TPG tops NBN speeds according to the ACCC

Alex Kidman 5 November 2018 NEWS

The ACCC's latest report into NBN speeds suggests that most NBN users hit between 84% to 89% of their peak speeds, even during busy evening times.

The ACCC has released its third Measuring Broadband Australia report, collating up broadband speed tests collected from a sample of 950 NBN and ADSL services across 15 different ISPs during August 2018.

Overall, its picture of NBN performance suggests that the majority of users should be seeing improved general performance, with most providers offering at least 84% of their plan speeds, and some stretching up to nearly 90% on average. Here's how the top providers compared based on the ACCC's findings:

Those percentages were across all NBN plan speed types, so if you were getting 88% of a 12Mbps basic NBN plan, that would be around 10.56Mbps, whereas the same factor applied to a 100Mbps NBN premium plan would suggest around 88Mbps downloaded.

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TPG topped out the listings for its TPG NBN plans by a small percentage over its competitors, but once the degree of confidence is taken into account, it's a very close race for all listed providers.

The ACCC's figures do note that NBN speeds outpace ADSL not just for actual download rate but also availability of bandwidth, with ADSL plans typically only hitting an average of 7.93Mbps download or 7.65Mbps during busy peak times.

"We are pleased that the Measuring Broadband Australia program is being taken very seriously by internet service providers and is delivering noticeable improvements to customers’ broadband speeds," ACCC chair Rod Sims said.

"We encourage customers who aren’t getting the speeds they expected to contact their internet service provider to see if they need to change plans," he stated.

Mr Sims did note that the ACCC's findings were somewhat at odds with NBN Co's own figures, which suggest that congestion has risen slightly in recent months, something he attributed to the providers not currently part of the ACCC's measuring system.

"We want to encourage consumers, particularly those with smaller internet service providers, to register their interest in the program so we can provide statistically significant results for a wider range of services," he said.

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