Gigabit internet (NBN 1000) plans in Australia

NBN FTTP and some NBN HFC users can now access gigabit speeds, but the future is bright for other NBN technologies.

Fastest NBN 1000
Aussie Broadband
Aussie Broadband Home Ultrafast Unlimited
5 out of 5 stars
5
From
$149
/mo
Typical evening speeds
600Mbps
Regular price
$149/mo
Upload speeds
Up to 50Mbps
Next fastest NBN 1000
Origin NBN logo
Origin Ultrafast NBN 1000 plan
4 out of 5 stars
4
From
$154
/mo
Typical evening speeds
600Mbps
Regular price
$154/mo
Upload speeds
Up to 50Mbps
Cheapest NBN 1000
My Republic
MyRepublic NBN Ultrafast Plan
4 out of 5 stars
4
First six months from
$99
/mo
Typical evening speeds
350Mbps
Regular price
$109
Upload speeds
Up to 50Mbps
Next cheapest
Southern Phone
Southern Phone NBN Ultrafast
3 out of 5 stars
3
First six months from
$105
/mo
Typical evening speeds
N/A
Regular price
$135
Upload speeds
50Mbps
Best upload speeds
Aussie Broadband
Aussie Broadband NBN 250/100
5 out of 5 stars
5
From
$209
/mo
Typical evening speeds
244Mbps
Regular price
$209/mo
Upload speeds
Up to 100Mbps
Brodie Fogg
Editorial Lead
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November 16, 2022
4 min read

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With multiple technologies and NBN 100 long being considered to be the top NBN speed – it is, after all, still called NBN Fast today – the prospect of gigabit internet (that's 100Mbps potential) in Australia may seem a long way off for most, but it’s closer today than it’s ever been.

In late 2019, NBN Co shifted things up for its wholesale offerings, launching the now standard 100/20Mbps speed tier (to replace the once ubiquitous 100/40Mbps), alongside Superfast 250/25Mbps and the ultimate 1000/50Mbps offering. What started off with a few NBN plans from Aussie Broadband and Superloop is now offered by most NBN providers, which makes for great competitive pricing on NBN 1000.

Before we get into it, here are the six most popular NBN 1000 (gigabit) plans right now:

Stock photograph of an astronaut using ultrafast NBN 1000 plans
Heads Up
How to get Ultrafast NBN 1000

Ultrafast NBN 1000 plans are onlt available to select FTTP (Fibre-to-the-Premises) and HFC (Hybrid Fibre-Coaxial) customers in Australia. There's an ongoing FTTP upgrade initiative rolling out across Australia at the moment but there are ways to apply for an upgrade if you're not on the rollout map but still need gigabit internet speeds. Check out our guide to upgrading to FTTP for more information. 

Best (and fastest) NBN 1000

Aussie Broadband Home Ultrafast Unlimited

pro
Pros
pro Fast 600Mbps typical evening speeds
pro Award-winning customer care
con
Cons
con Expensive
con Modem not included

If you're after NBN 1000, we're going to assume that speed is your first priority. That's why we've chosen Aussie Broadband's reliable Home Ultrafast Unlimited as our top pick. It's far from the cheapest option but it does promise some of the fastest typical evening download speeds and Aussie Broadband's award-winning customer care. It's also a no-contract month-to-month plan so cancelling won't cost you a cent if you decide it's not for you. 

See the table below for more of the fastest NBN 1000 plans available for comparison. 

Info Box
Does Telstra offer gigabit internet plans?
No, it doesn't. Oddly enough, Australia's biggest telco is one of the few providers that doesn't offer gigabit internet plans at the NBN Ultrafast 1000 tier. It did, at one stage, sell a $180-per-month NBN Ultrafast plan with average evening speeds of 700Mbps (the fastest promised NBN 1000 speeds on the market) but Telstra has since removed that plan. If you're specifically looking for a fast Telstra NBN plan, we'd recommend checking out its NBN 250 offering.

Next fastest Ultrafast NBN 1000

Origin Ultrafast NBN 1000

pro
Pros
pro 600Mbps typical evening speeds
pro Discounts for Origin Energy customers
con
Cons
con $154 per month is a hefty monthly price
con No modem included

Energy provider Origin has a powerful offering at the Ultrafast NBN tier. In fact, its 600Mbps typical evening speeds rival even that of Aussie Broadband. The one (big) downside is the cost of $154 per month. 

It's better value if you're already an Origin energy customer. Bundling with your energy bill will bring the price down to $144 per month. That's still steep, but a bit cheaper than Aussie Broadband's plan.

Cheapest Ultrafast NBN 1000

MyRepublic NBN Ultrafast plan

pro
Pros
pro $99/mth for the first six months
pro $109 after the first six months
pro No contract
con
Cons
con 350Mbps typical evening speeds

If you're looking to dips your toes in with Ultrafast NBN 1000Mbps but don't want to break the bank, MyRepublic currently has the best introductory deal available. Not only is the plan $99 per month for the first six months (and $109 every month after) but it also offers a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. So not only can you cancel within your first month, but you can cancel without paying anything at all (not even your first month's fee).

