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Fastest NBN providers

The ACCC regularly tests 12 major NBN providers in Australia, making it easier to choose a fast Internet plan for your home.

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Every quarter, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) speed tests NBN connections from the top 12 providers.

It measures speeds for all hours of the day including the crucial peak period (7–11pm) when most people are online.

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Fastest NBN provider in Australia

In the ACCC's latest report, Exetel came out on top for offering the fastest, most reliable NBN connection.

It had the highest percentage (103.3%) of maximum plan speed achieved. This means Exetel, for example, yielded speeds of over 100Mbps on an NBN 100 plan and over 50Mbps on NBN 50.

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Fastest NBN providers: Percentage of max download speed

Here's a quick overview of how all of the providers fared for fixed-line NBN connections during both peak hours and all hours of the day.

RankNBN providerPeak hoursOverall (all hours)
#1Exetel103.3%104.5%
#2Optus100%100.8%
#3MyRepublic99.1%99.8%
#4Telstra98.7%99.6%
#5Launtel98.4%100.3%
#6TPG96.9%98.1%
#7Dodo96.7%97.5%
#8iPrimus96.7%97.5%
#9iiNet95.8%96.7%
#10Superloop95.4%96.5%
#11Vodafone95.1%96.3%
#12Aussie Broadband95.1%96.1%

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.

1. Exetel's fastest NBN plans

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
  • No lock-in contract or set-up fee
  • 2-month free trial of Home Secure

2. Optus's fastest NBN plans

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)

3. MyRepublic's fastest NBN plans

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
  • No set-up fee and no lock-in contract

4. Telstra's fastest NBN plans

Australia's biggest telco, Telstra, came in 4th this month, hitting 98.7% of max speeds during peak hours.

What else does Telstra offer?

  • A free modem if you stay connected for 24 months. If you leave early all you have to do is return the modem to Telstra (or pay a $200 no-return fee)
  • Option to join Telstra Plus to earn reward points
  • Home phone line with unlimited standard national, local and mobile calls at no extra cost
  • 3 month subscription to BINGE (for new subscribers)
  • No lock-in contract or set-up fee

5. Launtel's fastest NBN plans

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.

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