Looking for a new NBN plan but don’t know where to start? Sorting through the hundreds of options available might seem a daunting process, but it doesn’t have to be. Perhaps the most important part in choosing an NBN plan is finding one on the right speed tier for your needs.
While broadband performance can differ between NBN providers (and not to mention your home connection type and potential network congestion), the speed you choose can have the greatest impact on your overall NBN experience. Every household is different, so knowing the internet needs of your home and family will help to determine which NBN speed tier is best suited to you.
Is NBN 50 the best NBN speed?
The NBN 50 speed tier, also known as Home Standard speed (previously referred to as Standard Plus), is the most popular NBN speed tier and suits a wide range of platforms. It’s also widely available from a large range of providers, and is compatible with many different NBN connection types.
NBN Co recommends that this speed tier is best suited for households of three or four people (or smaller households) who are online at the same time, and for activities including high-definition (1080p) video streaming, downloading files and playing online games. This tier is also suitable for working from home (including video conferencing), in addition to more basic activities like web and social media browsing, checking email and streaming music.
As you can see, this speed covers a wide range of uses and household sizes, which is no wonder why it’s the most commonly offered speed tier. According to research conducted by Canstar Blue in 2020, 29% of survey respondents stated they are on the NBN 50 speed tier — the highest number of respondents who knew which speed tier they were on (31% did not know which speed plan they were on).
Compare NBN plans with NBN 50 speeds
If NBN 50 sounds like the right speed plan for you, there are plenty of providers to choose from. While you might be tempted to choose a provider with a name you’re more familiar with, like Telstra, Optus or TPG, the smaller and lesser known telcos – such as Aussie Broadband, Superloop and Tangerine – provide some serious competition with more competitive prices or, in the case of Aussie Broadband, a growing number of satisfied customers (Aussie Broadband has been rated Best NBN Provider in Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers ratings for NBN Providers in both 2019 and 2020).
Of course, budget will also come into play for you, and there are some seriously cheap NBN plans on this speed tier with discounts on offer from many providers. Whatever you’re after, it’s worth comparing NBN plans from a range of providers to help you find the best deal 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 monthly cost (including discounted prices), from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our NBN comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.