The best NBN plans and NBN deals available (May 2022)

The best NBN picks made at the start of each month across best for most, cheap, cheapest, NBN 100, beyond NBN 100 and gaming categories.

Best for most
Spintel
Spintel NBN Unlimited Plus 50/20
4 out of 5 stars
4
First 6 months from
$54
Typical evening speed
50Mbps
Typical monthly cost
$64.95
Best cheap NBN
Tangerine Telcom
Tangerine Standard Speed Unlimited 25/5
4 out of 5 stars
4
First 6 months from
$44.90
Typical evening speed
25Mbps
Typical monthly cost
$59.90
Best NBN Fast
Spintel
Spintel Unlimited Premium 100/20
4 out of 5 stars
4
First 6 months from
$69
Typical evening speed
100Mbps
Typical monthly cost
$84.95
Best beyond NBN 100
My Republic
MyRepublic Ultra-Fast Plan 1000/50
4 out of 5 stars
4
First 6 months from
$99
Typical evening speed
350Mbps
Typical monthly cost
$109
Best NBN for gamers
Exetel
Exetel Power Home NBN 100/40
3 out of 5 stars
3
First 6 months from
$79
Typical evening speed
100Mbps
Typical monthly cost
$89
May 02, 2022
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The good news is if you’re in the market for a new NBN 12, NBN 25 NBN 50 or NBN 100 plan, you should expect a greater selection of faster plans on offer. Today, there are more providers than ever offering parity between the maximum potential speed and self-reported typical evening download speeds. Prices start at under $50 per month for some NBN 12 and NBN 25 plans, hang around the $70 typical pricing mark for good-value NBN 50 plans, and stretch beyond $150 for the pricier NBN 1000 plans.

There have been some typical evening download speed shake-ups with providers over the past few months, with a couple of big providers now advertising slower speeds. At the start of the month, we’ve analysed all of the relevant NBN plans in our comparison engine and made our category picks. There aren’t any major category changes between this month and last month, but we have tweaked plan specifics where relevant to ensure everything is up to date.

Scroll on for the full category breakdown.

The plans listed below are our top picks for the month from every NBN plan on the market. If you’d like to start your own search and compare your options, use our NBN plan search tool.

Best NBN deal for most (NBN 50)

Spintel NBN Unlimited Plus 50/20

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Pros
Pro Bullet Great promo pricing
Pro Bullet Great ongoing pricing
Pro Bullet 50Mbps download speeds
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Cons
Con Bullet Not an ACCC-tracked provider
Con Bullet BYO modem

It used to be that Spintel and Superloop were the closest competitors for NBN 50 plans, but Superloop’s higher typical pricing and slightly slower download speeds (48Mbps vs 50Mbps) have given the Spintel NBN Unlimited Plus plan a more noticeable edge. These days, the Tangerine XL Speed Boost Unlimited plan is a closer NBN 50 competitor for Spintel if you’re after an alternative.

Normally priced at $64.95 a month, the first six months of the Spintel plan are charged at $54 apiece ($713.70 first-year cost), whereas Tangerine’s close-competing plan costs $54.90 for the first six months before reverting to its $69.90 typical monthly fee ($748.80 first-year cost).

There used to be 18 NBN providers whose unlimited-data NBN 50 plans we tracked in our comparisons but that’s now up to 23. Below is a list of the 23 NBN 50 providers from our database ranked in terms of their self-reported typical evening download speeds:

  • Dodo (50Mbps)
  • Exetel (50Mbps, up from 48Mbps)
  • iiNet (50Mbps)
  • Internode (50Mbps)
  • iPrimus (50Mbps)
  • Kogan (50Mbps)
  • More (50Mbps)
  • MyRepublic (50Mbps, up from 43Mbps)
  • Optus (50Mbps)
  • Pennytel (50Mbps)
  • Spintel (50Mbps)
  • Tangerine (50Mbps)
  • Telstra (50Mbps)
  • TPG (50Mbps)
  • Vodafone (50Mbps)
  • Westnet (50Mbps)
  • Aussie Broadband (49Mbps, up from 48Mbps)
  • Origin Broadband (49Mbps, down from 50Mbps)
  • Southern Phone (49Mbps, up from 47Mbps)
  • Belong (48Mbps, up from 40Mbps)
  • Superloop (48Mbps, down from 50Mbps)
  • Moose Mobile (47Mbps)
  • Mate (42Mbps)

