NBN speed tiers explained

Understanding the different NBN speed tiers will help you choose the best value plan for your needs.

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When comparing the various NBN plans on offer from your Internet service provider, it’s important to consider the different speed levels. After all, just because an Internet plan has the word NBN, doesn’t necessarily mean it will be sufficient for your particular household. To avoid poor speeds or paying too much, it’s important to select the correct tier from the outset.

What are the NBN speed tiers?

Currently, the most important feature of an NBN plan is the "typical evening speed", which we've broken down in our guide. It's the best indicator of the speeds you can expect to experience during the busiest hours of 7:00PM to 11:00PM. These speeds can vary dramatically from provider to provider since they are contingent on how much bandwidth that provider has purchased from nbnco as well as the number of customers that provider has. These changes were in response to recent pressure from the ACCC.

The NBN speed tiers have been rebranded to reflect this change of focus, with the four tiers now categorised as Basic, Standard, Standard Plus and Premium.

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Why is my NBN connection slow?

Even with the NBN rolling out across the country, your connection might still be slower than advertised or expected. It might not be the wrong plan – there are a number of factors that can impact the speed that you receive at any given point in time. If you're having trouble with your NBN speeds, check out our comprehensive guide to speeding up your NBN connection.

Looking to the future

Ever since the rollout of the NBN began in 2013, data quotas have become much larger and the faster speed tiers have come down in price quite sharply. This trend will only continue and will cause more people to spring for the faster speed tiers as they become more affordable.

Advancement in speed tiers that go well beyond 100/40 Mbps will also start to take shape. In fact, some ISPs have already started to offer 200/200 Mbps plans to those who are connected to the network with FTTP.

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    steveJuly 16, 2017

    Hi, I have just been comparing plans on here, none of them mention HFC connection, hybrid fibre which is what is installed. Going by the NBN website, what’s the go with that?

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      RenchJuly 17, 2017Staff

      Hi Steve,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      The HFC cable connection goes through to a connection point in your home, similar to the one used for Pay TV delivery and then to a modem historically provided by Telstra or Optus. As the NBN continues to be rolled out, ultimately the HFC cables will be integrated into the NBN as part of the long term Multi-Technology Mix strategy.

      You can go to this page to see more info and compare HFC cable broadband plans.


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