NBN 100 vs NBN 1000: Speed Tiers & Plans

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Move over NBN 100, there’s a new top NBN speed tier in town. NBN 1000 has been unleashed by NBN Co and is now the fastest internet a home can get in Australia. That said, it’s also the most expensive – so is it worth it?

Which one do you need? NBN 100 and NBN 1000 aren’t for everyone, especially considering only a handful of Aussie homes can actually get NBN 1000. But if you’re after the best possible download speeds on the market, you should definitely make the choice between these points. Canstar Blue has the answers for you.

At a glance: NBN 100 vs NBN 1000

NBN 100 and NBN 1000 are the fastest internet speeds in Australia for different households, depending on what’s available to you. NBN 100 is the fastest common speed, meaning you’re more likely to get this speed tier on any type of fixed NBN connection, unless said otherwise. In comparison, NBN 1000 is up to 10 times faster, but is exclusive to customers on select connection types, namely Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) and a small percentage of Hybrid-Fibre Coaxial (HFC) users.

If you’re looking for something in-between, there’s also the NBN 250 speed tier. This is available for homes on select FTTP and HFC connection types at a middle pricing-point between NBN 100 and NBN 1000.

NBN 100 vs NBN 1000: Prices Compared

NBN 100 is cheaper than NBN 1000, typically costing between $90 and $110 per month, depending on the provider you go with. Unsurprisingly, NBN 1000 is much more expensive, generally sitting at the $150 per month price point. That’s about a $50 per month difference between the two speeds, which could make or break your need for a faster connection. If you’d like to compare prices, we’ve got a table for you below.

NBN 100 plans compared

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 (excluding discounts), from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

NBN 1000 plans compared

The following table shows a selection of published unlimited NBN 1000 plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest. 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.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Kogan Logo

Diamond Unlimited

  • Home Ultrafast Speed (NBN 1000/50)
  • Modem available for $69 upfront
  • Special offer: $134.90 per month for the first 6 months, then $148.90 per month ongoing. Terms apply, offer available until withdrawn.

min. cost $148.90 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $148.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site

Power House

  • Home Ultrafast Speed (NBN 1000/50)
  • Optional modem from $149 ($15 P&H)

min. cost $149 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $149Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Ultrafast NBN

  • Ultrafast Speed (NBN 1000)
  • Typical evening speed: 250Mbps
  • $216 modem (free when you stay connected for 24 months)
  • Special offer: $99 connection fee waived (online only)
  • Special offer: 3 months free BINGE Standard. Redeem by 18/01/2021
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls included

min. cost $4,419 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $180Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

NBN 100 vs NBN 1000: Speeds Compared

For most connection types, NBN 100 is the fastest speed on offer, capable of typical evening speeds between 70Mbps and 90Mbps during peak traffic times. NBN 1000 is the fastest available speed for FTTP and select HFC customers, and typically delivers speeds of between 100Mbps and 500Mbps during the busy evening period.

Make no mistake, NBN 100 is not a slow service, and is still faster than NBN 12, NBN 25 and NBN 50. If you’re unsure of what connection type you have, contact your ISP and ask, or check the NBN Co website.

Here’s a summary of the download and upload speeds you can expect with NBN 100 and NBN 1000, as well as typical costs.

Speed Tier Max Download Speed Max Upload Speed Price Range

NBN 100

100Mbps

20Mbps

$75-$110

NBN 1000

1000Mbps

50Mbps

$135-$180

General guide only

Which providers offer NBN 100 or NBN 1000?

NBN 100 is offered by most ISPs, but NBN 1000 is only offered by a handful. Considering not many people in Australia can actually get the ‘ultra-fast’ NBN speed, it makes sense that not many providers would offer it. Below you’ll find a selection of ISPs that offer NBN 100, followed by the few providers that offer NBN 1000.

10 providers which offer NBN 100:

  • Telstra
  • Optus
  • Vodafone
  • iiNet
  • TPG
  • Aussie Broadband
  • Tangerine
  • Dodo
  • Kogan
  • Belong

6 providers which offer NBN 1000:

  • Aussie Broadband
  • Kogan
  • Superloop
  • Vodafone
  • Telstra
  • Launtel

NBN 100 vs NBN 1000: Things to keep in mind

For the most part, a casual internet user won’t notice a big difference between the two speed tiers. Both are entirely capable of speeds that will function seamlessly and quickly, however NBN 1000 will shine brightest when you’re doing huge file downloads, such as for movies or gaming. Just keep a few things in mind before you buy:

  • 1000Mbps is the highest theoretical download speed for NBN 1000, but actual speeds will most likely vary between 100Mbps and 500Mbps (accurate typical evening speeds are still being assessed).
  • The fastest theoretical upload speed is 50Mbps on NBN 1000, although you can expect speeds to sit between 30Mbps and 45Mbps.
    100Mbps is the fastest maximum download speed for NBN 100, although most ISPs report typical evening speeds between 70Mbps and 90Mbps during busy periods.
  • The maximum theoretical upload speed for most NBN 100 plans is 20Mbps, although some providers offer plans with uploads to 40Mbps. During busy periods, upload speeds vary between 10Mbps and 18Mbps, or 25Mbps and 38Mbps with a higher upload speed plan.
  • Most providers don’t offer NBN 1000, with only a handful having it available to begin with, given its limited serviceable customer base.
  • Some providers will also not service NBN 100 to certain connection types, due to concerns of not being able to reach optimal speeds.
  • If you’re going to use NBN 1000, make sure your modem is up to the task and can transmit data in speeds over 1000Mbps, otherwise your speeds will be limited.
  • Neither speed tier is available on wireless NBN connection types.

Should I get NBN 100 or NBN 1000?

If speed is on your mind, and price is no object, the choice is simple: NBN 1000 is for you, although if this isn’t available in your home, NBN 100 will suffice. Given how limited the technology to access NBN 1000 speeds is across Australian households, you’ll need to be one of the lucky few to get the ‘ultra-fast’ speed.

If you don’t have the right connection type, or don’t fancy paying the $100+ each month for your internet plan, NBN 100 is clearly the best choice for you, and is perfectly capable of supporting fast downloads and seamless streaming, even in larger homes.

Keep in mind that if you’re looking for a mid-way option, NBN 250 is still available from providers including Aussie Broadband, MyRepublic, Kogan, Vodafone, Telstra and more. These plans typically start at the $110-$130 per month mark, so definitely won’t come cheap, but do offer a slightly less expensive alternative to NBN 1000.

Will I ever be able to get NBN 1000?

In late 2020, it was announced that the NBN would be receiving a $4.5 billion investment which will see an estimated 75% of fixed-line households get access to ultra-fast NBN speeds, in a major upgrade to network connections set to be complete by 2023. This means that – at some point – your home may be able to get an NBN 1000 plan. You’ll soon be able to express your interest in getting a Fibre to the Premises connection, which you’ll have to do to get this upgrade. Alternatively, the HFC network is being upgraded as well, to ensure more homes can achieve 1000Mbps speeds.

Overall, there’s plenty of great NBN 100 and NBN 1000 plans out there, and it’s all worth looking into. We recommend checking out our database of plans to find the one that’s right for you.

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