Compare Australia’s Top NBN Plans

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Are you trying to figure out which internet plan best suits your data and speed needs? Canstar Blue has compiled a comparison of the biggest National Broadband Network (NBN) providers and their plans to help you decide, from the cheapest with the most basic speeds, to unlimited deals with lightning-fast downloads. If you’re in a hurry, check out the key takeouts from each provider and you’ll be better informed about your broadband options.

Before we go into details about the NBN providers we’ve compared, it’s important to understand the difference between the data download speeds you can pay for, to help you put the prices of these plans into perspective. It’s also a good idea if you check the details of your existing broadband plan, to give you a good idea of what download speed you think you will need – and what is going to represent good value for money for you.

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NBN speeds

The NBN is available on four different speed tiers that ultimately dictate how fast your internet will be and how much you will pay.

  • NBN 12: 12/1 Mbps download/upload
  • NBN 25: 25/5 Mbps download/upload
  • NBN 50: 50/20 Mbps download/upload
  • NBN 100: 100/40 Mbps: download/upload

When visiting various Internet Service Provider (ISP) websites, you might realise that you have to do some digging to find out how fast you can go for your money. So, this is what you can expect with the NBN.

The higher the speed tier, the faster your internet should be, with an emphasis on ‘should’. While the speeds listed above are theoretical and achievable, speeds in reality may change based on factors such as demand during peak periods, where you live, and even the weather. The technology through which your NBN service is delivered will also have an impact.

Generally, the faster you go, the more you will need to pay. It’s worth noting, however, that NBN 12 is not actually considered ‘superfast’ internet as it’s comparable with most standard ADSL2+ connections. Instead, NBN 25 is said to be the first superfast speed tier. Now, let’s assess what some of the biggest NBN providers are offering:

NBN article iinet

iiNet

First up is iiNet, which was taken over by the TPG Group in late 2015, but maintains its own identity and broadband plans. It has a solid reputation for good customer service, but iiNet is about more than just friendly voices when you pick up the phone, as its NBN packages will attest. Let’s break iiNet’s plans into two categories – those on NBN speed tiers 1 and 2, and those at the highest tier 4 level. There are a total of seven plans, and each includes iiNet’s Netphone (VoIP) service.

  • There are two plan options: 500GB or ‘Liimitless’ data – starting at $59.99 and $69.99 per month respectively.
  • Speed boosts are then available: NBN50 costs an extra $10 each month, and NBN100 another $10 again. Note that these two speed tiers are NBN 50 and NBN 100 respectively, and all plans on these tiers come with unlimited data.

The cheapest tier 4 100Mbps plan is priced at $99.99, and includes unlimited data. After that you could pay $109.99 or $119.99 depending on your call packs preferences. Fetch entertainment bundles are also available from an extra $5 a month, but on 24-month plans are often included at no extra cost.

These iiNet plans are available with no lock-in contract, or over 24 months. However, the former will mean you need to pay a $79.95 activation fee.

iiNet NBN key takeouts:

  • Cheap Fetch entertainment options
  • Good choice of plans for heavy data users and those with a need for speed
  • VoIP services are available. You can also add the international VoIP pack for an extra $10 per month

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NBN 12 Limiitless

  • Basic 12/1 speed
  • Fetch included

min. cost $1,679.76 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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NBN 50 Liimitless

  • Standard Plus 50/20 speed
  • Fetch included

min. cost $1,919.76 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $79.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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NBN 100 Liimitless

  • Premium 100/40 speed
  • Fetch included

min. cost $2,399.76 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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NBN 12 Liimitless

  • Basic 12/1 speed
  • Plan + $79.95 activation upfront

min. cost $149.94

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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NBN 50 Liimitless

  • Standard Plus 50/20 speed
  • Plan + $79.95 activation upfront

min. cost $159.94

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $79.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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NBN 100 Liimitless

  • Premium 100/40 speed
  • Plan + $79.95 activation upfront

min. cost 179.94

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Exetel

Exetel has been around for quite some time now, and you may not have considered them, but the brand does have some of the more competitive NBN plans out there. Unlimited data starts at under $60 a month.

  • Speed tiers available in include NBN 12, 50 and 100.
  • Jumping from 12 to 50 costs just $5 extra, while from 50 to 100 costs an extra $30 a month.

