Best NBN plans for working from home

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Across the country, Aussies are being sent home to work or study remotely in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Naturally this means that we’re relying on our home internet connection more than ever to keep us working and to stay connected to our colleagues, but you might find your NBN connection isn’t quite up to speed to cope with your internet needs.

Let’s take a look at what NBN speeds are best suited for working from home, and at some of the cheapest plans available on these speed tiers.

What NBN speed do I need for working from home?

There are four standard NBN speed tiers available — NBN 12, NBN 25, NBN 50 and NBN 100 — with varying upload and download speeds on each. While normal day-to-day home use of the internet tends to need more download bandwidth than upload, at work you might find you need to upload more files, especially large files.

If your work requires you to upload large files regularly, you might find this already rules out the NBN 12 and NBN 25 speed tiers, as NBN 12 comes with a 1Mbps maximum upload and NBN 25 has up to 5Mbps upload. NBN Co does recommend that the NBN 50 speed tier is ‘ideal for working from home’ with its 50Mbps download and 20Mbps upload limits. However, anyone downloading and uploading large files might find NBN 100 is a better option with its 100Mbps download and 40Mbps upload speeds.

However, there is a catch to all of this. The speeds available and the speeds you might experience at home can differ depending on a range of factors, including the type of NBN connection you have at your home (FTTP, FTTN, FTTB, HFC, etc), the time of day, and network congestion at that time. NBN Co has also recently introduced a new Premium option with 100Mbps download and 20Mbps upload speeds, so this means that you won’t have as much upload bandwidth as the typical NBN 100 plan.

Keep in mind that access to these faster-speed internet plans does depend on what is available in your area and the connection type you have. To check if you’re eligible for a particular NBN speed tier, you can always enter your address on the website of your provider of choice to see which plans are available to you, and check on the NBN Co website to find what your connection type is.

NBN 50 plans for working from home

If the Standard Plus NBN 50 speed tier is the right NBN speed for you, the following table shows a selection of published unlimited Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

NBN 100 plans for working from home

If you’d prefer the Premium NBN 100 speed tier, the following table shows a selection of published unlimited Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

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