What is the Premium NBN 100 speed?

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It can be confusing at the best of times picking out the right internet plan. With the National Broadband Network largely already rolled out, if you’re not connected it’s probably only a matter of time until you are. This presents another layer of complexity to your buying criteria – what speed tier should you get? There are four speed tiers and it can be confusing as to what one is right for you. We’ve covered the two most popular tiers – NBN 12 and NBN 50 and now it’s time for NBN 100, the ‘Premium’ speed tier.

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What is Premium NBN 100?

Premium NBN – or NBN 100 – represents the fastest speed tier available on the national network. With 100Mbps maximum download speeds, users can theoretically download up to 12.5MB of content every second. This means a full-length HD movie could be downloaded in as little as around two minutes.

The speed tier also comes with maximum upload speeds of 40Mbps, making it well-suited for people that need to upload large files to servers, videos to YouTube and more.

  • ‘Downloads’ means things you get from the internet to you (for example, browsing, downloading content, streaming and social media).
  • ‘Uploads’ means things you upload to the internet (for example, pictures to Facebook, videos to YouTube and more).

With the Premium speed tier, you can theoretically do a lot more than you could on your old ADSL connection, but in many cases, you’ll be paying a price premium for the privilege.

Premium NBN 100 Internet Plans

Premium NBN 100 is best-suited to those needing to download and upload hefty files, maintain multiple streams, online gaming and more. For light users or small households, NBN 50 or NBN 12 might be more appropriate as the price premium you pay for NBN 100 can be quite pronounced.

There are also fewer data-capped plans floating around on the Premium speed tier; unlimited data seems to be the bread & butter of many telcos. It’s not unrealistic to expect unlimited data here to cost less than $90 a month; however, watch out for setup fees, lengthy contracts and other gotchas. Below are some of the cheapest NBN 100 plans on our database with unlimited data. These are sponsored products.

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

Ultra

  • Premium Evening Speed 100/40
  • $149 for preconfigured modem (optional)
  • $10 monthly discount for first six months, reverts to $99 after

min. cost $89 for First month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Mate Logo

Soul Mates

  • Premium Evening Speed 100/40
  • $149 for preconfigured modem (optional)
  • $10 monthly discount for first six months, reverts to $99 after

min. cost $89 for First month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

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 $89Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
MyRepublic Logo

Unlimited Premium plan

  • Premium Evening Speed(NBN100/40)
  • $1 Upfront

min. cost $2,160.76 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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What can I use Premium NBN 100 for?

Premium NBN is good for intensive users, heavy downloaders, larger households and online gamers seeking to download expansion packs and potentially achieve a better performance online.

  • Assuming your plan is operating at full speed capacity, you could theoretically download 12.5MB of content per second (there are eight bits in a byte).
  • Netflix recommends for a HD stream you have enough bandwidth for 5Mbps, meaning a 100Mbps stream could theoretically support quite a few streams.

If you’ve got many devices connected, such as phones, laptops, TVs, appliances and more, an NBN 100 plan could be for you. In the real world, speeds for the NBN 100 tier can vary wildly based on how much your provider provisions for it, your router, congestion and more.

However, for the everyday user, the price premium over NBN 50 may not be worth it. Often, prices for unlimited data plans are $30+ dearer than the next speed tier down, which might be enough for all but the most intensive users.

Premium NBN 100 Evening Speeds Explained

You’ve probably noticed that NBN providers often prefer to advertise ‘typical evening speeds’. Typical evening speeds denote speeds that you’ll probably experience in peak busy times between the hours of 7pm and 11pm.

  • Peak periods are when a lot of people are home from school and work, streaming, gaming and more – other households can affect YOUR internet speed. Sounds unfair, but that’s how it is.

Below are some popular internet providers and their advertised typical evening speeds. Note that just because a speed seems lower doesn’t mean you should necessarily discount them!

Provider Plan Name Evening Speed (Download)
Aussie Broadband Power User 90Mbps
Exetel Premium 83Mbps
Internode Platinum 80.5Mbps
TPG NBN 100 80.2Mbps
Optus Ultra 80Mbps
Telstra Unlimited Premium 80Mbps
iiNet NBN 100 78.5Mbps
Belong Premium 60Mbps

Source: Respective provider websites, correct as at September 2018

Note that these are advertised speeds only; your own personal experience may differ, especially in peak periods. Also note that not all providers advertise their evening speeds.

Is Premium NBN 100 Right for Me?

If you’re a heavy user in a household full of streamers, Premium NBN may be suitable. However, the question of ‘value’ must come into play, as it often represents a disproportionate step up in terms of cost over slower NBN speed tiers. Adding to that, speeds are not guaranteed and telcos are generally reluctant to put you on this speed tier straight away – they’d prefer to test your connection first to make sure you can actually achieve the speeds!

NBN Co – Check Select Connect

As part of clearing the fog surrounding choosing an NBN plan, NBN Co – the company responsible for the rollout of the network across the country – has launched a campaign in order to get consumers onto the right plan. It’s called ‘Check, Select, Connect’. It urges users to:

  • Check their internet usage habits plus the number of devices connected in peak times. Do your kids have devices? Do you love to stream?
  • Select the right speed for their household’s needs with an internet provider.
  • Connect the right Wi-Fi modem in the right place and to contact their provider for any further advice needed.

The campaign was designed to help households get on the right plan and to clear any confusion about speeds, jargon and other confusing terms. If you’ve got multiple devices connected in peak times, with multiple streams going, NBN 100 could be suitable. On the other hand, there may be little use for the speed tier if all you need is email and light browsing.

Should I get a Premium NBN 100 Plan?

The Premium NBN speed tier represents the fastest of what’s available on most connections, and often with a price tag to match. Users must weigh up the value versus speed benefit before jumping into any plan, but especially on this speed tier.

  • Often NBN 100 plans are disproportionately more expensive with many providers than slower speed tiers
  • Expect unlimited data to cost no less than about $85 a month, with some providers charging over $100.

However, if you’re in a fair-sized household and have to maintain multiple streams, an NBN 100 plan could well be the way to go. Further to that, if you have to download large files or upload large files to YouTube or other sites, the Premium tier might be able to get it done quicker and with less headaches. Overall, the Premium speed tier suits a fairly niche range of people; it’s not for everyone, but it may give you the best shot at having a ‘fast’ connection. After all, that’s what the NBN was supposed to deliver!

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