The downside is the typical evening speeds. MyRepublic only promises 350Mbps typical evening speeds, which is almost half of what Aussie Broadband and Origin NBN offer. The fact is, you're likely to get a lot more than that but the slower average speeds do speak to the provider's overall performance.

Take a look at some of the cheapest NBN 1000 plans to compare more typical evening speeds.

Next cheapest NBN 1000 plan

Southern Phone NBN Ultrafast

pro
Pros
pro $105/mth for the first six months
pro No contract
con
Cons
con $135/mth after promo
con No info on typical evening speeds

Like MyRepublic, Southern Phone offers a cheaper way to experiment with NBN 1000 plans. That is, for the first six months at least. After that, the monthly price goes from $105 per month to $135 per month, which equates to an additional $360 per year. Southern Phone also doesn't offer any estimates on typical evening speeds at the time of writing. While you can expect Southern will target 1000Mbps like every other provider, it's still a bit concerning they've taken so long to get on the same page as the rest of the industry.

With that said, the provider does offer decent mobile plans too, which is a benefit for those looking to keep all their services on one bill. 

Best upload speeds on NBN

Aussie Broadband NBN 250/100

pro
Pros
pro 244Mbps typical evening speeds
pro Targets 100Mps upload speeds
con
Cons
con Not NBN Ultrafast
con Very expensive monthly cost

For a lot of Australians, upload speeds are just as important as download speeds. But strangely enough, Ultrafast NBN 1000 plans don't actually offer the best and fastest upload speeds in Australia. They all target around 50Mbps upload speeds. But there are a few plans that offer better uploads for those working from home, like Aussie Broadband. 

Aussie's Build-Your-Own 250/100 plan isn't an Ultrafast NBN 1000 plan but it does offer faster uploads than any Ultrafast plan, targeting 100MBps for upload speeds (and 244Mbps typical evening speeds for downloads).

But there's a steep price to pay for better uploads. Aussie Broadband's Build-Your-Own 250/100 NBN plan currently shakes out at $209 per month; which makes it one of the most expensive NBN plans on the market. 

How do I get gigabit internet?

NBN 1000 plans are only available for customers with select connection types. All FTTP addresses can get NBN 1000, and 95% of HFC addresses can. If you're not familiar with what technology type you have, you can check on the NBN website.

If you're on FTTN or FTTC, NBN Co is currently in the middle of rolling out a program that will allow you to upgrade to FTTP for free. 

For FTTN customers, you'll simply need to order an NBN 100 plan or better once the upgrades are live in your area. For FTTC customers, you'll need to order an NBN 250 or NBN 1000 plan. You'll also need to stay on your need speed tier for at least a year.

The first of these upgrades are already happening, and NBN Co hopes to complete these by the end of 2023. 

But even if you're not on the FTTP upgrade map, 4G and 5G Home Wireless broadband plans have recently become a solid alternative to the NBN, with cheaper and more unlimited plans than ever before. Check the table below for a breakdown of some popular Home Wireless plans or head over to our hub for what to expect from 5G Home. 

Frequently asked questions about Ultrafast NBN

Here are some of the most common questions Australians have about gigabit internet speeds in Australia.
How to upgrade to FTTP

Technically, anyone can apply for FTTP at their home, and the NBN Co.'s Technology Choice progam will give you a free quote if you're interested. But while the quote is free, the cost of the upgrade isn’t. Depending on how complex the installation at your address is, you may be looking at a few thousand dollars for an FTTP upgrade. 

How fast is gigabit speed internet?

Despite the name, NBN 1000 (the gigabit internet option in Australia) is only capable of delivering between 500 and 990Mbps download speeds and 50Mbps upload speeds.

Even so, Australian providers only advertise between 250 and 600Mbps on their NBN 1000 plans, because factors such as technology type and congestion can impact your speeds. 

Real-life speeds on NBN 1000 tend to average around 800Mbps, according to the ACCC's broadband speed testing report. 

What modem do I need for gigabit internet?
When it comes to gigabit internet, the modem is less important than the router, but because ‘modem’ and ‘router’ are often erroneously used interchangeably, it’s easier to talk in terms of both. For FTTP and other NBN technologies, the modem is provided by NBN. Sometimes providers offer a modem-router, which does the job of both.
Is NBN 1000 worth it?
NBN 1000 is a good pick for heavy downloaders, but could be overkill for most. NBN 1000 plans can dramatically speed up almost any download but won’t make much of a difference day to day. For example, a new release game might take over an hour to download on an NBN 100 plan, but you can have it in less than 10 minutes on an NBN 1000 plan.
How much does NBN 1000 cost?
NBN 1000 plans typically cost between $100 and $150 per month, when you exclude promotional discounts.
Who sells NBN 1000?

Most telcos now sell NBN 1000 plans, from big names like Optus and Telstra to smaller providers like MyRepublic, Origin, Tangerine and Superloop. 

Brodie Fogg
Written by
Brodie Fogg
Brodie Fogg is the Australian editorial lead at Reviews.org. He has covered consumer tech, telecommunications, video games, streaming and entertainment for over five years at websites like WhistleOut and Finder and can be found sharing streaming recommendations at 7NEWS every month.

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