What is a good NBN upload speed?

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When we’re talking about the NBN, the main thing we get caught up with is download speeds, but depending on how you use the internet at home – and what for – upload speed may be just as, or even more, important to you. It’s easy to overlook upload speed given its smaller number compared with the huge double-digits of download speeds, which are often the main selling point of NBN plans. But your upload speed might be more important than you think. Let’s jump into it.

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What is NBN upload speed?

NBN upload speed is the speed at which you can upload data and content to the internet, and applies to the second number in your plan’s name or speed tier (for example, the 5 in NBN 25/5). Typically, it’s not too important to a plan, and any upload speed should be fine for general browsing and casual use. However, your upload speed is something to consider if you’re a power user, content creator, or if you rely heavily on the internet for your business (say, if you do lots of video calls, webinars or live streaming).

Considering most Australian households use the internet for things that typically don’t require a huge upload speed, such as web browsing, social media and streaming services, upload speed shouldn’t be a huge concern for most people when shopping around for a plan. However, having a good upload speed certainly proves its worth when you need it, such as when you are video calling or playing online games and want to avoid lag, .

What is a good NBN upload speed?

A ‘good’ NBN upload speed can reasonably be considered 5Mbps or higher, although this really depends on the NBN speed tier you’re paying for. For a budget plan, 5Mbps is good, but if you are paying the big bucks for a faster plan, you should be aiming for around 20Mbps or better.

You can test your upload speed, as well as download speeds, by running an internet speed test in your browser. Just Google ‘speed test’ and you’ll be in safe hands.

Good NBN upload speeds go hand-in-hand with good NBN download speeds, in that if you’re paying for a good download speed, you’ll also be paying for a good upload speed. Unfortunately you can’t separate your upload speed from your download speed and create a plan catering to your needs, although you can get plans that have higher than normal upload speeds on some speed tiers from some providers.

For example, premium NBN 100 plans now come with upload speeds of either 20Mbps or 40Mbps, depending on your choice of plan or provider. Both options feature downloads of up to 100Mbps, but plans with a slower upload speed of 20Mbps tend to be around $10 per month cheaper than their NBN 100/40 equivalents. If downloading and streaming is important to you, but you’re not regularly sending or uploading large files or data, you’re probably better off on an NBN 100/20 plan, rather than paying more for NBN 100/40.

NBN plans with good upload speeds

You’ll find the best upload speeds come with more expensive plans, where you’ll also find the best download speeds. Below you’ll find a table of NBN 50 and NBN 100 plans, which offer top theoretical upload speeds of between 20Mbps and 40Mbps.

The following table shows a selection of published cheap 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 a referral partner.

The following table shows a selection of published cheap 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.

What is the best NBN upload speed?

The best NBN upload speed you can theoretically achieve is 50Mbps, although to get anywhere near this you will have to splash out on an NBN 1000 plan. Along with NBN 250, these speed tiers are not widely available to the general public and are only possible with certain NBN connection types. Though if these speeds are available to you, they’re certainly worth checking out.

NBN 250 Plans Compared

The following table shows selected published unlimited Aussie Broadband, MyRepublic and Kogan NBN plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of their 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
MyRepublic Logo

Unlimited NBN Superfast – Flexi

  • NBN 250/25Mbps speed
  • Optional WiFi hub+ modem for $69 upfront plus $10 P&H

min. cost $109 over one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $109Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Kogan Logo

Platinum Unlimited

  • Home Superfast Speed (NBN 250/25)
  • Modem available for $69 upfront
  • Special offer: $116.90 per month for the first 6 months, then $128.90 per month ongoing. Terms apply, offer available until withdrawn.

min. cost $128.90 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $128.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site

Power User

  • Home Superfast Speed (NBN 250/25)
  • Optional modem from $149 ($15 P&H)

min. cost $129 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $129Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Aussie Broadband Unlimited Superfast (NBN 250) and Ultrafast (NBN 1000) Plans

The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Aussie Broadband NBN 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

Power User

  • Home Superfast Speed (NBN 250/25)
  • Optional modem from $149 ($15 P&H)

min. cost $129 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $129Advertised 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
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

My Republic Unlimited Superfast (NBN 250)

The following table shows a selection of published unlimited MyRepublic NBN 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
MyRepublic Logo

Unlimited NBN Superfast – Flexi

  • NBN 250/25Mbps speed
  • Optional WiFi hub+ modem for $69 upfront plus $10 P&H

min. cost $109 over one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $109Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
MyRepublic Logo

Unlimited NBN Superfast – 12 Months

  • NBN 250/25Mbps speed
  • Included rental WiFi hub+ modem: $1 upfront plus $10 P&H

min. cost $1,319 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $109Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
MyRepublic Logo

Gamer Pro Superfast – Flexi

  • NBN 250/25Mbps speed
  • Optional WiFi hub+ modem for $69 upfront plus $10 P&H

min. cost $119 over one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $119Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
MyRepublic Logo

Gamer Pro Superfast – 12 Months

  • NBN 250/25Mbps speed
  • Included rental WiFi hub+ modem: $1 upfront plus $10 P&H

min. cost $1,439 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $119Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Kogan Unlimited Superfast (NBN 250) and Ultrafast (NBN 1000) Plans

The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Kogan NBN 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

Platinum Unlimited

  • Home Superfast Speed (NBN 250/25)
  • Modem available for $69 upfront
  • Special offer: $116.90 per month for the first 6 months, then $128.90 per month ongoing. Terms apply, offer available until withdrawn.

min. cost $128.90 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $128.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

NBN upload speeds compared

The ACCC releases quarterly reports on internet performance data about download and upload speeds. As of May 2020, the fastest performing provider for NBN upload speeds is Exetel, sitting at an average of 88.3% of optimal performance during peak hours (7pm to 11pm). You can find providers and their performance in the latest findings below.

Provider Average upload speed performance

Exetel

88.3%

TPG

87%

Optus

86.8%

iiNet

84.2%

MyRepublic

83.9%

Aussie Broadband

82.9%

Telstra

82.7%

Dodo & iPrimus

82.2%

Vodafone

82.2%

Source: ACCC NBN speed report, May 2020.

Should I worry about my upload speed?

Having a super-fast upload speed is obviously great, but it’s not essential, especially if you don’t do lots of uploading. Anything that involves actively inputting data onto the internet through file uploads, messages or interactions technically requires an upload speed, but there’s no need to have a super fast one, unless you need it for your business (or you just take fast internet speeds very seriously)!

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