Best business NBN plans in Australia

Your one-stop spot for a breakdown of the best business NBN plans in terms of speed, price, features and support.

Published on November 18, 2021
5 min read

So you’re in the market for a business internet plan. This effectively means you’re after a business NBN plan because, outside of one surviving Telstra business internet ADSL2+ plan, NBN is the dominant form of broadband these days available to most businesses across Australia.

Our database has more than 60 business NBN plans, which means there’s plenty to choose from across eight providers. While competition is tight around pricing and speed, there are business-centric extras and support options that help separate plans and are also well worth considering.

Business NBN providers

In our database, we track dozens of business NBN plans from eight providers. While most of the providers in our comparison engine also offer residential plans, More Telecom exclusively sells business plans. Here’s a look at the eight providers whose plans we track:

  • Aussie Broadband
  • Exetel
  • iiNet
  • More Telecom
  • Optus
  • Telstra
  • TPG
  • Vodafone

Business NBN plans

Before we delve into the specifics of the best NBN plans on offer, here’s a look at a daily updating list of the most popular business NBN plans in our comparison engine.

At the time of writing, TPG business NBN was the only option for an NBN 12 for businesses, which is the TPG NBN 12 M Business Bundle for $69.99 a month. It has typical business-hour speeds of 12Mbps and has a $129.95 upfront fee on month-to-month or a $30 initial fee if you sign up for an 18-month contract.

There are more options when it comes to NBN 25 plans for businesses, with choices from Aussie Broadband, More Telecom, Exetel and Vodafone, all of which boast 25Mbps typical business-hours download speeds. The best plan here depends on your business preferences. If you are okay with a BYO modem and PAYG phone, Aussie Broadband’s Business NBN 25/10 Unlimited plan has the best monthly price ($10 extra a month also includes unlimited calls to Australian numbers, including mobiles). If you want a modem, the Vodafone Essential NBN Business Plan comes with the Vodafone Wi-Fi Hub Modem.

You can see the NBN business plans for NBN 25 below in order of popularity.

As is the case with NBN 50 for residential users, NBN Standard is the dominant form of business internet plans with the most choices. iiNet business NBN is technically the cheapest here, but that’s for a plan that only has 300GB of monthly data. The more competitively priced NBN 50 business plans with unlimited data start around $80, which is where an Optus business NBN plan is our top pick. The Optus Internet Everyday – NBN plan boasts 50Mbps typical business-hours download speeds, PAYG landline calls (for unlimited calls to Australian numbers) and the Optus Ultra WiFi Modem.

For comparison, below is a daily updating list of popular NBN 50 business plans with unlimited data.

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Typical business-hours download speeds
NBN business plans are advertised in terms of the typical business-hours download speeds you can expect, which is Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. The standard is for parity between these self-reported speeds and the maximum potential speed of NBN 12 and NBN 25 plans. It’s the same story for NBN 50 except for Aussie Broadband, which advertises 49Mbps instead of the 50Mbps from other providers that offer business NBN plans at this speed tier. When you get to NBN 100 plans, the typical business-hours download speeds range from 90Mbps to 100Mbps. At the time of writing, no business internet providers were offering parity between maximum download speeds for NBN 250 and NBN 1000 plans and advertised typical business-hours download speeds.

NBN 100 plans are the fastest ones most businesses can access in Australia, and it’s also a popular speed tier with the providers in our database. Again, it’s an Optus NBN business plan that comes out on top. The Optus Internet Everyday Fast – NBN plan is a good choice if you want a mix of speed and monthly cost, but the costlier Aussie Broadband Business NBN 100/40 Unlimited plan is our pick because of the 40Mbps of max upload speed (compared to 20Mbps from most others).

If you’d like to compare this plan with others, check out the daily updating list below of popular business NBN plans with unlimited data.

For businesses connected to the NBN via Fibre-to-the-Premises or Hybrid Fibre Coaxial technologies, there are two more speed tiers available to choose from, albeit with not as much competition. More Telecom has the cheapest plan with its XXXL Speedboost offering ($119.90 per month), although the 205Mbps typical business-hours download speeds aren’t as impressive as the 248Mbps on offer from Exetel and Aussie Broadband.

Consider the Exetel Superfast Business NBN 250 if you want to balance download speed with monthly price ($135 monthly fee). Alternatively, Aussie Broadband’s Business NBN 250/100 Unlimited boasts upload speeds up to 100Mbps for $179 per month. If that’s not fast enough, you can also consider the Aussie Broadband Business NBN 500/200 Unlimited plan, which is a custom speed tier for $319 a month.

You can see these NBN-for-business plans below, sorted by popularity.

Finally, there are a couple of NBN 1000 plans tailored for businesses, which have big differences in price and speed potential. If you want the cheaper option, consider the Exetel Ultrafast Business NBN plan, which costs $150 a month for 350Mbps typical business-hours download speeds. Alternatively, $429 a month gets you the Aussie Broadband Business NBN 1000/400 Unlimited plan, which boasts 600Mbps typical business-hours download speeds (and, yes, upload speeds that can reach up to 400Mbps).

You can see these plans below.

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NBN Fixed Wireless
Our comparison engine has one Fixed Wireless NBN plan tailored for businesses: the Aussie Broadband Business NBN Fixed Wireless Plus Unlimited Plan. This plan costs $79 a month for download speeds that may burst up to 75Mbps, and it also comes with a static IP address as well as priority support.

Business NBN extras to consider

Among business NBN plans in our database, there are some common extras that are worth factoring in when weighing up which plan to choose. Month-to-month plans may be the standard, but some attract an upfront fee, so keep an eye out for that.

If you are interested in signing up for a contract, a lot of those come with some form of NBN modem-router. That said, you can still stick month-to-month with either Vodafone, Optus or a Telstra NBN business plan to receive an NBN modem-router for no additional cost. The only disclaimer is you have to stick around for a period of time to not pay a device fee if you switch providers.

Below is a list of popular business NBN plans that include an NBN modem-router.

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4G backup
Business doesn’t stop for NBN outages, so you may want to consider a provider that offers a modem-router with 4G backup. If that appeals, consider a business NBN plan from either Vodafone, Optus, More Telecom or Telstra business NBN.

The other common inclusion is a PAYG phone line, which certain providers lets you upgrade to include national (including mobile in some cases) or international calls. Below is a list of popular combined landline phone and internet plans (for small businesses) that include calls to Australian landlines.

And here’s a closer look at popular business NBN plans that include a phone plan with calls to Australian numbers, including mobiles.

There are two other core business extras to consider, which may either be included or cost extra per month, depending on the provider: a static IP address and priority support. A static IP address is useful for businesses that want to use a virtual private network (VPN), host servers, use remote access configurations or take advantage of more reliable communication than a dynamic IP address. These are the business NBN providers in our database that include a static IP address at no extra cost:

  • iiNet
  • TPG
  • More Telecom
  • Telstra
  • Aussie Broadband

Business NBN support considerations

Priority business support means dedicated support channels to help you troubleshoot issues faster. The following business NBN providers from our comparison engine include priority support with their plans:

  • iiNet
  • Telstra (extra-cost concierge support also available)
  • Exetel
  • Aussie Broadband
Nathan Lawrence
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Nathan Lawrence

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