 internet service providers, so they're not necessarily the be all and end all. At the same time, they're quite encouraging; it's hard to complain if you’re getting peak hour download speeds between 80Mbps and 90Mbps.

Here's a look at how these providers price their Premium Evening Speed NBN 100 plans:

Telstra doesn't sell NBN 100 plans as a standalone product. If you want NBN 100 speeds on Telstra, you'll need to sign up for one of the NBN 50 plans below first. If your physical connection to the NBN is fast enough, you'll then be able to upgrade to a 100Mbps plan for an extra $30 per month.

If you are keen to go with Telstra, the good news is it's waiving the usual $240 setup fee on month-to-month plans up until February 25. Unless you want 24-months of Foxtel Now (valued at $25 per month) and a Telstra TV bundled with your NBN, this is the best option right now.

Since the current scope of the ACCC's speed monitoring is a little bit limited, here are a few more NBN plans from providers not currently included in the report.

Pricing for these is similar to the previous plans, but there are a few offers worth mentioning. SpinTel will do a 500GB NBN 100 plan for just $69.95, provided you’re happy committing to 18 months. This is currently one of the cheapest NBN 100 plans around.

If you don’t want to sign a contract, Sumo and Click Broadband are also quite cheap thanks to discounts on your first six months of service. And since the plans are available with no-contract, you can always leave after the promo runs out.


Alex Choros is Managing Editor at WhistleOut, Australia's phone and internet comparison website. He's now had far too many phone plan related dreams.


Comments

    I can finally say this might actually be relevant to me in 5 or 6 months. Unless of course they change the rollout plan... again.

    Mixed.. Aussie broadband getting attention they deserve vs as market share increases better chance of what happened to iinet happening to them. Dont want them to get bought out from under them. Nbn co though are even more annoying than telstra as a wholesaler. Telstra charges everyone to fix their broken things while NBN co being government cant if you lodge fault they refuse to acknowlege there is an issue until it goes away. They literally said they couldnt see constant disconnections dispite aussie giving them a log and then claimed because there is more than one phone port in the house despite nothing else plugged in I needed to pay for a sparky to come out and disconnect the unused port.

    If you want to go higher than 100 / 40, Aussie Broadband has no competition last I checked so I'm locked in there. Thankfully they seem to be a good quality, conscientious company. Like Internode and iiNet used to be.

      +1 for AussieBB, they're fantastic.

    Getting connected to NBN this month. No too happy about getting kicked off Optus' cable onto an inferior, more expensive product.

      This seriously worries me! I'm sitting on 118Mbps and it's absolutely flawless, I don't want to change! (Telstra cable)

    Wonder what the congestion is like on spintel, probably terrible for that price in my experiences.

    ATM I'm using Future Broadband for $85 with 800GB download, somehow isn't on this list, appears FBB have lowest congestion of all the isps I've tried so far.. ABB has some broken international links atm fyi...

    FBB has a contract however if I remember correctly, and a signup fee..

      Just checked on Whirlpool and yeah, some people real unhappy with spintel, just as expected.

    Can I grumble that this article won't be relevant to me until 2020?

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