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How fast is Optus Internet?

Here's how Optus's Internet speeds stack up against other Australian broadband providers.

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As one of the largest Internet providers in Australia, Optus is a popular choice for folks who value experience and customer service as much as low prices and high speeds. But speed is still important, especially since it's one of the key differentiators when comparing NBN plans from different Aussie telcos.

So how does Optus perform in this regard? To answer that, we've collected speed data from a range of sources in the tables and charts below. You can use this data to compare Optus to other Aussie telcos and see whether Optus is fast enough for you.

Already an Optus customer and want to test your Internet speed? Use our speed test tool to see how fast your connection is.

Typical evening NBN speeds

Comparing the speeds of different NBN plans can be tricky. While plans are separated into four main NBN speed tiers, the speeds associated with those tiers are "theoretical maximums" – that is, they represent the absolute top speeds possible under the best conditions.

That's not how the real world works, which is why the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (the ACCC) created a set of guidelines advising Internet providers to display the speeds their customers typically see during the evening hours of 7pm to 11pm. These speeds provide a better indication of practical performance and are a valuable comparison point when choosing which Internet provider to go with.

In the chart below, you can see how Optus's typical evening speeds stack up against the providers currently offering the fastest speeds within the Standard NBN speed tier. To compare Optus with an even larger pool of Internet providers, head over to our round-up of the fastest peak-hour NBN providers in Australia.

Provider
iiNet
TPG Broadband
Optus
Belong Broadband
Tangerine Broadband
Kogan Broadband

Netflix speeds

If you're all about streaming TV and movies on-demand, you're going to want an Internet service that doesn't bog down in the middle of a Netflix binge. It's handy, then, that Netflix tracks the streaming speeds of its subscribers during "prime time" and uses them to rank the performance of the largest Aussie telcos. Bear in mind that these rankings are based solely on Netflix speeds and may not reflect performance when using other online services.

Below you can see how Optus fares against the other Australian telcos that Netflix tracks:

Data updated for Nov 2020 from the Netflix ISP Speed Index

Provider Average Prime Time Netflix speed
Telstra NBN 4.38Mbps
Optus NBN 4.24Mbps
Aussie Broadband 4.19Mbps
iiNet NBN 4.19Mbps
TPG NBN 4.14Mbps
Exetel 4.08Mbps
Telstra non-NBN 3.92Mbps
MyRepublic NBN 3.83Mbps
Optus non-NBN 3.80Mbps
iPrimus 3.59Mbps
Dodo 3.59Mbps
iiNet non-NBN 3.44Mbps
TPG non-NBN 3.29Mbps
MyRepublic non-NBN 2.92Mbps

YouTube speeds

Netflix isn't the only video service keeping tabs on the performance of Aussie telcos. Google's Video Quality Report provides similar insight for YouTube. Instead of average speeds, though, the report highlights how regularly a telco delivers high definition YouTube video streams to its customers at different times of the day. This data is averaged over 30 days to present a more reliable figure.

Here's how consistently Optus maintained HD YouTube streams compared to its highest-ranking competitors:

Data updated for Nov 2020 from Google's Video Quality Report

Provider 24-hour video quality average Peak-hour video quality average Overall video quality rating
Foxtel Broadband NBN 97.13% HD 98.00% HD 97.56% HD
Telstra NBN 95.79% HD 96.00% HD 95.90% HD
Dodo NBN 95.75% HD 96.00% HD 95.88% HD
TPG 95.33% HD 95.80% HD 95.57% HD
Activ8me 95.17% HD 95.60% HD 95.38% HD
Optus 94.79% HD 95.00% HD 94.90% HD

Steam speeds

Steam has long held the title of the go-to destination for PC video games. If you're one of its many millions of users, you're going to want an Internet provider capable of hitting high speeds when downloading from Steam's digital storefront.

Fortunately, Steam tracks average download speeds across a variety of Australian telcos, updating these figures every week to ensure they accurately reflect the current state of the market.

Take a look at the chart below to see where Optus ranks compared to all the providers tracked by Steam.

Data updated for Nov 2020 from Steam

Provider Average download speed on Steam
Aussie Broadband 41.2Mbps
MyRepublic 34.1Mbps
Exetel 28.7Mbps
Vodafone 26.1Mbps
Telstra 24.4Mbps
Optus 26.5Mbps
iiNet 22.5Mbps
TPG 24.6Mbps
iPrimus 20.1Mbps
Dodo 18.4Mbps

ACCC broadband performance data

Issuing guidelines isn't the only measure the ACCC has taken to keep Aussie Internet providers honest. It also conducts its own speed tests to measure how close providers get to hitting their maximum speeds during the peak evening hours of 7pm to 11pm. It then releases this data as a quarterly report to give Aussies a clearer picture of what they're paying for.

The chart below shows Optus's results compared to the other Aussie telcos included in the ACCC's report:

Data updated for Nov 2020 from ACCC Broadband Performance Report

Provider Percentage of Max. Download Speed (busy hours)
TPG 86.70%
Optus 85.50%
Aussie Broadband 85.30%
MyRepublic 84.80%
iiNet 84.20%
Telstra 83.10%
Exetel 82.80%
Dodo 80.40%
iPrimus 80.40%

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