Exetel also has a very simple plan structure, with no lock-in plans attracting a $59 modem fee. Contract plans waive this fee. Home phone calls can also be added from about $10 extra per month.

Exetel NBN key takeouts:

  • Free activation and low modem costs for no lock-in contracts.
  • Cheap jump to NBN 50 speeds.
  • Some of the cheapest unlimited plans.

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Exetel

NBN Basic Unlimited (12 month contract)

  • NBN Basic Evening Speed (NBN12/1)
  • $20 Upfront

min. cost $679.88 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $54.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Exetel

NBN Basic Unlimited

  • NBN Basic Evening Speed (NBN12/1)
  • $0 Upfront

min. cost $54.99 over 1 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $54.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Exetel

NBN Standard Plus Unlimited (12 month contract)

  • NBN Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN50/20)
  • $20 Upfront

min. cost $739.88 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $59.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Exetel

NBN Standard Plus Unlimited

  • NBN Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN50/20)
  • $0 Upfront

min. cost $69.99 over 1 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Exetel

NBN Premium Unlimited (12 month contract)

  • NBN Premium Evening Speed (NBN100/40)
  • $20 Upfront

min. cost $1099.88 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Exetel

NBN Premium Unlimited

  • NBN Premium Evening Speed (NBN100/40)
  • $0 Upfront

min. cost $89.99 over 1 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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NBN article Telstra

Telstra

Telstra boasts a simple mix of NBN bundles to pick from based on varying data allowances. The first step is to decide how much data you think you’ll need, and then you can start to consider extras such as Telstra TV (which gives you access to Netflix and Stan) and Foxtel.

  • Telstra’s base NBN speed on unlimited plans is Tier 3 – 50Mbps, with speed boosts available from an extra $30 a month.
  • Speed boosts appear to be on a month-to-month basis, so you can sample them all without worrying about being locked-in for too long.
  • Data allowances vary from 100GB up to unlimited data.
  • You can opt for a month-to-month plan but be prepared to pay a $200+ set-up fees; not all plans are available as ‘Casual’ plans.
  • Unlimited data starts at $89 a month, while to get Foxtel Now you’ll have to look at paying closer to $100.

When you’re thinking about signing up to a Telstra NBN plan, look carefully at the potential start-up costs. Telstra says an additional fee of $240 may apply if you require a professional installation. And if you’re in a new development and not already connected to the NBN, a $300-odd NBN Co New Development Charge may also apply. Cancellation fees of up to and over $800 may apply as well, so you’ll want to be sure of that long-term contract.

Telstra NBN key takeouts:

  • Impressive entertainment options available (Telstra TV, Foxtel)
  • Top speeds and massive data limits available
  • Telstra is arguably the king of entertainment bundles, but be prepared to pay premium prices
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Unlimited

  • Standard Plus 50/20 Speed
  • $99 connection fee for new customers
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls included

min. cost $2,235 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited + Streaming

  • Standard Plus 50/20 Speed
  • $99 connection fee for new customers
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls included
  • Telstra TV & 24 Months Foxtel Now included

min. cost $2,475 over billing period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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NBN article iinet

Vodafone

Vodafone is the last of the ‘Big 3’ mobile carriers – after Optus and Telstra – to offer NBN plans and it’s good news. Vodafone has some downright competitive NBN deals. All plans come with unlimited data and prices start at $58 a month.

  • There are three speed tiers available: NBN 25, 50 and 100. The fastest plans start at $879 a month for existing Vodafone NBN customers, and $89 for new connections.
  • All plans come with no lock-in contract by default, but users will pay $180 upfront for the modem.
  • The modem comes with 4G backup, and is reduced to $0 over 36 months through monthly credits to your account of $5.

Vodafone is also backed by its 4G network, with all routers coming with in-built 4G backup just in case the NBN service is down for whatever reason. Vodafone also backs its plans with a 30 day network satisfaction guarantee, meaning you can leave your contract if you’re not happy. Aside from this, Vodafone also offers big bonuses such as bonus mobile data, free Netflix and other goodies from time to time.

