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
First six months from
$129
/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
From
$144
/mo
Typical evening speeds
600Mbps
Regular price
$144/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
First six months from
$189
/mo
Typical evening speeds
245Mbps
Regular price
$209/mo
Upload speeds
Up to 100Mbps
Brodie Fogg
Editorial Lead
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May 23, 2022
7 min read

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:

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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 FTTN for more information. 

Best (and fastest) NBN 1000

Aussie Broadband Home Ultrafast Unlimited

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet Fast 600Mbps typical evening speeds
Pro Bullet $129 for the first six months with promo code EOFY22
Pro Bullet Award-winning customer care
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Cons
Con Bullet Regular price is $149 per month
Con Bullet 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. 

Next fastest Ultrafast NBN 1000

Origin Ultrafast NBN 1000

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet 600Mbps typical evening speeds
Pro Bullet Discounts for Origin Energy customers
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet $154 per month is a hefty monthly price
Con Bullet 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 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

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet $99/mth for the first six months
Pro Bullet $109 after the first six months
Pro Bullet No contract
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet 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 Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet $105/mth for the first six months
Pro Bullet No contract
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet $135/mth after promo
Con Bullet 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 Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet 245Mbps typical evening speeds
Pro Bullet Targets 100Mps upload speeds
Pro Bullet $20 off the first six months
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet Not NBN Ultrafast
Con Bullet 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 (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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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. 

Only a percentage of HFC homes can tap into NBN 250 or NBN 1000 speeds, but you can upgrade to FTTP. Technically, anyone can apply for one, and NBN Co’s Technology Choice Program now has been recently upgraded to include the option for free quotes (instead of the $330 fee of more recent times). You can read the full steps on how to get your free online FTTP upgrade quote here, but while the quote is free, the cost of the upgrade isn’t. Expect to pay thousands of dollars, which depends on the complexity of the upgrade and also factors in how far away your property is from the nearest fibre point. A full fibre connection is important because this is how gigabit (and the, fingers crossed, multi-gigabit realities of the future) internet can reliably be provided to homes. There are other upgrade paths for copper-fibre hybrid connections, such as G.fast, which has had promising results, so long as the copper cabling doesn’t extend for more than 100 metres. For distances under 100 metres, gigabit internet (and beyond) is achievable.
As with every NBN plan, the 1000/50Mbps speed tier is more of a guide. It's the theoretical maximum that the plan is able to deliver. But there are many factors that impact your NBN speeds. Aussie Broadband is stepping into uncharted territory with its gigabit offering, but the ISP is confident that it can deliver 80 to 90 percent of those speeds, depending on the technology type installed. That said, Aussie Broadband’s Critical Information Summary for its gigabit internet plan suggests typical evening download speeds of 600Mbps. Meanwhile, Superloop, Kogan, Telstra and Optus are all playing it safe by advertising 250Mbps typical evening download speeds, while Internode and iiNet both list 200Mbps typical evening download speeds. The ACCC currently tracks typical evening speeds for a handful of NBN providers, and the results are an invaluable resource if you're hoping to get a better idea of what speeds to expect on the NBN, but at the time of updating, neither NBN 250 nor NBN 1000 plans have been added to the program. You can read the full steps on how to get your free online FTTP upgrade quote here, but while the quote is free, the cost of the upgrade isn’t. Expect to pay thousands of dollars, which depends on the complexity of the upgrade and also factors in how far away your property is from the nearest fibre point. A full fibre connection is important because this is how gigabit (and the, fingers crossed, multi-gigabit realities of the future) internet can reliably be provided to homes. There are other upgrade paths for copper-fibre hybrid connections, such as G.fast, which has had promising results, so long as the copper cabling doesn’t extend for more than 100 metres. For distances under 100 metres, gigabit internet (and beyond) is achievable.
When it comes to gigabit internet, the modem is less important than the router, but because ‘modem’ and ‘router’ are often erroneously used interchangeably (we’ve got an article on that), 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. Aussie Broadband is stepping into uncharted territory with its gigabit offering, but the ISP is confident that it can deliver 80 to 90 percent of those speeds, depending on the technology type installed. That said, Aussie Broadband’s Critical Information Summary for its gigabit internet plan suggests typical evening download speeds of 600Mbps. Meanwhile, Superloop, Kogan, Telstra and Optus are all playing it safe by advertising 250Mbps typical evening download speeds, while Internode and iiNet both list 200Mbps typical evening download speeds. The ACCC currently tracks typical evening speeds for a handful of NBN providers, and the results are an invaluable resource if you're hoping to get a better idea of what speeds to expect on the NBN, but at the time of updating, neither NBN 250 nor NBN 1000 plans have been added to the program. You can read the full steps on how to get your free online FTTP upgrade quote here, but while the quote is free, the cost of the upgrade isn’t. Expect to pay thousands of dollars, which depends on the complexity of the upgrade and also factors in how far away your property is from the nearest fibre point. A full fibre connection is important because this is how gigabit (and the, fingers crossed, multi-gigabit realities of the future) internet can reliably be provided to homes. There are other upgrade paths for copper-fibre hybrid connections, such as G.fast, which has had promising results, so long as the copper cabling doesn’t extend for more than 100 metres. For distances under 100 metres, gigabit internet (and beyond) is achievable.
Brodie Fogg
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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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