The secret, super-fast NBN speeds you don’t know about

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Ever since Telstra boss Andrew Penn decried the current state of the NBN, rallying against NBN Co’s restrictive wholesale pricing model and exhorting the wholesaler to do more to protect the future of the NBN, there has been extra scrutiny on a network that has always proved contentious. However, putting aside this debate for a moment, the casual observer would be surprised to find reference in Mr Penn’s blog post to some so-called ‘super-fast’ NBN tiers which are later revealed to operate at 250Mbps, 500Mbps and 1Gbps download speeds. Yes, you read that correctly.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the NBN maxes out at the ‘premium’ speed tier (100/40) given that this is what the majority of retailers promote. Even outside of retailer offerings, there has been little to no publicity on these ‘super-fast’ speed tiers. And Mr Penn acknowledges this in his blog, imploring NBN Co to lower the wholesale cost of these tiers to make them more affordable for retailers and consequently, more accessible to consumers.

For a network that has been consistently plagued by consumer dissatisfaction with speed, you can imagine how prohibitively expensive these super-fast tiers must be to discourage retailers from even offering them to consumers in the first place.

Ultra Fast NBN 250 downstream pricing

How can I get this truly super-fast NBN speed?

Aussie Broadband is the only retailer currently offering a selection of these ‘super-fast’ speeds to retail customers. But even then, you have to do a bit of extra digging as these don’t form part of its standard ‘popular’ plan offerings. Rather, the consumer has to navigate to the ‘Build Your Own’ section of Aussie Broadband’s NBN page where the ‘Super-Fast’ (150Mbps) and ‘Ultra-Fast’ (250Mbps) speeds are part of the custom offerings. In fact, the 150Mbps speed tier seems to be unique to Aussie Broadband users.

As you would expect, these plans aren’t cheap. For 500GB of data on the 150Mbps tier, you would be forking out $150 a month, which goes up to $230 a month if you want the maximum 3000GB plan. It’s even more expensive if you’re after the Ultra-Fast variant (250Mbps) with $170 per month getting you 500GB of data, and $250 securing you 3000GB at that speed. To put these figures into perspective, the average price for the premium (100/40) NBN tier on Canstar Blue’s comparison table is $93 per month.

  • Even if you’re prepared to pay extras for these speed tiers, you would need to live in one of only 1.7 million Australian residences that are connected to the NBN by fibre to the premises (FTTP) – or be prepared to pay thousands out-of-pocket to upgrade to an FTTP connection. 

It’s also important to acknowledge that consumer dissatisfaction with NBN speed has rarely been about the speeds advertised by retailers but rather the actual speeds they receive after they’re connected, especially during peak periods. If NBN Co do heed Telstra’s call for lower wholesale pricing on these ‘super-fast’ tiers, it will be interesting to see how many retailers adopt these into their offerings and how many consumers determine that the additional cost is worthwhile.

NBN 100 plans: providers compared

The below table features a selection of comparable published unlimited data Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of lowest monthly cost to highest, then by alphabetical order of providers. Use our comparison tool below to see all plans available on Canstar Blue’s database. These are products with links to referral partner.

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

XXL Speed Boost

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • Optional modem from $89.90 upfront
  • Special offer: $79.90 per month for first 6 months, then $89.90 ongoing

min. cost $79.90 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $79.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
MyRepublic Logo

Unlimited Premium Promo plan

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • Optional WiFi hub from $1 + $10 delivery fee
  • Special offer:  $84.95 per month for first 12 months, then $89.95 per month ongoing

min. cost $1030.40 over 12 months (includes WiFi hub)

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $84.95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

Premium NBN (Month to month contract)

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • $180 upfront modem reduced to $0 over 36 months
  • Special offer: Bonus Vodafone TV and Google Home Mini. Ends 01/04/19

min. cost $269 for first month

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

NBN Premium Unlimited

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • $79 set up fee upfront
  • Exetel ZTE modem included (valued at $140)

min. cost $168.99 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
TPG Logo

NBN100 SL

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • $99.95 setup fee on no lock-in contracts

min. cost $1,649.82 over 18 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Belong Logo

NBN Premium

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • $60 upfront modem
  • $80 mobile credit

min. cost $155 over first month plan period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Start Logo

As Fast as it Gets

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • Included WiFi modem

min. cost $1,835 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site

Power User

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • Optional modem $149 ($15 P&H)

min. cost $99 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
iiNet Logo

Ultimate

  • NBN Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • Fetch TV available for $59.99 upfront
  • WiFi modem included ($10 delivery fee)

min. cost $2,409.76 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Internode

NBN Platinum Unlimited

  • NBN Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • WiFi Modem included ($15 delivery may apply)

min. cost $2,399.76 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Unlimited with Speed Boost

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • $216 modem (free when you stay connected for 24 months)
  • Special offer: $99 connection fee waived (online only)
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls included

min. cost $336 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $120Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

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