Vodafone NBN key takeouts:

  • Simple and competitive NBN plans
  • 4G network backup
  • Exciting periodic bonuses available

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Essential NBN (Month to month contract)

  • NBN 25 Standard Evening Speed
  • $180 Upfront modem reduced to $0 over 36 months

min. cost $238 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $58.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Essentials+ NBN (Month to month contract)

  • NBN 50 Standard Plus Evening Speed
  • $180 Upfront modem reduced to $0 over 36 months
  • Plan reduced to $59 if an existing Vodafone customer

min. cost $249 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Premium NBN (Month to month contract)

  • NBN Premium Evening Speed
  • $180 Upfront modem reduced to $0 over 36 months
  • Plan reduced to $79 if an existing Vodafone customer

min. cost $269 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Mate Communicate

Yes, that’s right, there’s an internet provider called ‘Mate’ and its plans all say ‘Mate’. As you’d expect, Mate Communicate has an Aussie call centre, not to mention some dirt cheap NBN plans. Plans start at under $50 a month for unlimited data, with three speed tiers available: NBN 12, NBN 50, and NBN 100.

Mate also boasts no contracts, no setup fees and an optional modem, which attracts a $149 price. For true-blue, dinky-di NBN, It’s hard to go past the simplicity of Mate.

Mate Communicate key takeouts:

  • Competitive no-bull NBN plans
  • Some of the cheapest plans out there
  • No contracts, no set-up fees

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Good Mates

  • Basic Evening Speed 12/1
  • $149 for preconfigured modem (optional)

min. cost $59 for First month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $59Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Yeah Mates

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed 50/20
  • $149 for preconfigured modem (optional)

min. cost $69 for First month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Soul Mates

  • Premium Evening Speed 100/40
  • $149 for preconfigured modem (optional)

min. cost $99 for First month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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NBN article TPG

Dodo

Dodo has a reputation for providing cheap and cheerful home broadband, and its NBN plans are no exception. Dodo soared through our customer satisfaction ratings, earning four stars for overall satisfaction. Dodo offers two data options – 50GB or unlimited data, and once you decide how much you need, you can modify your plan according to how fast you want it and whether or not you want any additional call inclusions. There are three speed tiers on offer – 12, 25 and 50, named Standard, Turbo and Supercharged respectively:

  • Dodo’s cheapest NBN plan could cost you as little as $50 per month, however this comes with the basic download speed of 12Mbps and only 101GB data.
  • If you want your internet faster, then you can upgrade to either NBN 25 or NBN 50.
  • A tier 1, unlimited data NBN connection costs $60 per month.
  • Upgrading this plan to tier 2 will cost you an extra $5.

You have three contract choices – 24 months, 12 months or month-to-month. All but the 24 month option attracts some form of setup fee, with the month-to–month option costing over $200 in setup fees.

Dodo NBN key takeouts:

  • Some of the cheapest basic NBN plans on offer
  • Great mix of plans that are easily tailored to your data and speed requirements
  • Good balance of additional call extras for reasonable prices

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Unlimited Plan

  • NBN Basic Evening Speed (NBN12)

min. cost $1,440 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited Plan – Turbo

  • NBN Standard Evening Speed (NBN25)

min. cost $1,560 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited Plan – Supercharged

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN50)

min. cost $1,800 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $75Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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iPrimus

Another telco that starts its NBN offerings out at a very cheap base, iPrimus breaks its NBN plans into three categories based on speed tiers 1 and 3 named Basic and Supercharged. Once you’ve decided what speed you would like, you can then pick a plan based on its data allowance.

  • Unlimited data on NBN tier 1 starts at $70 a month.
  • Plans come on a 24 month basis as standard, while 12 month options cost $60 to set up and one month options attract a $100 set-up fee.
  • Expect to pay an extra $10 a month for speed boosts.