Best cheap NBN deal overall (NBN 25)

Tangerine Standard Speed Unlimited 25/5

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Pros
Pro Bullet Great promo pricing
Pro Bullet Great ongoing pricing
Pro Bullet 25Mbps download speeds
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Cons
Con Bullet Not an ACCC-tracked provider
Con Bullet BYO modem

In recent times, the competition for NBN 25 plans (the fastest speed that base NBN Sky Muster satellite internet plans
can reach) has heated up to the point that monthly pricing and perks become the things that separate the winner from close contenders. Tangerine stays in the lead, though, because it continues to offer its long-running promotional pricing and some great perks like a 14-day zero-risk trial.

Though normally priced at $59.90 a month, new sign-ups pay a reduced $44.90 each month for the Tangerine Standard Speed Unlimited plan, which is our winner yet again this month. The nearest competitor is the Spintel NBN Unlimited Standard plan, which has the same 25Mbps download speeds but costs just shy of $25 more per year.

Below is a daily updating list of the most popular NBN 25 plans.

In terms of our comparison engine, the number of NBN 25 providers we track with unlimited-data plans used to hang around 15, but it’s now up to 20 with some shifts between which providers sell NBN 25 plans. NBN 25 was initially called NBN Standard, but that title now belongs to NBN 50, which is the most popular NBN speed tier in Australia. Below is a list of the 20 NBN 25 providers and their self-reported typical evening download speeds:

  • Belong (25Mbps)
  • Dodo (25Mbps)
  • Exetel (25 Mbps, up from 24Mbps)
  • iiNet (25Mbps)
  • Internode (25Mbps)
  • Kogan (25Mbps)
  • More (25Mbps)
  • Pennytel (25Mbps)
  • Southern Phone (25Mbps)
  • Spintel (25Mbps)
  • Tangerine (25Mbps)
  • Telstra (25Mbps)
  • TPG (25Mbps)
  • Vodafone (25Mbps)
  • Westnet (25Mbps)
  • Aussie Broadband (24Mbps, down from 25Mbps)
  • Moose Mobile (24Mbps)
  • Origin Broadband (24Mbps, down from 25Mbps)
  • Superloop (22Mbps, down from 25Mbps)
  • Mate (19Mbps)

Best NBN Fast plan (NBN 100)

Spintel NBN Unlimited Premium

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Pros
Pro Bullet Great promo pricing
Pro Bullet Great ongoing pricing
Pro Bullet 100Mbps download speeds
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Cons
Con Bullet Not an ACCC-tracked provider
Con Bullet BYO modem

For a couple of months, we opted to go with the MyRepublic NBN Home Fast Plan as the winner of this category because it has cheaper first-year pricing and typical monthly pricing compared to the usual incumbent winner from Spintel. Digging deeper with some value comparisons, though, we discovered a marginal first-year value edge for the Spintel NBN Unlimited Premium plan when it came to self-reported typical evening download speeds and an averaged-out monthly cost.

While the MyRepublic plan is cheaper overall, the Spintel NBN Unlimited Premium plan has faster evening download speeds: 100Mbps vs 93Mbps. Both plans have the same starting price of $69 a month, but the Spintel winner reverts to $84.95 per month whereas the MyRepublic silver-medallist has a $79 typical monthly fee.

Below is a daily updating list of popular NBN 100 plans.

As with NBN 50, there are now 23 NBN 100 providers with unlimited-data plans that we track in our comparison engine. For most fixed-line services, NBN 100 is the fastest available speed tier. Below is a list of the 23 NBN 100 providers and their self-reported typical evening download speeds:

  • Optus (100Mbps)
  • Pennytel (100Mbps)
  • Spintel (100Mbps)
  • Telstra (100Mbps)
  • Exetel (100Mbs, up from 97Mbps)
  • Aussie Broadband (98Mbps, up from 97Mbps)
  • Origin Broadband (98Mbs, down from 99Mbps)
  • Southern Phone (96Mbps, up from 89Mbps)
  • Belong (95Mbps, up from 80Mbps)
  • iPrimus (95Mbps)
  • Moose Mobile (95Mbps)
  • MyRepublic (93Mbps, up from 83Mbps)
  • Superloop (93Mbps, down from 100Mbps)
  • Dodo (92Mbps)
  • More (92Mbps)
  • Tangerine (92Mbps)
  • iiNet (90Mbps)
  • Internode (90Mbps)
  • Kogan (90Mbps)
  • TPG (90Mbps)
  • Vodafone (90Mbps)
  • Westnet (90Mbps)
  • Mate (83Mbps)

