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Basic II NBN 25 plans

An NBN25 plan will let your small household access all that the Internet has to offer.

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NBN25 plans are called "Basic II" for a reason. They offer maximum download speeds of 25Mbps and uploads of 5Mbps, allowing standard users to do pretty much anything they want with the Internet without trouble.

An NBN25 plan suits a smaller household that has an appetite for videos, downloading files and video calls.

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Basic II speed NBN25 plans explained

A "Basic II" NBN25 plan offers maximum download speeds of 25Mbps and upload speeds of 5Mbps, making it the third-fastest speed tier you can buy in Australia at the moment. They're significantly faster than older ADSL connections, allowing a few users moderate Internet use, even at the same time.

  • 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 putting videos on your YouTube channel.

These plans are fairly balanced. They'll usually cost you $60 and up per month but should serve your needs almost as well as the next tier up, which usually costs around $10 extra monthly.

How do NBN25 Basic II speeds compare?

ActivityNBN12NBN25NBN50NBN100
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

When looking at the above numbers, consider whether time is often an issue for you. Would it be a problem for something to take a couple of hours to download or upload, or could you just leave it running in the background? If time is a common issue for you, then consider upgrading to an NBN50 plan.

Having an NBN25 plan can save you quite a bit of money compared to higher speed tiers. An NBN50 plan will be at least another $10 per month and an NBN100 plan will cost you in the neighbourhood of $30 to $40 extra for its premium speeds. NBN25 plans can be the sweet spot for small households.

Things to consider about NBN speeds

When NBN12 is a bit too slow for you, an NBN25 plan can be a great solution. If you're only a small household but like streaming videos and playing games, you should easily be able to get away with an NBN25 plan. And if it turns out not to be quite enough, you can always bump it up to NBN50 so long as you're on a month-to-month plan.

All things being equal, you're unlikely to reach the full 25Mbps on your connection very often, if at all. Here's what plays into your connection speed at any given time:

  • 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.
  • Hardware and software. What modem and router you use can affect your speed, as can the device you're using to connect (such as a laptop or tablet). Older hardware can struggle and devices on Wi-Fi will have a worse connection than something wired. Check our guide to common fixes for slow connections for more.
  • 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 NBN25 plan providers below. You can rank them in terms of speed by toggling with the "typical evening speeds" heading.


ProvidersTypical evening speed on NBN25 plans
Barefoot Telecom19.00 Mbps
10mates24.00 Mbps
Southern Phone19.00 Mbps
Aussie Broadband22.00 Mbps
Start Broadband23.00 Mbps
Kogan20.00 Mbps
Vodafone20.00 Mbps
Internode16.40 Mbps
Superloop22.20 Mbps
Inspired Broadband20.40 Mbps
Tomi Broadband20.91 Mbps
Flip21.00 Mbps
Exetel20.00 Mbps
iiNet21.30 Mbps
Tangerine21.00 Mbps
Telstra25.00 Mbps
SpinTel21.00 Mbps
Australia Broadband20.00 Mbps
Mate19.00 Mbps
Clear Broadband17.00 Mbps
MyRepublic15.00 Mbps
Accord20.90 Mbps
DCSI22.00 Mbps
Origin Broadband20.00 Mbps
Westnet21.30 Mbps
Goodtel21.00 Mbps
Mint Telecom15.00 Mbps

Is an NBN25 plan the best option for me?

NBN usage quiz

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This is who an NBN25 plan suits well:

  • A few moderate users. A household of 2–3 people who like watching videos (even in HD) or playing games should do fine on an NBN25 plan.
  • People who aren't in a rush. So long as you don't mind waiting a bit longer for some bigger downloads or uploads, an NBN25 can be a nice budget option.


It's still important to consider your needs when you buy any NBN plan. A month-to-month NBN25 plan is an excellent starting point for most smaller households because you can always bump up to an NBN50 plan if you find yourself struggling or not having quite enough bandwidth. There's a reason it's called the Basic II tier, after all.

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