Like with many other providers in this list, iPrimus also offers plans with Fetch TV entertainment bundles. These packs start at around $80 a month on the most basic speed tier, and it includes a Fetch Mini set top box, one channel pack, unlimited data and unlimited standard national calls. This presents a potential big boost in value over the broadband-only plans and may be worth considering if you’re after more than just broadband.

iPrimus NBN key takeouts:

  • Cheap base NBN plans
  • Local and national calls included
  • Be aware of potentially significant start-up costs

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Unlimited Basic

  • Basic 12/1 Speed
  • $60 modem on 12 month plan

min. cost $1,680 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $70.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited Supercharged

  • Standard Plus 50/20 Speed
  • $60 modem on 12 month plan
  • 1 Month Free, Bonus 2000 international minutes or unlimited calls to AU Numbers on 24 month contracts

min. cost $1,920 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $80.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Entertainment Basic

  • Basic 12/1 Speed
  • $55 activation fee + $15 P&H

min. cost $1,920 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $100.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Entertainment Supercharged

  • Standard Plus 50/20 Speed
  • $55 activation fee + $15 P&H

min. cost $2,160 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $110.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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NBN article internode

Internode

First up is Internode, which is a direct subsidiary of its bigger brother below – iiNet. Internode was one of the originators of ADSL2+ internet, and now features as a top telco for NBN. Unlimited data starts at about $70 a month.

  • NBN 12, 50 and 100 speed tiers are available, labelled ‘Bronze’, ‘Gold’, and ‘Platinum’ respectively.

The top speed tier for unlimited data starts at just under $100 a month and features some of the highest ‘typical evening speeds’ in the biz, at around 87Mbps download. These plans are the same across FTTP, FTTN and FTTB NBN connections. Users can also bundle in a Fetch entertainment pack from $10 extra per month.

Internode NBN key takeouts:

  • Simple plan structures
  • Decent ‘typical evening speed’ ratings
  • Part of the iiNet family

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Internode

NBN Bronze Unlimited

  • NBN Basic Evening Speed (NBN12/1)

min. cost $1,679.76 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Internode

NBN Bronze Unlimited

  • NBN Basic Evening Speed (NBN12/1)
  • $99 Upfront

min. cost $168.99 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Internode

NBN Gold Unlimited

  • NBN Standard Plus Evening Speed(NBN50/20)

min. cost $1,919.76 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $79.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Internode

NBN Gold Unlimited

  • NBN Standard Plus Evening Speed(NBN50/20)
  • $99 Upfront

min. cost $178.99 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $79.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Internode

NBN Platinum Unlimited

  • NBN Premium Evening Speed(NBN100/40)

min. cost $2,399.76 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Internode

NBN Platinum Unlimited

  • NBN Premium Evening Speed(NBN100/40)
  • $99 Upfront

min. cost $198.99 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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MyRepublic

MyRepublic has created a lot of buzz and since its introduction to the Aussie market in 2016 it has amassed a strong following thanks to its cheap prices and no-fuss plans on offer. While you won’t get the ‘cheapest of the cheap’ prices with MyRepublic, it does offer tantalising plans – all with unlimited data.

  • All NBN fixed line plans come with NBN 50 speeds as standard with boosts to NBN 100 for $20 extra.
  • Fixed-wireless plans come with NBN 50 speeds – the maximum available.
  • Prices normally start at just $69.99 a month. However, MyRepublic is currently running a promo on month-to-month and 12-month Unlimited Essential plans, which sees customers pay just $62.95 per month.

MyRepublic does away with the lower speed tiers and instead focuses just on the top two speed tiers available. To go for a no-contract plan, you’ll have to be willing to spend a little extra, while home phone packs come as standard even on the cheapest plans. The dearest plan comes in at about $95 a month, and this gets you a call pack as well as no lock-in contract with top-tier speeds. This is still much cheaper than some other providers.

MyRepublic NBN key takeouts:

  • Some of the cheapest unlimited plans out there
  • Top NBN speed tiers as standard
  • Cheap no lock-in contract or bundled plans

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Unlimited Essential plan

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN50)
  • $1 WiFi hub upfront cost

min. cost $1,680.76 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited Essential Promo plan

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN50)
  • $1 WiFi hub upfront cost

min. cost $756.40 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $62.95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited Essential Promo plan

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN50)
  • $120 WiFi hub upfront cost

min. cost $161.95 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $62.95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Gamer Pro Essential

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN50)
  • $1 WiFi hub upfront cost

min. cost $960.88 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $79.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited Premium plan

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN100/40)
  • $1 WiFi hub upfront cost

min. cost $2160.76 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited Premium plan