Best beyond NBN 100 plan

MyRepublic NBN Ultra-Fast Plan

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Pros
Pro Bullet Competitive promo pricing
Pro Bullet High self-reported speeds
Pro Bullet 3-day guarantee
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Cons
Con Bullet Average latency
Con Bullet BYO modem

This category is for homes that have access to plan speeds above NBN 100, which means you’re either living in a home serviced by NBN Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) or Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technologies. MyRepublic has returned once again to reclaim the top spot in this category.

The MyRepublic NBN Ultra-Fast Plan has gone back to its $99-per-month promo pricing for the first six months. Whether you’re paying that price or the regular $109 monthly fee, you get a respectable 350Mbps self-reported typical evening download speeds, as well as good 42.9Mbps evening upload speeds and average 20.7ms latency (based on ACCC data averages). There’s also a 30-day happiness guarantee, so you can try it for a month.

For comparison, check out the daily updating list below of popular NBN plans that offer self-reported typical evening download speeds faster than 100Mbps.

There used to be 11 NBN 250 providers with unlimited-data plans that we track in our comparison engine, but now that’s gone up to 19, with even more providers offering NBN Superfast plans. Note that only FTTP and selected HFC homes are eligible for NBN 250 plans. Below is a list of the 19 NBN 250 providers we track and their self-reported typical evening download speeds:

  • Telstra (250Mbps, up from 230Mbps)
  • Aussie Broadband (245Mbps, up from 243Mbps)
  • Origin Broadband (245Mbps, down from 248Mbps)
  • Moose Mobile (240Mbps)
  • Optus (240Mbps, up from 215Mbps)
  • Superloop (240Mbps, up from 215Mbps)
  • Exetel (225Mbps)
  • iPrimus (215Mbps)
  • Mate (208Mbps)
  • More (205Mbps)
  • Tangerine (205Mbps)
  • iiNet (200Mbps)
  • Internode (200Mbps)
  • Kogan (200Mbps)
  • MyRepublic (200Mbps)
  • TPG (200Mbps)
  • Vodafone (200Mbps)
  • Westnet (200Mbps)
  • Southern Phone (TBC)

Best NBN plan for gamers

Exetel Power Home NBN 100/40

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Pros
Pro Bullet Competitive promo pricing
Pro Bullet 100Mbps download speeds
Pro Bullet Excellent ACCC-reported latency
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Cons
Con Bullet Average ongoing pricing
Con Bullet BYO modem

If you’ve got an avid online gamer in your home, there’s a good chance they care about four things when it comes to internet connectivity. Unlimited data for increasingly massive full game and patch downloads. Low latency for more responsive online gaming. Fast downloads to spend less time waiting and more time playing. And fast uploads to seamlessly play and stream in high-fidelity or share clips online. If it’s available at your home, we absolutely recommend considering an NBN 250 or NBN 1000 plan (scroll up for more info on those speedier plans).

This month, we’re sticking with NBN 100/40 plans, which aren’t as common as NBN 100/20 plans, but they do offer fast download and faster upload speeds. Exetel’s Power Home NBN 100/40 plan ticks a lot of the right boxes. The typical monthly pricing is reduced from $98.95 to $79.95 for the first six months. It has 100Mbps self-reported typical download speeds, around 36.4Mbps upload speeds and low latency (according to recent ACCC estimates). Exetel also says this plan is optimised for streaming.

Below is a daily updating snapshot of some of the most popular NBN 100 (or faster) plans from the providers that are tracked by the ACCC.

