The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) this week released its sixth report on real-world NBN speeds, and the results weren’t too bad. Providers are now delivering between 80.4% and 86.7% of maximum plan speeds during peak usage hours of 7pm - 11pm. Here's how the major ISPs compared.
The report’s sample is now large enough to provide peak hour speed information about nine major ISPs: Aussie Broadband, Dodo, Exetel, iiNet, iPrimus, MyRepublic, Optus, Telstra, and TPG.
TPG came out on top once again: its customers were found to receive 86.7% of its plan's maximum speeds during busy periods, putting the telco ahead of the eight other providers in the report.
Here are the full results:
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It's worth noting that the ACCC speed testing program sample size isn’t huge: it covered 1095 NBN connections. There’s almost certainly a margin of error when it comes to this data, but at the same time, it’s not a bad indication of how Australia’s ISPs perform.
Best NBN plans
Here’s a look at NBN 100 plans from the providers in the ACCC report:
MyRepublic is the cheapest when it comes to NBN 100 plans from the ISP shortlist. You’ll pay $79.95 per month for the first 12 months, and $89.95 per month thereafter. The plan is offered on a no-contract basis, so you can leave whenever you want. This offer is only slated to run until August 8 however, so if you want this plan, you might want to get in soon.
Reigning champ TPG is up next in terms of price, coming in at $89.99 per month on an 18-month contract. You can however pay a $99.95 set-up fee if you’d prefer a contract-free plan.
And here’s a look at NBN 50 plans from the providers in the ACCC report:
Exetel is the cheapest option when looking at the NBN 50 plans here. You’ll pay $64.99 per month for unlimited data on a contract-free plan. You will be hit with a $79 setup fee, however.
Note that Telstra doesn't have an NBN 100 plan in its core range. To get NBN 100 speeds on Telstra you'll need to sign up for an NBN 50 plan and, if your physical connection is fast enough, you can then upgrade to NBN 100 for an extra $30 per month. Dodo and iPrimus don’t sell NBN 100 plans either, and don’t have any options for upgrading. MyRepublic doesn’t currently sell an NBN 50 plan.
Alex Choros is Managing Editor at WhistleOut, Australia's phone and internet comparison website.