Speed test your Aussie Broadband internet

Check out how speedy your Aussie Broadband connection is for download, upload and latency.

January 17, 2022
4 min read

Aussie Broadband has a reputation for being a speedy, customer-friendly provider, whether you’re hunting for some of the best NBN plans, mobile broadband or you’re in an area that has access to Aussie Broadband OptiComm fibre. Like Telstra NBN, Aussie Broadband NBNcomes at a cost, but the latter provider does offer a full range of NBN speed tiers, from slowest (NBN 12) to the near-gigabit speeds of NBN 1000.

And here’s how Aussie Broadband looks in terms of an internet speed test.

Speed test Aussie Broadband

The internet speed test above lets you run a few key tests on your Aussie Broadband internet connection, whether that’s for Aussie Broadband NBN, mobile broadband or OptiComm fibre. Just click on that ‘Start Speed Test’ button to get going. After 10 seconds, you’ll see a megabits-per-second (Mbps) result for your download speed.

If you’d like to see your Aussie Broadband latency and upload speed, use the ‘Show More Info’ button. After another 10-second wait, you should be greeted with a milliseconds (ms) result for latency and an Mbps value for upload speed. For Aussie Broadband NBN plans specifically, compare the download speeds to the self-reported typical evening download speeds for your plan.

For the best internet speed test results, use an Ethernet-connected computer; alternatively, use an Ethernet cable between modem or modem-router and computer for the best results. If that’s not possible, perform a WiFi speed test with a modern wireless device that’s as close to your router or modem-router as possible, ideally using the faster 5GHz band. Whichever way you test, try to perform internet speed tests at different times of the day, but while other devices aren’t downloading or uploading.

What do my Aussie Broadband speed test results mean?
That speed-test tool above works with any internet connection, but some level of variance in results is expected, particularly at different times of day. In terms of an Aussie Broadband speed test, you can safely expect the upload speed to be noticeably slower than the download speed. Latency should be a small number which, for Aussie Broadband NBN, should be around 9.6ms (according to recent ACCC data). The download speeds and upload speeds, both represented in Mbps, should be noticeably larger than the latency value, unless you’re on an entry-level NBN plan. Below is an indication of the max download speeds and upload speeds you can expect from an NBN connection (the main speed tiers are bold):
  • NBN 12: 12Mbps download, 1Mbps upload
  • NBN 25: 25Mbps download, 5 Mbps upload (or 10Mbps with Aussie Broadband)
  • NBN 50: 50Mbps download, 20 Mbps upload
  • NBN 75 (Aussie Broadband only): 75Mbps download, 20Mbps upload
  • NBN 100/20: 100Mbps download, 20Mbps upload
  • NBN 100/40 (Superloop, MyRepublic, Aussie Broadband, Pennytel, Exetel, Mate): 100Mbps download, 40Mbps upload
  • NBN 250: 250Mbps download, 25 Mbps upload
  • NBN 500 (Superloop, Vodafone, Exetel): 500Mbps download, 50Mbps upload
  • NBN 1000: 990Mbps download, 50Mbps upload
Note that only homes connected to the NBN via Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) or Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) technologies are capable of signing up to speed tiers above NBN 100.

Aussie Broadband NBN speed tiers and expected speeds

Aussie Broadband sells plans for NBN 12, NBN 25, NBN 50, NBN 100, NBN 250 and NBN 1000 speed tiers. More impressively, this provider also offers self-reported typical evening download speeds that either have parity with the max available download speeds or some of the fastest NBN plan speeds available.

Below is how the Aussie Broadband download speeds look for its NBN and OptiComm fibre plans, how many people each speed tier is meant for and the kind of online activities you can do with them:

Aussie Broadband plan type
Max download speed
Evening download speed
Max upload speed
ACCC upload speed
Meant for
Online activities
NBN 1212Mbps12Mbps1Mbps824Kbps1 personVery basic browsing
Basic OptiComm12Mbps12Mbps1MbpsUnknown1 personVery basic browsing
NBN 2525Mbps25Mbps10Mbps8.24Mbps2 peopleWeb browsing and emails
Music streaming
HD streaming
Videoconferencing
Online gaming
Download large files
NBN 5050Mbps50Mbps20Mbps16.48Mbps3 or 4 peopleWeb browsing and emails
Hi-fi music streaming
HD streaming
Videoconferencing
Online gaming
Everyday OptiComm50Mbps50Mbps20MbpsUnknown3 or 4 peopleWeb browsing and emails
Hi-fi music streaming
HD streaming
Videoconferencing
Online gaming
NBN 7575Mbps73Mbps20Mbps16.48Mbps3 or 4 peopleWeb browsing and emails
Hi-fi music streaming
HD streaming
Videoconferencing
Online gaming
Everyday OptiComm75Mbps73Mbps20MbpsUnknown3 or 4 peopleWeb browsing and emails
Hi-fi music streaming
HD streaming
Videoconferencing
Online gaming
NBN 100100Mbps99Mbps40Mbps32.96Mbps5 or more peopleWeb browsing and emails
Hi-fi music streaming
4K streaming
Simultaneous videoconferencing
Online gaming
Download/upload large files
Family OptiComm100Mbps99Mbps40MbpsUnknown5 or more peopleWeb browsing and emails
Hi-fi music streaming
4K streaming
Simultaneous videoconferencing
Online gaming
Download/upload large files
Mobile broadband (4G)100MbpsNot reported50MbpsUnknown3 or 4 peopleWeb browsing and emails
Hi-fi music streaming
HD streaming
Videoconferencing
Online gaming
NBN 250250Mbps243Mbps25Mbps20.6Mbps5 or more peopleWeb browsing and emails
Hi-fi music streaming
Multiple 4K/8K streams
Simultaneous 4K videoconferencing
Online gaming
Faster download/upload large files
Power User OptiComm250Mbps243Mbps25MbpsUnknown5 or more peopleWeb browsing and emails
Hi-fi music streaming
Multiple 4K/8K streams
Simultaneous 4K videoconferencing
Online gaming
Faster download/upload large files
NBN 1000990Mbps600Mbps50Mbps41.2Mbps5 or more peopleWeb browsing and emails
Hi-fi music streaming
Multiple 8K streams
Simultaneous 4K videoconferencing
Online gaming
Game streaming
Fastest download/upload large files
Power House OptiComm fibre990MbpsNot reported50MbpsUnknown5 or more peopleWeb browsing and emails
Hi-fi music streaming
Multiple 8K streams
Simultaneous 4K videoconferencing
Online gaming
Game streaming
Fastest download/upload large files