Initially, there were eight NBN 1000 providers with unlimited-data plans that we tracked in our comparison engine, but nowadays we track 13. Only FTTP and select HFC homes are eligible for NBN 1000 plans. Below is a list of the 13 NBN 1000 providers and their self-reported typical evening download speeds (Superloop, Vodafone and Exetel all offer 500/50 plans; note that Superloop’s plan has a 3TB data cap):

  • Aussie Broadband (600Mbps)
  • Origin Broadband (600Mbps)
  • Superloop (500Mbps, up from 250Mbps)
  • MyRepublic (350Mbps)
  • Optus (300Mbps, up from 250Mbps)
  • Kogan (250Mbps)
  • TPG (250Mbps)
  • Vodafone (250Mbps)
  • Exetel (245Mbps)
  • iiNet (200Mbps)
  • Internode (200Mbps)
  • Westnet (200Mbps)
  • Southern Phone (TBC)

Best budget NBN deal overall (NBN 12)

Spintel WhistleOut Exclusive NBN Unlimited Entry

The plan above may change throughout the month based on the cheapest NBN plan in our comparison engine.

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Pros
Pro Bullet Very cheap promo pricing
Pro Bullet 12Mbps download speeds
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Cons
Con Bullet Average ongoing pricing
Con Bullet BYO modem
Con Bullet Not an ACCC-tracked provider

We believe NBN 25 to be a much more practical entry-level speed tier for the home craving NBN albeit without the need for overly fast speeds. It’s also not a whole lot more expensive than NBN 12, and there are rumblings that NBN 12 may not be around for much longer.

Still, even though fewer and fewer providers are offering NBN 12 plans these days, this is the speed tier where you’ll find the cheapest NBN prices. And the Spintel WhistleOut Exclusive NBN Unlimited Entry plan is the cheapest you’ll find in our database, care of $39 monthly pricing for the first half year (discounted from the typical $49.95 monthly fee) for 12Mbps download speeds.

Below is a daily updating list of the NBN 12 plans in our comparison engine, ranked in terms of popularity.

There used to be seven NBN 12 providers with unlimited-data plans that we tracked in our comparison engine but that’s down to five in recent times, which is why we’ve now opened this up to include NBN plans with data caps. This lack of plan options is likely because NBN 12 is only intended for homes with very basic internet needs. Below is a list of the eight NBN 12 providers and their self-reported typical evening download speeds:

  • Exetel (12Mbps, up from 11Mbps)
  • iiNet (12Mbps)
  • Internode (12Mbps)
  • Pennytel (12Mbps)
  • Spintel (12Mbps)
  • TPG (12Mbps)
  • Westnet (12Mbps)
  • Aussie Broadband (11Mbps, down from 12Mbps)

Best NBN plan for upload

Exetel Power Home NBN 100/40

Note that the plan above may change throughout the month based on the cheapest NBN plan in our comparison engine.

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Pros
Pro Bullet Competitive promo pricing
Pro Bullet Up to 40Mbps upload speeds
Pro Bullet Excellent ACCC-reported latency
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Cons
Con Bullet Average ongoing pricing
Con Bullet BYO modem
Con Bullet Not an ACCC-tracked provider

With the ACCC building a case for fixed-line NBN providers to advertise expected upload speeds, we thought it was timely to introduce a category for best NBN upload. The absolute best NBN upload speeds come from NBN 1000 plans, but those are only available to homes with HFC and FTTP technologies. This means the fastest uploads available to most homes is on an NBN 100/40 plans, which tend to be less common than the more ubiquitous NBN 100/20 plans offered by providers.

Still, we track seven providers with NBN 100/40 plans in our database: Aussie Broadband, Exetel, Superloop, MyRepublic, Moose Mobile, Mate and Pennytel. Of that list, the first four are tracked by the ACCC, which means it’s possible to glean data estimates for upload speeds. We have jumped between Exetel and MyRepublic for this category, but we’re sticking with the Exetel Power Home 100/40 plan again this month. Compared to the MyRepublic Premium Plan, the Exetel winner has faster downloads (100Mbps vs 93Mbps) and faster ACCC-averaged upload speeds (35.56Mbps vs 34.32Mbps). New sign-ups pay a $79.95 monthly fee for the first six months before this Exetel plan reverts to $98.95 a month.

Below is a daily updating list of popular NBN plans with upload speeds of up to 40Mbps or beyond.

