For its most recent report, the testing period took place in December 2021. Around 262,983 download speed tests were performed across 1,266 fixed-line NBN services.
Users attained an average download performance of 98.4% of plan speed during all hours. This number decreased to 97.4% during the busy hours (between 7pm and 11pm) which is when networks experience higher user activity.
The ACCC reports a 95% confidence rate in its results.
Compare the fastest NBN plans
We've taken a deeper dive into the top 5 fastest NBN providers in Australia and the plans they offer, starting from NBN 50 up to NBN 1000 (where applicable).
You can then decide which one suits your budget and speed requirements best.
Good to know:
For most homes with 2–4 people with regular Internet use, an NBN 50 or NBN 100 plan should suffice.
NBN 250 and NBN 1000 plans are available to households with FTTP or select HFC connection types.
Exetel knocked off regular winner Optus to secure this month's win. The good news is you won't have to pay an arm and a leg to sign up to the fastest NBN provider in Australia, with regular promotions saving you $10–$15 off each month.
What else does Exetel offer?
The option to BYO modem or pay $130 to buy from Exetel directly
This month, Optus was the kid in class who scored 100% on their test, only to be bested by someone who did the extra credit task. Optus hit 100% of its maximum speeds during peak hours, and you'll pay a higher price tag for its fast, reliable NBN plans.
What else does Optus offer?
Free modem with 4G back-up if you stay connected for 36 months (otherwise pay $7 for each month remaining)
Access to Optus Sport and OS Fitness
Free Standard Netflix subscription included on some plans (valued at $16.99 per month)
No lock-in contract or set-up fee
Free Optus Ultra WiFi Booster with its family plans if you stay connected for 36 months (otherwise pay $6 for each month remaining)
MyRepublic was just shy of earning a 100% score but its speeds are still fast, especially for its NBN 50 plan. Its prices occasionally get cheaper if it happens to run a $10 monthly discount promotion.
What else does MyRepublic offer?
30 Happiness Guarantee. You can get a full refund of your plan and hardware fees if you're unhappy with your service
Gamer Pro plans that come with a static IP address, a network designed for gamers and more
The option to BYO modem or pay $149 for a new one from the provider
Launtel is a new addition to this month's Broadband Performance report. It gets full marks for its speeds during all hours of the day but falls just short during the peak period.
What else does Launtel offer?
Per day pricing. Unlike other providers that offer monthly pricing, Launtel does it per day (we've calculated the approximate monthly prices in our tables to make comparing a bit easier). This allows you to switch between speed tiers daily, should you wish to
No lock-in contract and no set-up fee
The option to BYO modem (or you can call Launtel to ask what modems they're currently offering)
Not convinced? Compare to find the right NBN plan
If you're not liking the look of the providers above, compare NBN plans yourself and toggle with the filters to find one better suited for your needs.
According to the latest Measuring Australia Broadband report from March 2022, the fastest Internet provider in Australia is Exetel. It achieved 103.3% of its advertised maximum speeds during peak hours, and 104.5% during all hours of the day.
The best NBN provider will depend on what you're after in terms of speed, price and plan features. You can find our top picks for the best NBN plans in Australia this month here.
The fastest NBN speed tier in Australia is NBN 1000, also known as "Ultrafast". This would mostly suit small businesses, but of course your household could very well have a need for the fastest speeds available so choose what works best for you.
On Finder, the fastest NBN plan is Telstra's Ultrafast Internet plan with a typical evening speed of 700Mbps
NBN 250 plans can offer anywhere between 150Mbps and 250Mbps speeds during the peak hours of the day.
All speeds that fall in this range are considered "Superfast" and are best suited for households of 5+ with heavy Internet usage. This includes being online at the same time, downloading large files, frequent Zoom video calls, ultra HD video streaming and more.
Keep in mind that only homes with FTTP or some HFC connection types can sign up to an NBN 250 plan or faster.
There is currently no other Internet plan in Australia that offers faster speeds than an NBN 1000 plan.
Your best alternative to the NBN for fast speeds would be a 5G home Internet plan. You can expect speeds of 200–300Mbps.
Keep in mind that 5G coverage isn't widely available in Australia yet so you may not be able to access it until it's rolled out in your location.
Mariam Gabaji is a senior writer for Finder, specialising in energy, mobile and Internet plans. She has over eight years of experience across both print and digital. Mariam's worked as editor of Lifehacker Australia, senior commissioning editor at Culture Trip in London and sports editor at The Express Tribune, a national newspaper in Pakistan. She has a Bachelor Honours degree in Broadcasting & Journalism from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology in Malaysia.
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