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN100/40)
  • $1 WiFi hub upfront cost

min. cost $1,139.88 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited Premium plan

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN100/40)
  • $120 WiFi hub upfront cost

min. cost $209.99 over 1 month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Gamer Pro Premium

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN100/40)
  • $1 WiFi hub upfront cost

min. cost $1,140.88 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $94.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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The Top NBN Providers as Rated by ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) releases its findings into the performances of NBN providers about once every quarter. The consumer watchdog in its reports uses real-world tests and other benchmarking criteria to determine what popular provider can most consistently hit its maximum speeds. Recently it reviewed six providers – Aussie Broadband, MyRepublic, iiNet, TPG, Optus and Telstra:

  • Aussie Broadband: 88.3%
  • TPG: 85.6%
  • iiNet: 83.4%
  • Optus: 83.3%
  • Telstra: 79.9%
  • MyRepublic: 74.4%

While there are a variety of factors at play, Aussie Broadband could be considered a reliable performer, with the big guys not far behind it.

NBN article TPG

TPG

TPG faces increased competition from the likes of iiNet, Dodo and Optus, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t offer great plans. TPG breaks its NBN plans into three different categories – Standard, Boost and Superfast – all of which come with a Wi-Fi modem and are bundled with the telco’s Digital Voice Service. Each category includes three plan options based on data allowance or call inclusions.

  • Basic Plans: TPG Standard NBN plans all come with a maximum download speed of 12Mbps. The cheapest deal at $29.99 comes with just 10GB of data, while the cheapest unlimited plan will cost $59.99. In between you can get 100GB of data for $49.99.
  • Standard Plus Plans: TPG Boost plans come with a maximum download speed of 50Mbps. The standard configuration comes with unlimited data. The cheapest of these Standard Plus plans is the $69.99 package which brings local, national, mobile and international calls at PAYG rates. You can then add a voice pack for $10 a month.
  • Premium Plans: TPG’s Premium plans are for serious internet users, bringing a maximum download speed of 100Mbps. You’ll pay a minimum of $89.99, while an extra $20 will get you unlimited calls, plus unlimited calls to 11 countries and 500 minutes to India.

As you can see, TPG offers plans on speed tiers 1, 3 and 4. Unlimited plans are differentiated by varying call charges and inclusions. For example, the cheapest option of the three charges calls at pay as you go (PAYG) rates, while the more expensive options offer unlimited call allowances, and in the case of the most expensive plan, unlimited international calls to several countries.

All plans are available with no lock-in contract, or as an 18 month deal. The difference is that if you want the flexibility of leaving any time you like, you’ll need to pay a $99.95 set-up fee. TPG is also fast building its own FTTB (fibre to the basement) network set to rival the NBN itself, so watch this space.

TPG NBN key takeouts:

  • Easy to navigate product range.
  • Some of the cheapest deals from TPG group.
  • Low data options for those who want them.
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Starter Unlimited

  • Basic 12/1 Speed
  • $99.95 setup fee on no lock-in contracts
  • 3 Months free TPG Mobile on 18 month contracts

min. cost $1,109.82 over 18 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $59.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Fast Unlimited

  • Standard Plus 50/20 Speed
  • $99.95 setup fee on no lock-in contracts
  • 3 Months free TPG Mobile on 18 month contracts

min. cost $1,289.82 over 18 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Superfast Unlimited

  • Premium 100/40 Speed
  • $99.95 setup fee on no lock-in contracts
  • 3 Months free TPG Mobile on 18 month contracts

min. cost $1,649.82 over 18 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
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NBN article optus

Optus

Optus recently revamped its broadband plans, with a more streamlined approach allowing customers to more easily navigate their options and choose a bundle that’s right for them – and the headline is that all its NBN offerings now come with unlimited data. Optus is working hard to battle for its image as a premier provider, while still offering pretty cheap prices. The short and skinny is as follows:

  • Two base NBN plans: An ‘Everyday’ internet plan starting at $65 if you’re already an Optus customer, or an ‘Entertainment’ plan costing $80 a month for NBN 50 with a Fetch set top box and entertainment pack included along with Optus Sport.
  • Non-Optus customers face higher fees, starting at $75 a month.
  • Two contract options: Month-to-month, attracting a $200 set-up fee, or 24 months.
  • Speed boost: Boost your plan to NBN 100 from $30 extra per month.