Going beyond NBN 100
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How to upgrade to FTTP
If you’re dissatisfied with your NBN plan speeds, it may be because your home is connected to the NBN via one of the many technologies that isn’t the future-proofed Fibre-to-the-Premises. FTTP is a full fibre connection that lets you order plan speeds above NBN 100, plus you can safely expect to hit a provider’s self-reported typical evening download speeds without any disclaimers. If you fancy signing up for an NBN 250 or NBN 1000 plan, then you may be interested to read more about how to upgrade your NBN connection to FTTP.

Best NBN plan for latency

Exetel Extra-value NBN 50

Note that the plan above may change throughout the month based on the cheapest NBN plan in our comparison engine.

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Pros
Pro Bullet Competitive promo pricing
Pro Bullet Excellent 8.2ms ACCC-reported latency
Pro Bullet 50Mbps download speeds
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Cons
Con Bullet Regular pricing could be better
Con Bullet BYO modem

Download and upload speeds may be all the rage, but low latency can be another key part of enjoying a seamless online experience. The lower the latency, the better. Using a provider that offers ultra-low latency has benefits for those who enjoy video chatting, online gaming, interactive streaming, real-time monitoring and/or remote operations.

We use the latest ACCC broadband performance data from participating NBN providers to determine the providers with the lowest latency. Here’s how they fare in the most recent comparison:

  1. Exetel: 8.2ms (down from 9.7ms)
  2. Superloop: 8.9ms (down from 9.8ms)
  3. Aussie Broadband: 9.6ms (same as last report)
  4. Dodo & iPrimus: 9.6ms (down from 10ms)
  5. TPG: 10.4ms (up from 10.1ms)
  6. Optus: 10.4ms (down from 10.6ms)
  7. Telstra: 10.5ms (up from 10.4ms)
  8. iiNet: 11.6ms (up from 10ms)
  9. Launtel: 12ms (new entry)
  10. Vodafone: 16.1ms (up from 8.8ms)
  11. MyRepublic: 20.7ms (up from 19.6ms)

The NBN plan speed you buy from a provider shouldn’t impact overall latency. So, for example, an NBN 25 plan should have comparable latency to an NBN 100 plan from the same provider. For our Exetel winner, we’re advising the provider’s Extra-value NBN 50 plan because, outside of fantastic 8.2ms average latency (based on ACCC data averages), it also has a good mix of download speeds (up to 50Mbps), upload speeds (up to 20Mbps) and ongoing value.

For comparison, here are popular plans from some of the participating providers listed above.

Popular NBN plans from popular providers

There’s a lot of interest around big-name NBN providers like Optus and TPG, despite the reality that their plans rarely take out any top spots in our categories above. We feel there’s a misconception that these big providers own NBN networks, which is why their respective NBN plans tend to come with a premium price tag. While the best mobile plans are split across the Telstra, Optus and Vodafone networks, providers may have their own network infrastructure when it comes to NBN, but it’s not as impactful in terms of in-home internet service as it is for mobile plans.

If you want to go with a Telstra, Optus or TPG plan to bundle, you likely won’t save any extra dollars, so if you do want to save money by bundling NBN and mobile plans, it’s worth checking out our regularly updated best SIM Only plans, best Prepaid plans, best MVNOs on the Telstra network and best MVNOs on the Optus network.

If you do want to save money by going with one of our NBN picks from above, it’s super easy to switch NBN providers. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to stick with a Telstra, Optus or TPG NBN plan, you can see the most popular picks below. (Note that sometimes NBN providers update their specials throughout the month so particular plans may not be visible during these times.)

Most popular Telstra NBN plan

Telstra Upfront Internet Plan Premium 100/20

Please note the plan above may change daily based on the most popular Telstra NBN plan.

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Pros
Pro Bullet 50Mbps download speeds
Pro Bullet Included modem router (4G backup)
Pro Bullet Home phone service
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Cons
Con Bullet No promo pricing
Con Bullet Expensive typical pricing
Con Bullet 24-month commitment for $0 modem

At the start of the month, Telstra NBN users have upped their need for speed and opted for the newly renamed Telstra Upfront Internet Plan Premium (you pay in advance of the month instead of after it ends). This NBN 100 plan costs $1 for the first month before reverting to its typical $110 monthly fee. That price nets you 100Mbps self-reported download speeds and 17Mbps upload speeds, as well as 10.5ms latency (based on ACCC data averages). Like all Telstra NBN plans, the Upfront Internet Plan Essential comes with a Telstra Smart Modem 3, which doesn’t cost extra if you stick with Big T for 24 months.

