How fast is TPG Internet?

Here's how TPG stacks up against the fastest broadband providers on the market.

A steady succession of acquisitions and network expansion has seen TPG become one of the leading providers of broadband Internet in Australia. Speed in particular is one of its key selling points, with TPG touting higher-than-average download speeds on many of its NBN plans.

However, Internet speeds are more than a single number. To properly assess an Internet provider's performance, you need to compare data from a variety of different sources. That's exactly what we've done below. Read on to see how fast TPG is compared to other Australian broadband providers.

If you're already with TPG and you're looking to test your Internet speed, use our speed test tool to see how fast your connection is.

Typical evening NBN speeds

Thanks to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (the ACCC) releasing recommendations around how NBN speeds should be advertised, most Australian telcos now clearly state the typical evening speeds customers can expect during the busy hours of 7:00pm to 11:00pm.

This information provides a much better indication of real-world performance than the standard NBN speed tiers. It also allows for a more direct comparison between plans from different NBN providers, making it easier to determine which one is fast enough for you.

Take a look at the chart below to see how TPG's typical evening speeds rank against other NBN providers. We've sorted the rankings to highlight the fastest providers within the Standard Plus speed tier. If you want to compare TPG against even more NBN providers, check out our guide to the fastest peak-hour NBN providers in Australia.

Provider Standard Plus tier
Commander 47.00Mbps
10Mates 47.00Mbps
Foxtel Broadband 45.30Mbps
Vodafone Broadband 45.00Mbps
Kogan Broadband 45.00Mbps
TPG Broadband 43.70Mbps

Netflix speeds

Typical evening speeds are a handy guide for general Internet performance, but they don't provide a whole lot of insight into a broadband provider's quality of service on specific platforms like Netflix. Fortunately, Netflix takes care of this itself through the Netflix ISP Speed Index, a monthly report that tracks the streaming speeds of popular Australian telcos during "prime time".

The chart below shows how TPG's performance stacks up against the other telcos included in the Netflix ISP Speed Index. Just remember that the reported speeds only reflect Netflix performance and may not translate to other online activities or streaming platforms.

Data updated for Sep 2019 from the Netflix ISP Speed Index

Provider Average Prime Time Netflix speed
Telstra NBN 4.56Mbps
Optus NBN 4.46Mbps
Aussie Broadband 4.44Mbps
iiNet NBN 4.38Mbps
TPG NBN 4.34Mbps
Exetel 4.29Mbps
Telstra non-NBN 4.17Mbps
Optus non-NBN 4.10Mbps
MyRepublic NBN 3.87Mbps
iPrimus 3.72Mbps
Dodo 3.72Mbps
iiNet non-NBN 3.68Mbps
TPG non-NBN 3.65Mbps
MyRepublic non-NBN 3.06Mbps
For more information on how Netflix ranks Australian Internet providers, head over to our round-up of the fastest broadband providers for streaming Netflix.

YouTube speeds

Prefer watching YouTube to bingeing on Netflix? No worries. Google provides its own performance analysis of Australian Internet providers for YouTube, aptly named the Google Video Quality Report. Rather than listing average speeds it tracks the proportion of High Definition (HD) YouTube streams a particular provider delivers throughout the day, averaged over a full month to mitigate spurious results.

You can see how reliable TPG's YouTube streams are compared to the top-ranking Aussie telcos below.

Data updated for Sep 2019 from Google's Video Quality Report

Provider 24-hour video quality average Peak-hour video quality average Overall video quality rating
Foxtel Broadband NBN 96.75% HD 97.60% HD 97.18% HD
Telstra NBN 95.75% HD 96.00% HD 95.88% HD
TPG 95.33% HD 95.40% HD 95.37% HD
Aussie Broadband 95.00% HD 95.40% HD 95.20% HD
Activ8me 95.29% HD 95.00% HD 95.15% HD
Dodo NBN 95.58% HD 94.60% HD 95.09% HD
TPG ADSL 87.96% HD 87.20% HD 87.58% HD
You can compare the YouTube performance of even more Internet providers in our guide to the fastest broadband providers for YouTube.

Steam speeds

The PC games business is almost entirely digital these days, and that's largely due to the popularity of the PC games storefront Steam. Its hundreds of millions of users download an enormous number of games every day, and Steam uses that data to rank the average download speeds of Internet providers from dozens of countries – Australia included.

To see how fast TPG's Steam downloads are compared to the other Internet providers Steam tracks, check out the chart below.

Data updated for Sep 2019 from Steam

Provider Average download speed on Steam
Aussie Broadband 38.5Mbps
MyRepublic 34.2Mbps
Exetel 27.6Mbps
Vodafone 25.7Mbps
Telstra 25.5Mbps
Optus 24.2Mbps
iiNet 22.6Mbps
TPG 22.3Mbps
iPrimus 17.4Mbps
Dodo 16.0Mbps
Our full analysis of the fastest broadband providers for Steam has even more information, if you're interested.

ACCC broadband performance data

While the ACCC's push for clearer advertising around NBN speeds has made comparing Internet services considerably simpler, it's not the only initiative the consumer advocacy group has undertaken. Every quarter, the ACCC releases a report ranking the broadband performance of the largest Aussie telcos. The report uses data obtained from the ACCC's own speed tests and highlights how close each provider came to hitting its maximum speeds during the busy evening hours of 7:00pm to 11:00pm.

In the chart below, you can see how well TPG performed against the other telcos included in the ACCC report.

Data updated for Sep 2019 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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