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What are NBN evening speeds?

NBN evening speeds may be different from NBN day speeds. Here’s why.

Nathan Lawrence
Aug 19, 2021
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No matter what type of internet connection you’re using, NBN, home wireless broadband or something else, there are certain factors that can impact your overall speeds. Some of those factors are in the home—things like wireless interference, number of devices competing for limited bandwidth, or even in-home wiring—while others are outside.

One of those outside-the-home factors that has the potential to greatly impact your overall internet speed is during the internet’s busy evening period. Before we dive into NBN evening speeds, let’s take a look at this busy period first.

What is the internet’s busy evening period?

The internet’s busy evening period happens nightly between 7.00pm and 11.00pm, on weekdays and weekends. This is the time when most people are at home and online, whether they’re uploading pictures, playing games, streaming content or doing any number of other online activities. More people online means there’s a greater chance that your overall internet speed—downloads, uploads and latency—will be impacted by this surge of online activity from other internet users in your area.

What are NBN evening speeds?

NBN evening speeds are the maximum download speeds you can expect to achieve on your home NBN internet connection. These speeds may be identical to the maximum potential speed of the NBN plan you’re signed up to, or they may be slower. Either way, the ACCC requires NBN fixed-line providers to self-report typical evening download speeds you can expect to achieve during the internet’s busy evening period.

All things being equal, NBN evening speeds are determined by three key external factors: the NBN technology type used to connect your home, the NBN plan you’ve signed up for and your NBN provider.

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If you’re curious to see how fast your internet connection is, click on ‘Start Speed Test’ below to see your download speed. Additionally, you can click on the ‘Show More Info’ button after the download test has completed to see your latency and upload speed. It’s best to conduct this test on an Ethernet-connected computer or wireless device that’s close to your router or modem-router. Try to stop other devices using the internet before conducting the test for the best results. If your NBN speed test results are below par, reach out to your provider or research other NBN plans.

NBN technology type and max download speeds

The NBN plan you’ve signed up to will ultimately determine the maximum potential download speed you can reach, and it’s determined by the number in the name:

  • NBN 12 (NBN Basic I): up to 12Mbps download
  • NBN 25 (NBN Basic II): up to 25MBps download
  • NBN 50 (NBN Standard): up to 50Mbps download
  • NBN 100 (NBN Fast): up to 100Mbps download
  • NBN 250 (NBN Superfast): up to 250Mbps download
  • NBN 1000 (NBN Ultrafast): up to 1000Mbps download

Those first four NBN plan speeds are offered to most homes in metro areas, with NBN 250 and NBN 1000 available to select Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) and all Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) homes.

NBN plan speeds

Because the ACCC requires providers to self-report their typical evening download speeds for metro areas, it’s easier to see how close NBN evening speeds come to max potential speeds. The trend of late has been towards providers offering faster and faster NBN evening speeds, which you’ll see in the lists below.

There aren’t many plans offered for the lowest NBN speed tier, but the good news is the four main plans offer parity between max potential download speed and typical evening speed (12Mbps).

NBN Basic Plans

It’s a similar story for NBN 25 speed tier, with the 10 fastest providers in our comparison engine offering 25Mbps self-reported typical evening download speeds.

NBN Basic II Plans

Not to be left out, the 10 fastest NBN 50 providers in our comparison engine also offer 50Mbps parity between max potential plan speed and NBN evening speeds.

NBN Standard Plans

For NBN 100 and faster, things open up a bit more with a handful of providers self-reporting 100Mbps evening speeds while the others clock in at over 92Mbps or above.

NBN Fast Plans

None of the providers that offer NBN 250 plans guarantee typical evening download speeds of 250Mbps, but Aussie Broadband and Superloop come close.

NBN Ultrafast Plans

What you may notice about the NBN 1000 plans below is that there’s a number that offer either 250Mbps or 200Mbps self-reported typical evening speeds, but the top three are noticeably faster.

NBN Ultrafast Plans

If your home is in a regional or rural area, you may be connected to the NBN via Fixed Wireless, which has different max speed expectations:

  • Fixed Wireless Basic: up to 11Mbps download
  • Fixed Wireless Standard: up to 23Mbps download
  • Fixed Wireless Plus: up to 75Mbps download

Because overall speeds on Fixed Wireless technology are less reliable than fixed-line alternatives, NBN evening speeds may drop as low as 6Mbps. Providers aren’t required to self-report typical evening download speeds.

Below is a daily updating list of the most popular Fixed Wireless NBN plans with unlimited data in our comparison engine.

Fixed Wireless NBN Plans

It’s a similar story for NBN satellite, which has either a max download speed of 12Mbps or 25Mbps, depending on the plan you’re signed up for. Below is a daily updating list of the most popular NBN satellite plans in our comparison engine.

Satellite NBN Plans

NBN provider speeds

While there’s no straightforward way to say which provider is the fastest, mostly because providers tend to offer varying download speeds across plan types/speed tiers, there are providers that consistently offer faster self-reported typical evening download speeds.

The table below gives you an idea of the average download speeds of the provider plans we track in our comparison engine compared to the maximum potential download speed for each NBN speed tier. Use this as a guide for determining whether providers are offering plan speeds above or below the average.