Below is a daily updating list of the most popular Telstra NBN plans.

Please note the plan above and the plans below may change daily based on the most popular Telstra NBN plans.

Most popular Optus NBN deal

Optus Internet Everyday Fast – NBN 100/20

Please note the plan above may change daily based on the most popular Optus NBN plan.

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Pros
Pro Bullet 100Mbps download speeds
Pro Bullet Included modem router (4G backup)
Pro Bullet Optional Optus Sport
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Cons
Con Bullet Promo pricing isn’t overly competitive
Con Bullet Expensive monthly pricing
Con Bullet 36-month commitment for $0 modem

For a while there, those signing up to Optus NBN plans were opting for NBN 50, which makes sense given it’s the most popular speed tier. This month, though, the popularity of that Optus NBN 50 plan is yet again being blitzed by the Optus Internet Everyday Fast – NBN plan, which has 100Mbps self-reported typical evening download speeds and 18Mbps upload speeds, as well as 10.6ms latency (based on ACCC data averages). Optus is still offering a $10 monthly discount for the first six months. Additionally, the included Optus Ultra WiFi Modem (with 4G backup) is no extra cost if you stick with this plan for 36 months.

Below is a daily updating list of the most popular Optus NBN plans.

Please note the plan above and the plans below may change daily based on the most popular Optus NBN plans.

Most popular TPG NBN plan

TPG NBN 50 Unlimited Plan

Please note the plan above may change daily based on the most popular TPG NBN plan.

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Pros
Pro Bullet Competitive regular pricing
Pro Bullet 50Mbps download speeds
Pro Bullet Decent ACCC-reported upload speeds
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Cons
Con Bullet No promo pricing
Con Bullet Modem costs extra

While Optus users continue to favour faster NBN 100 plans, TPG customers have been happy to follow the recent Telstra trend and stick with the more popular NBN 50 speed tier. Even though there’s interest in TPG’s NBN 100 plan, the provider’s NBN 50 Unlimited Plan is the most popular at the start of the month. It has fixed $69.99 monthly pricing and 50Mbps self-reported typical evening download speeds, as well as 16.72Mbps evening upload speeds and 10.4ms latency (based on ACCC data averages). A $99.95 upfront fee also nets you a TP-Link VX420-G2v modem-router.

Below is a daily updating list of the most popular TPG NBN plans.

Please note the plan above and the plans below may change daily based on the most popular TPG NBN plans.

Best NBN provider

Exetel

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Pros
Pro Bullet Competitive promo pricing
Pro Bullet Excellent 8.2ms ACCC-reported latency
Pro Bullet 50Mbps download speeds
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Cons
Con Bullet BYO modem
Con Bullet Regular pricing could be better

While some of what makes the best NBN provider is personal preference, we’re basing our pick on the quarterly updated data from the ACCC’s Measuring Broadband Australia (MBA) program. Not all NBN providers participate, but looking at the data that pits providers against each other helps paint a picture of which one is best when it comes to average download speeds and upload speeds, least daily outages, as well as fastest webpage loading times and latency.

When looking at the ACCC data, we attribute three points to a category winner, two points to a runner-up and one point for the bronze medallist. Combining everything paints a picture of the best NBN providers each quarter. Exetel had a commanding lead for the ACCC’s March 2022 data, followed by Optus, then Telstra. Impressively, Exetel took out the top spot for fastest average download and upload speeds, fewest daily outages and lowest latency.

We’ve used Exetel’s NBN 50 plan as an example above, but you can check out a daily updating list of the most popular plans below from MBA-participating NBN providers that we track in our comparison engine.

Best typical NBN pricing

Spintel NBN Unlimited Plus 50/20

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Pro Bullet Great promo pricing
Pro Bullet Great ongoing pricing
Pro Bullet 50Mbps download speeds
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Cons
Con Bullet Not an ACCC-tracked provider
Con Bullet BYO modem

A lot of NBN providers get a look-in above and hang onto categories because of ongoing promotional pricing. While that’s a great deal for new sign-ups, it might not be as great for those who stick around after a promotional period ends. It’s our understanding that most people tend to stay with a provider even if there are better-priced NBN plans to be found elsewhere.

