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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.
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 plans from Aussie Broadband and Superloop is now offered by a handful of 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:
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 FTTN for more information.
Best (and fastest) NBN 1000
Aussie Broadband Home Ultrafast Unlimited
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.
Next fastest Ultrafast NBN 1000
Origin Ultrafast NBN 1000
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 much better value if you're already an Origin Energy customer, though. For a limited time, Origin Energy customers can save up to $320 off a year of NBN and energy. What that gets you is an annual $120 discount and a $200 credit on your energy bill. Check the Terms and Conditions for the full details of the deal.
Cheapest Ultrafast NBN 1000
MyRepublic NBN Ultrafast plan
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
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
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 (the same as NBN 100 Fast plans) and that's no slouch. 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 245Mbps 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. For a lot of people, it will be worth it.
The good news is that Aussie Broadband is currently offering that very plan with a $20 per month discount, bringing the monthly cost down to $189 per month for the first six months. All up, that's a humble saving of $120 over your first year. But it's worth checking out if you're an avid streamer or gamer is who is sick to death of poor upload speeds and internet latency.
How do I get gigabit internet?
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You will be redirected to a page of results with the message "Great News! Your area has NBN" at the top of the page. Hover your mouse over the ‘i’ information button… Get in touch with your preferred provider to check your eligibility.
For other NBN technologies, all hope isn’t lost of NBN 250 and NBN 1000 speeds. There ways to upgrade your NBN to FTTN (in fact, you might be eligible already).
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.