The main caveat for Aussie Broadband’s NBN speeds is that the actual speeds for Fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN) and Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB) homes can only be confirmed after connection. Outside of this, Aussie Broadband offers a range of build-your-own NBN and OptiComm fibre plans, which include non-standard speed tiers 25/10Mbps, 75/20Mbps and 100/40Mbps.

Aussie Broadband NBN speed tiers vs other NBN providers

Aussie Broadband is one of the fastest NBN providers in our comparison engine, so let’s look at how its standard NBN plans compare to the competition. And first up is Aussie Broadband’s NBN 12 plan:

There aren’t many providers that offer NBN 12 plans these days, and pretty much all of them have 12Mbps download speeds.

You really should consider the NBN 25 plan as true entry-level broadband, even for one or two people. Here’s a look at Aussie Broadband’s NBN 25 plan:

It’s a similar speed story to NBN 12 for NBN 25, with basically every provider in our database offering parity between max 25Mbps download speeds for this speed tier.

For Australia’s most popular speed tier—understandably so because of how versatile it is for multiple people, great plan value and solid download speeds—you can consider Aussie Broadband’s NBN 50 plan:

Once again, the trend is for providers to offer parity between max plan speeds and self-reported typical evening download speeds, so expect to see a lot of 50Mbps options in the list below.

Aussie Broadband also offers the fastest NBN speed tier that’s available to most Australian homes, NBN 100:

This is where Aussie Broadband’s pricier plans start to show their value, as only a handful of providers have plans with 100Mbps speeds. Still, it’s a great speed tier for homes with gamers or high-fidelity streamers.

For FTTP and most HFC homes, Aussie Broadband also sells NBN 250 plans, which are worth considering for homes that want faster download speeds:

As you’ll see from the plans below, Aussie Broadband offers one of the fastest NBN 250 plans in Australia care of 248Mbps self-reported typical evening download speeds.

Finally, Aussie Broadband also sells NBN 1000 plans to FTTP homes and select HFC abodes. This speed tier is intended for homes seeking no-compromise download speeds.

Aussie Broadband’s 600Mbps self-reported typical download speeds are second only to Telstra’s 700Mbps, as you’ll see in the NBN 1000 plans from our database below.

For an idea of how faster speed tiers can help make your online life easier, check out the table below (which assumes you’re downloading at the max available speed):

Internet speed tier (AB typical evening speed)
Download 100GB game
Upload 10GB of pics/vids
Simultaneous 4K video streams (25Mbps)
NBN 12 (12/0.824Mbps)18 hours, 31 mins1 day, 2 hours, 58 mins0 streams
Basic OptiComm (12/1Mbps)18 hours, 31 mins22 hours, 13 mins0 streams
NBN 25 (25/8.24Mbps)8 hours, 53 mins2 hours, 41 mins1 stream
NBN 50 (50/16.48Mbps)4 hours, 26 mins1 hours, 20 mins1 stream
Everyday OptiComm (50/20Mbps)4 hours, 26 mins1 hours, 6 mins2 streams
NBN 75 (74/16.48Mbps)3 hours1 hours, 20 mins2 streams
Everyday OptiComm (74/20Mbps)3 hours1 hours, 6 mins2 streams
NBN 100 (99/32.96Mbps)2 hours, 14 mins40 mins3 streams
Family OptiComm (99/40Mbps)2 hours, 14 mins33 mins3 streams
NBN 250 (248/20.6Mbps)53 mins1 hour, 4 mins9 streams
Power User OptiComm (248/25Mbps)53 mins53 mins9 streams
NBN 1000 (600/41.2Mbps)22 mins32 mins24 streams
Power House OptiComm fibre (600/50Mbps)22 mins26 mins24 streams

Note that the typical evening download speeds are taken from Aussie Broadband, while the approximate average upload speeds are taken from the latest ACCC NBN broadband performance data. We’ve used max upload speed estimates for OptiComm.

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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