As an example, we’ve given the Spintel NBN Unlimited Plus 50/20 the top prize in this category because NBN 50 is the most popular speed tier, plus this Spintel plan has the lowest typical pricing in our comparison engine. You can see it and all of the other plans across NBN speed tiers with the cheapest ongoing pricing below:

  • NBN 12: TPG NBN 12 10GB Plan (typically, $29.99 per month)
  • NBN 25: Tangerine Standard Speed Unlimited (typically, $59.90 per month)
  • NBN 50: Spintel NBN Unlimited Plus (typically, $64.95 per month)
  • NBN 100: Kogan Gold Unlimited (typically, $78.90 per month)
  • NBN 250: Mate Elite Mates NBN Home Superfast (typically, $99 per month)
  • NBN 1000: MyRepublic NBN Ultra-Fast Plan (typically, $109 per month)

For comparison, check out the daily updating list of some of the popular NBN 50 plans from our database.

What to look for in an NBN plan

Unless you live alone or in a home with a couple of people who don’t really use the internet all that much, it’s best to start plan comparisons from the NBN 50 speed tier. These plans offer a decent mix of download speeds (up to 50Mbps), upload speeds (up to 20Mbps) and ongoing value.

Speaking of ongoing value, you can save money initially by opting for an NBN provider that has promotional pricing (the trend is for reduced costs for the first six months). To keep costs low, consider using your existing NBN-compatible router or modem-router when shifting to a new provider. Alternatively, plans from providers like Telstra and Optus include a modem (albeit with potential exit fees), while other providers let you purchase them separately as needed.

Apart from ongoing costs, the main comparison is between providers’ respective self-reported typical evening download speeds. The faster the download speed, the speedier your connection is. Upload speeds tend to be a secondary consideration, but for those interested in faster uploads, consider an NBN 100/40 plan from select providers or, if your home is eligible, an NBN 1000 plan for upload speeds up to 50Mbps.

How we choose the best NBN plans

We re-evaluate all of our picks for the best NBN plan categories above at the start of each month. For the most part with applicable NBN plans, we focus on first-year value by taking the average monthly price (regular and promo pricing) and pitting it against a provider’s self-reported typical evening download speeds. If promotional pricing ends close to the first half of the month, we may treat an NBN plan as though it has typical pricing.

The only exceptions to this are our best upload and best latency categories where we also consider value relative to first-year costs and either upload or latency, respectively. If two competing plans from different providers are neck-and-neck in their offering, we may also weigh up other factors such as their NBN plan reviews.

There are times when perks can help separate a contender from a winner, but the majority of NBN plans we deal with are light on meaningful perks. While we do consider picking NBN 250, NBN 500 and NBN 1000 plans, we also lean towards NBN 100 plans when it comes to speed-specific categories as they are available to more homes.

NBN FAQs

Here are answers to the most common questions for NBN plans.

The best NBN plan is the one that pairs well with your monthly internet budget and the speed needs of your home. NBN 50 plans are the most popular because of a great mix of price and speed. Alternatively, most homes can scale down to NBN 25 for lesser ’net needs or up to NBN 100 (or beyond) for more speed.

We have detailed analysis on the best NBN providers according to ACCC data, but “best” depends on what you’re after. Providers like Spintel, Tangerine and Superloop offer competitive pricing and great speeds. Meanwhile, household names like Telstra and Optus cost more but include NBN modems with 4G backup.

Without considering promotional pricing, NBN plan prices from our comparison engine start at around $50 per month for a bare-bolts NBN 12 plan then go to around a $60 monthly fee for NBN 25. NBN 50 is the most popular speed tier and the one we recommend most homes start with for comparisons, and you can expect to pay around $70 per month for a competitively priced plan.

We are often asked this question, and the answer is pretty simple. Most NBN providers offer a national broadband service, and most have the same prices and deals available across Australia, so you’ll get the same price regardless of whether you are in Melbourne, Adelaide, even in Tasmania.

Some providers may vary the price of plans based on your address. The wholesale price of their service can vary from the city to less populous areas, and this is reflected in the price of NBN plans.

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Best NBN providers in Australia
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