Optus NBN Speeds

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As one of Australia’s big three telcos, Optus has a lot to live up to with its 4G, 5G and NBN offerings. With its high status as one of the most recognised and popular telco brands in the country comes the expectation of quality, and for the NBN that means getting good speeds and a consistent experience.

If you’re after an NBN plan with a bunch of great incentives, Optus is one of the right providers to think about, particularity with its hard-to-beat entertainment inclusions. But how fast is Optus NBN?

Not every provider is the same, and speeds vary greatly across the NBN. Today, we’ll be shining some light on Optus’ speeds, so you can decide if Optus’ NBN plans are right for you.

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How fast is Optus NBN?

Optus’ NBN 50 plan reaches a typical evening download speed of 44Mbps, with its NBN 100 plan hitting the heights of 80Mbps, meaning Optus is pretty average when it comes to NBN providers across the country.

Typical evening speeds refer to the average speeds experienced by customers during peak hours of between 7pm and 11pm, and are a good way of determining how fast a plan will actually be. Keep in mind that there aren’t any plans in Australia that reach the maximum speed of their NBN speed tier, and the speeds listed in this article are projected averages as reported by Canstar Blue, the ACCC and Optus.

What to expect from Optus NBN speeds

This table shows how Optus’ NBN typical evening speeds compare to their maximum theoretical speeds.

Speed Tier Max Download Speed Optus’ Typical Evening Speed*

Internet Everyday (NBN 50)

50Mbps

44Mbps

Internet Everyday and Premium Internet Speed (NBN 100)

100Mbps

80Mbps

*Speeds correct as of May 2020, Canstar Blue

In a May study, the ACCC found that Optus’ NBN offerings operate at 89.3% of their maximum plan speed, meaning its plans are consistently fast and reliable. No provider operates at 100%, and reaching 89.3% puts Optus among some of the best providers for speed consistency in the country.

The following table shows a selection of published Optus NBN 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 above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Is Optus NBN good for Netflix?

With reliable NBN speeds, both of Optus’ NBN offerings should be good for not just casual use, but also high definition and 4K streaming. Netflix has catalogued Australian providers and ranked them depending on how they perform when streaming. Optus clocks in at number two on the list, with consistent download speeds of 4.65Mbps, just below Telstra (information as of February 2020).

How do Optus NBN speeds compare?

The following table shows how Optus’ NBN plans compare to the national average on evening speeds.

Speed Tier Optus’ Typical Evening Speed Australian Average Evening Speed*

Internet Everyday (NBN 50)

44Mbps

42.6Mbps

Internet Everyday and Premium Internet Speed (NBN 100)

80Mbps

84.5Mbps

*Speeds correct as of May 2020, ACCC

Optus’ NBN 50 plan punches above the weight of the average typical evening speed as reported by the ACCC, listed at 44Mbps. However, Optus’ premium NBN 100 evening speed average is about 80Mbps, well below the recorded average across Australia.

What do customers think of Optus NBN speeds?

Optus received only three stars out of five for NBN speed & reliability in Canstar Blue’s latest review of NBN providers, placing the telco behind the best-performing brands such as Aussie Broadband, Westnet, Internode and Vodafone. The results were based on a survey of more than 2,500 households.

What impacts Optus NBN speeds?

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There’s a lot that could be causing a wrench in the gears for your home internet. There could be congestion on your line, caused by either lots of people in your area using the NBN (on HFC, FTTB, FTTC or FTTN connections) or by having lots of devices connected to your home internet. Your line could also be damaged, or your home could be far from the local NBN node.

You can read more about all this here.

How can I make my Optus NBN speed faster?

  • You may consider upgrading your Optus NBN plan to the faster premium speed. This adds $30 to your bill (as of May 2020), but almost doubles what you can expect in speeds from the evening average.
  • You could also try disconnecting all the unnecessary devices in your home, getting a new modem, or investigating your fixed line for damage.
  • If all else fails, you could also try the Technology Choice Program and change your connection to FTTP.

Is Optus NBN a good deal?

Optus is a provider worth considering if you’re after some great bundles and inclusions. With each NBN plan now bundled with a home phone, Optus is a great provider for families and anyone else who needs or wants to keep a landline. There’s great entertainment options to be had through Fetch TV and Optus Sport.

If you’re only after a super-fast NBN 100 connection, it might be worth looking around, but if you’d like a hassle-free experience from a trusted provider, Optus’ standard NBN 50 plan may be right for you. There are certainly providers out there with fastest typical evening speeds than Optus, but what the telco lacks in this regard it makes up for in perks.

If you’d like to know more about Optus’ NBN plans and prices, you can do so here.

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