The most exciting plan seems to be the $80 one, which crams a lot of extra stuff in for that $15 premium. Optus Sport ordinarily costs an extra $15 a month, while Fetch packs start at $6 a month.

Optus NBN key takeouts:

  • Probably cheaper  than you’d think.
  • Great entertainment options if you want them.
  • Fairly simple product range to select from.
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Ultra

  • Standard Plus 50/20 Speed
  • $200 upfront fee if on a no lock-in contract
  • $10 monthly discount if an existing Optus mobile customer

min. cost $1,800 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $75.00Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Ultra + Entertainment

  • Standard Plus 50/20 Speed
  • $200 upfront fee if on a no lock-in contract
  • $10 monthly discount if an existing Optus mobile customer

min. cost $2,160 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $90.00Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Ultra Premium

  • Premium 100/40 Speed
  • $200 upfront fee if on a no lock-in contract
  • $10 monthly discount if an existing Optus mobile customer

min. cost $2,520 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $105.00Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Ultra + Entertainment Premium

  • Premium 100/40 Speed
  • $200 upfront fee if on a no lock-in contract
  • $10 monthly discount if an existing Optus mobile customer

min. cost $2,880 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $120.00Advertised Data^^/billing period
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NBN article Foxtel

Foxtel

That’s right – Australia’s original pay TV provider now also does broadband plans. There are discounted rates for current pay TV customers, with internet being an optional add-on. Alternatively, any new customers can bundle both unlimited NBN with an Entertainment pack starting at $104 a month.

  • Bundling both entertainment and internet can save you money in the long run.
  • This means you can get unlimited NBN with the Standard Plus speed tier AND 45+ Foxtel channels bundled into one neat package.
  • Foxtel often includes the iQ3 box and installation at no extra cost on 24 month plans, and may even offer month-to-month options from time to time.

Most plans also include home phone calls at no extra cost. Plans come with the Standard Plus NBN 50 speed tier as standard, with Premium 100 speeds an optional extra.

Foxtel NBN key takeouts:

  • Comprehensive NBN + Entertainment packages.
  • Foxtel often includes installation and the iQ3 box at no extra cost.
  • Can work out cheaper than if you sourced internet and entertainment separately.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Unlimited Broadband + Entertainment

  • Standard Plus 50/20
  • Standard Install Fee – $100, iQ3 equipment fee – $125, modem fee $140, bundle activation fee – $99 – Total $464

min. cost $1712 over 12 month plan period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $104Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Unlimited Broadband + Drama

  • Standard Plus 50/20
  • Standard Install Fee – $100, iQ3 equipment fee – $125, modem fee $140, bundle activation fee – $99 – Total $464

min. cost $1952 over 12 month plan period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $124Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Unlimited Broadband + Sport

  • Standard Plus 50/20
  • Standard Install Fee – $100, iQ3 equipment fee – $125, modem fee $140, bundle activation fee – $99 – Total $464

min. cost $2060.03 over 12 month plan period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $133Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Unlimited Broadband + Platinum HD

  • Standard Plus 50/23
  • Standard Install Fee – $100, iQ3 equipment fee – $125, modem fee $140, bundle activation fee – $99 – Total $464

min. cost $2912.03 over 12 month plan period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $204Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Other NBN providers

In this report we have reviewed the NBN plans of six major service providers, but it’s important to know that there are numerous other telcos out there all desperate to get you connected. You can learn about more of them in our article named The best NBN providers you’ve never heard of. Who knows, you may even find much better value! Several other smaller, but nevertheless popular telcos to offer NBN plans are as follows:

The NBN is still being rolled out across the nation, and as such it’s still in its infancy. Like with any new technology, prices are still quite high and plans are generally more expensive than regular ADSL2+ plans for the speed you stand to receive. Quite often you are going to struggle to pay under $90 a month for unlimited data on tier 4, and many tier 1 plans are expensive for the amount of data you get, coupled with the relatively modest speeds afforded to you. However, the bonus is that costs should decrease and level out over time as the whole nation is hopefully covered by some form of NBN. When it comes to your suburb, you have many, many options to navigate.

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