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Premium NBN 100 Plans

NBN 100 is currently the fastest readily available consumer NBN - it's called Premium for a reason.


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NBN100 plans are the fastest Internet plans that you can buy from most broadband retailers. It offers maximum speeds of up to 100Mbps, though your actual speed will depend upon your connection type, network congestion and your provider.

These kinds of plans suit households of four or more heavy users, or a few extremely heavy users who enjoy streaming high-definition video or downloading large files.

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Premium NBN 100 plans explained

A "Premium" NBN100 plan offers maximum download speeds of 100Mbps and upload speeds of 40Mbps, making it the fastest speed tier that you can buy in Australia. Not only do they allow for quick downloads and uploads for individual users, but they also allow multiple users to do these activities all at once on the same connection when slower connections might struggle.

  • Download speeds refer to how fast it takes you to download things from the Internet, e.g. browsing (you're essentially downloading a webpage to view), streaming content, social media and downloading files.
  • Upload speeds are how fast it takes for you to upload things onto the Internet such as uploading photos onto social media or uploading videos onto YouTube.

Some providers will offer NBN100 plans with max upload speeds of 20Mbps for less than a 40Mbps upload speed might cost you, which might suit you if you don't need to upload often. Premium plans aren't just premium because they're fast – they will also routinely cost about $20 to $30 more than the next speed tier down, NBN50.

How fast is Premium speed?

NBN 100 - or Premium speed NBN - represents the fastest available speed tier in the country. With maximum download speeds of 100Mbps, users should theoretically be able to download 12.5MB every second. This means you could download a 2-hour HD movie in just under 7 minutes.

Here's how fast it would take to download or upload a number of common files on various NBN speed tiers, assuming that each one is running at maximum speed the whole time. Keep in mind that NBN speeds are given in megabits per second (Mbps), with 8 megabits adding up to a single megabyte (MB).

Downloading an album (100MB)1 min33 sec16 sec8 sec
Downloading a 2-hour HD movie off Netflix (5GB)1 hr29 min14 min7 min
Downloading a new video game (40GB)7 hr 7 min3 hr 34 min1 hr 47 min54 min
Uploading a 20-minute 1080p video to YouTube (1.2 GB)2 hr 45 min32 min8 min4 min
Uploading a batch of high-res photos to Dropbox (5GB)11 hr 7 min2 hr 15 min33 min17 min

More on NBN speeds

Even if you're after the fastest NBN speeds you can get, that doesn't necessarily mean that you need an NBN100 plan. For a household of 2 people who love ultra-high-definition video streaming and extensive video gaming, an NBN100 plan is likely to be way more than they need and they could easily get away with an NBN50 or even an NBN25 plan for a much reduced cost. NBN100 plans are more useful for larger households (4 or more) of high-intensity Internet users, so that everyone can do their activities without the connection slowing down considerably.

Always keep in mind that even with an NBN100 plan, you will rarely if ever actually experience the maximum speed of 100Mbps. The factors which impact your actual speed include:

  • Network congestion. The more people using the network at once, the slower everyone's connection is. This is truer now than ever with the coronavirus outbreak confining many to their homes and moving many tasks online, so expect congestion to be at an all-time high.
  • Connection type. The technology used to connect your house to the NBN has an impact on how fast data can travel. Fibre to the premises connections will almost always run faster more of the time than a fibre to the node or fixed wireless connection.
  • Provider. Different providers purchase different amounts of bandwidth and will offer a wide range of typical evening speeds. We've listed the typical evening speeds offered by NBN100 plan providers below. Simply click on the 'typical evening speed' heading to rank providers according to their speed.

ProvidersTypical evening speed on NBN100 plan
Activ8me75.77 Mbps
Barefoot Telecom83.00 Mbps
10mates94.00 Mbps
Southern Phone76.00 Mbps
Aussie Broadband86.00 Mbps
Start Broadband80.00 Mbps
Kogan84.00 Mbps
Vodafone84.00 Mbps
Internode78.00 Mbps
Superloop90.00 Mbps
Inspired Broadband81.80 Mbps
Tomi Broadband80.00 Mbps
Flip82.00 Mbps
Exetel77.00 Mbps
TPG80.10 Mbps
iiNet83.60 Mbps
Harbour ISP83.70 Mbps
Tangerine83.00 Mbps
Optus80.00 Mbps
Telstra Mbps
SpinTel80.00 Mbps
Australia Broadband80.00 Mbps
Belong80.00 Mbps
Mate Communicate83.00 Mbps
Clear Broadband70.00 Mbps
MyRepublic83.00 Mbps
Accord80.00 Mbps
DSCI90.00 Mbps
Origin Broadband80.00 Mbps
Westnet83.60 Mbps
Goodtel83.00 Mbps

Is an NBN 100 plan right for me?

NBN usage quiz

It can be hard to know which NBN plan to choose. We've designed a simple data usage quiz designed to help you figure out how much data you might need.
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Here are the main types of people an NBN100 plan suits:

  • Several heavy Internet users. If there are 3 or 4 people who enjoy really high-resolution streaming of videos and are constantly downloading or uploading large files in your household, NBN100 could be suitable.
  • Many medium users. When you hit 5 or 6 people in a household who are using the Internet frequently at the same time, an NBN100 plan could be required just to have enough bandwidth for everyone.
  • Small businesses. If you're running a small business with several employees, an NBN100 plan might be needed for your various operations.

It's worth thinking about your needs when considering whether or not to buy an NBN100 plan because it will cost you a great deal more in the long term than the next step down. If you think you need one, consider starting at an NBN50 plan that doesn't have a lock-in contract and then upgrading if it turns out that you need more.

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