Internet speed test

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Depending on which speed tier your NBN plan is on, you can expect the following NBN speeds:

NBN speed tierAverage speeds
Basic II (NBN 25)15-22Mbps
Standard (NBN 50)30-40Mbps
Fast (NBN 100)60-85Mbps
Superfast (NBN 250)110-150Mbps

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Mobile Internet

Need a quick refresher on the terms?

Click on the sections below to find out what each of the measures in the speed test above actually mean.

Which Internet speed is right for me?

The right speed for you will depend on what Internet connection you're currently using. Choose from the below:

What's the right NBN speed for me?

Got your speed test results? Now:

  1. Check your speed tier. You can find out what speed tier you're on from your latest Internet bill, or by contacting your provider.
  2. Compare it with the values below. If your result is within the "poor" range for your speed tier, it's time to troubleshoot your connection or consider switching. If it isn't poor but feels too slow for your needs, consider upgrading.
NBN speed tierPoor speeds
Basic II (NBN 25)0-15Mbps
Standard (NBN 50)0-30Mbps
Fast (NBN 100)0-60Mbps
Superfast (NBN 250)0-150Mbps

If you're looking to get a better and faster NBN plan, there are 2 things you should consider when trying to choose the right speed for your household:

What affects my Internet speed?


1. Number of people

The more people using your Internet connection, the faster the speeds you'll need. As a quick guide:

  • 1-2 people will be fine with NBN 25
  • 2-3 will need NBN 50
  • 4+ will need at least NBN 100

2. Online activities

Basic browsing, emails and streaming don't require more than NBN 25. But if you're doing all these things at once, NBN 50 is a safer choice as a starting point.

Get a faster NBN plan with speeds up to:

What ADSL speed should I be getting?

Unlike the NBN, ADSL isn't differentiated into speed tiers. There's really only 1 measure for it:

Maximum speedAverage speed in Australia

If you're not happy with your current ADSL speed and the NBN hasn't reached your premises just yet, you could consider alternatives like mobile broadband or home wireless broadband plans.

Which mobile Internet speed is best for me?

Mobile broadband runs off 3 different technologies or generations: 3G, the widespread 4G and the cutting-edge 5G, which is still being rolled out in Australia.

Here's a table of the relative speeds of each one.

TechnologyTypical speed rangeAverage speedUseful for
3G0.5-40Mbps6MbpsBasic browsing, emails
4G2-150Mbps38.5MbpsHigh definition video, gaming
5G50Mbps-1Gbps300Mbps*Large downloads, 4K video streaming

*Since 5G is a relatively new technology in Australia, the figures above are approximates and based on limited data. Speeds can vary as the rollout continues.

Deciding whether your mobile Internet is running at the speeds it should is tricky because speeds can vary depending on your location.

If you're using home wireless broadband and the speeds you're receiving are nowhere near the averages in the table above, you may have cause for concern.

We recommend speaking to your provider if your mobile Internet speeds are below average.

How can I get faster Internet?

Check out our video below as our Entertainment Editor, Chris Stead, gives you quick fixes to get faster Internet at home.

We have a more in-depth guide for troubleshooting slow Internet, but here are the main reasons for a slower-than-usual connection:

1. Network congestion

  • The problem: Too many people online at the same time is similar to a traffic jam on a highway – everything slows down.
  • The fix: Either avoid congestion by logging on at a different time of day, or switch to a provider with better typical evening speeds.

2. Distance to your modem

  • The problem: Your modem is too far away from your device, or it's behind a couple of walls. This leads to a weak signal and slow speeds.
  • The fix: Just move closer to your modem or move your modem closer to you. If this isn't possible, you can try wiring your device directly by ethernet cable or buying a Wi-Fi range extender.

3. Old/damaged equipment

  • The problem: Your modem or device is too old, or it has outdated software.
  • The fix: If you're in the market for a new modem, check out our guide for the best modems and routers in the market. If you're not ready to commit to a new modem, you could also try running a virus scan, updating your network drivers or closing background applications.

We suggest some specific fixes above, but if all else fails, contacting your provider's tech support team is never a bad idea. Just watch out for the wait times.

Do I need a faster Internet plan?

When all's said and done, if your connection is too slow for you and it's not a technical issue, it's time to upgrade.

Switching plans shouldn't take more than about 15 minutes using our comparison table below.

You can search by speed, price and more using the filters.

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