NBN speed tier
Max potential download speed
Average download speed (across providers)
Fastest available plan speed

NBN 12

12Mbps

11.6Mbps

12Mbps(x4 providers)

NBN 25

25Mbps

24.4Mbps

25Mbps(x13 providers)

NBN 50

50Mbps

49.52Mbps

50Mbps(x13 providers)

NBN 100

100Mbps

95.35Mbps

100Mbps(x7 providers)

NBN 250

250Mbps

221.14Mbps

250Mbps(x3 providers)

NBN 1000

1000Mbps

468.75Mbps

700Mbps(Telstra)

And the table below shows the self-reported typical evening speeds for all of the providers that we track in our comparison engine.

Provider
NBN 12
NBN 25
NBN 50
NBN 100
NBN 250
NBN 1000

Aussie Broadband

12Mbps

25Mbps

50Mbps

100Mbps

250Mbps

600Mbps

Belong

N/A

25Mbps

48Mbps

95Mbps

N/A

N/A

Dodo

N/A

25Mbps

50Mbps

100Mbps

N/A

N/A

Exetel

N/A

25Mbps

50Mbps

100Mbps

225Mbps

N/A

iiNet

12Mbps

25Mbps

50Mbps

90Mbps

210Mbps

450Mbps

Internode

12Mbps

25Mbps

50Mbps

90Mbps

210Mbps

450Mbps

iPrimus

N/A

N/A

50Mbps

100Mbps

200Mbps

N/A

Kogan

N/A

25Mbps

50Mbps

90Mbps

200Mbps

250Mbps

Mate

N/A

24Mbps

47Mbps

93Mbps

196Mbps

N/A

Optus

N/A

25Mbps

50Mbps

100Mbps

240Mbps

600Mbps

Southern Phone

N/A

25Mbps

49Mbps

96Mbps

250Mbps

N/A

Spintel

N/A

20Mbps

50Mbps

100Mbps

N/A

N/A

Superloop

N/A

22Mbps

48Mbps

95Mbps

240Mbps

500Mbps

Tangerine

N/A

25Mbps

50Mbps

92Mbps

205Mbps

N/A

Telstra

N/A

25Mbps

50Mbps

100Mbps

250Mbps

700Mbps

TPG

12Mbps

25Mbps

50Mbps

90Mbps

210Mbps

450Mbps

Vodafone

N/A

25Mbps

50Mbps

90Mbps

210Mbps

450Mbps

Provider self-reported typical evening download speeds used for both tables accurate as at 21 April 2023.

What about upload speeds?

Reliably tracking upload speeds throughout the day let alone during the busy evening period is tricky because we live in an internet world that favours download over upload. In fairness, download speed is generally more important than upload speed for most online tasks, which is likely why there’s such a divide between upload speeds and download speeds in NBN plans.

Ultimately, providers aren’t required to self-report expected upload speeds for any of their plans. While that’s frustrating for those who care about upload speeds, the table below uses the ACCC upload speed percentages from the December 2022 Measuring Broadband Australia report to give you an idea of the upload speeds you can expect during the busy evening period from 10 popular providers.

Provider upload speed %
NBN 12 (1Mbps)
NBN 25 (10Mbps)
NBN 50 (20Mbps)
NBN 100 (20/40Mbps)
NBN 250 (25Mbps)
NBN 1000 (50Mbps)

Aussie Broadband (84.0%)

0.84Mbps

8.4Mbps

16.8Mbps

16.8Mbps

21Mbps

42Mbps

Dodo & iPrimus (85.9%)

No plans

8.59Mbps

17.18Mbps

17.18Mbps

No plans

No plans

Exetel (89.2%)

No plans

8.92Mbps

17.84Mbps

17.84Mbps

22.3Mbps

No plans

iiNet (81.8%)

0.818Mbps

8.18Mbps

16.36Mbps

16.36Mbps

20.45Mbps

40.9Mbps

MyRepublic (83.3%)

No plans

No plans

16.66Mbps

16.66Mbps

20.825Mbps

41.65Mbps

Optus (87.7%)

No plans

8.77Mbps

17.54Mbps

17.54Mbps

21.925Mbps

43.85Mbps

Superloop (87.8%)

No plans

8.78Mbps

17.56Mbps

17.56Mbps

21.95Mbps

43.9Mbps

Telstra (85.3%)

No plans

8.53Mbps

17.06Mbps

17.06Mbps

21.325Mbps

42.65Mbps

TPG (81.4%)

0.814Mbps

8.14Mbps

16.28Mbps

16.28Mbps

20.35Mbps

40.7Mbps

Vodafone (88.1%)

No plans

8.81Mbps

17.62Mbps

17.62Mbps

22.025Mbps

44.05Mbps

Nathan Lawrence
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Nathan Lawrence
Nathan Lawrence has been banging out passionate tech and gaming words for more than 11 years. These days, you can find his work on outlets like IGN, STACK, Fandom, Red Bull and AusGamers. Nathan adores PC gaming and the proof of his first-person-shooter prowess is at the top of a Battlefield V scoreboard.

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