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Best NBN Plans

Compare NBN plans from a range of providers with Savvy to help you find the best possible deal for your home or office.

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Internet - Compare Broadband & NBN Plans

We’ve partnered with Econnex to bring you a range of internet plans to help you compare them.

The NBN has given Australians living all around the country access to another option when it comes to their internet. Whether you're in the heart of Melbourne's CBD or living in rural Western Australia, it's crucial to take the time to compare NBN plans to help you see which one is the best for your needs.

You can do just that right here with Savvy. By filling out our simple online quote form, you'll be able to compare the best possible NBN plans for where you live from a panel of trusted Australian providers. Get the process started with us and lock in your internet plan today!

What's the best type of NBN plan for me?

Internet service providers (or ISPs) are now offering six speed tiers for customers to choose from when it comes to their NBN plans. It's important to understand how each of these plans works before you choose which is the best one for your needs, so you can read about each in the table below:

NBN 12

NBN 12

Maximum download speed: 12Mbps

Maximum upload speed: 1Mbps

Also known as Basic I, NBN 12 is the least powerful option available to Australians and, as a result, also the cheapest. With maximum download speeds of 12Mbps and upload speeds of just 1Mbps, plans of this nature are generally more popular among single-person households and very light internet users, such as those checking emails and social media.

NBN 25

NBN 25

Maximum download speed: 25Mbps

Maximum upload speed: 10Mbps

The next step up from the slowest available plan is NBN 25, which is also known as Basic II. This plan comes with double the download speed capacity compared to NBN 12, making it suitable for many small households with a few devices connected simultaneously and for activities like web browsing, email, social media and occasional streaming of standard definition content.

NBN 50

NBN 50

Maximum download speed: 50Mbps

Maximum upload speed: 20Mbps

NBN 50 (Standard) plans are the most popular in Australia, with 58% of the 8.6 million residential broadband connections making use of this speed in 2021, according to the ACCC’s NBN Wholesale Market Indicators Report from December 2021. This plan is often used by those who stream high-definition content, enjoy online gaming and have multiple devices connected at once, as well as households with a mix of entertainment needs.

NBN 100

NBN 100

Maximum download speed: 100Mbps

Maximum upload speed: 20Mbps to 40Mbps

NBN 100 (Fast) was originally the fastest speed tier available through the NBN. It’s capable of reaching maximum download speeds of up to 100Mbps and comes with an upload speed capacity of either 20Mbps or 40Mbps. These plans are popular among heavy internet users, gamers and families with multiple devices engaged in simultaneous streaming, online gaming and large file sharing.

NBN 250

NBN 250

Maximum download speed: 250Mbps

Maximum upload speed: 25Mbps

One of the two additions to the original NBN lineup, NBN 250 (also known as Superfast) more than doubles the potential power of NBN 100 connections. Power users, home offices, small businesses and households with demanding connectivity requirements may all look to this type of connection, although such speeds can only be supported by Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) and Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) connections at the moment.

NBN 1000

NBN 1000

Maximum download speed: 1Gbps

Maximum upload speed: 50Mbps

The most powerful (and expensive) type of NBN plan currently available in Australia is NBN 1000 (Ultrafast). It may be the connection of choice for businesses, creative professionals and heavy users who need lightning-fast upload and download speeds for tasks like large data transfers, video conferencing and server hosting. Like NBN 250, it can only be supported by FTTP and HFC connections.

What's the best type of NBN connection?

There are several different types of connection that can be installed under the NBN rollout. While you likely won't have a choice as to which you’ll receive when buying an NBN plan, it’s crucial to understand how each of them works before you select your internet plan. NBN connections can be established via the following methods:

FTTP

Fibre to the Premises (FTTP)

FTTP connections are seen as the most effective type of NBN connection currently available in Australia for internet plans. They’re also the simplest in nature: fibre optic cables, which are specially designed for conducting larger amounts of data and faster internet speeds, are connected directly from your home to an NBN access point in your area.

FTTN

Fibre to the Node (FTTN)

The most common type of NBN connection in Australia, FTTN utilises not only new fibre optic cables to connect it to the NBN but also existing copper cables previously used for ADSL and phone connections. These connect to a central cabinet or node in your area to establish your NBN connection. The further away from the node you are (and the longer the copper cable in use), the more your internet speeds are likely to degrade.

FTTC

Fibre to the Curb (FTTC)

FTTC connections are also made possible through existing copper lines. However, in this instance, fibre optic cables are installed up to the threshold of the property (usually the end of the driveway) to connect your property to a distribution point on your street, with the remaining connection coming from your copper phone lines. Because of the reduced use of copper cables, FTTC is seen as more reliable and faster than FTTN connections.

FTTB

Fibre to the Building (FTTB)

FTTB connections are designed for people living in apartment blocks and hotels, particularly those in high-rise dwellings. Also known as Fibre to the Basement connections, these are made through installing a fibre optic cable in the communications room of your building which then connects to the copper cables that run into your apartment or hotel room, with the quality of internet you receive ultimately depending on your building's setup.

HFC

Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC)

HFC is also one of the most powerful types of NBN connection in terms of capable speeds. It utilises existing connections to paid television networks such as Foxtel, as well as other advanced cable networks like Telstra or Optus, to connect users to the NBN. Alongside FTTP, HTC connections are one of the only types of NBN connection capable of powering an NBN 250 or 1000 plan from someone’s home or business.

Fixed Wireless

Fixed Wireless

Where physical connections aren’t possible, customers may be able to access the NBN via a Fixed Wireless connection. These involve data being transmitted over radio signals from your home or business to a tower via an outdoor antenna installed on your property. These connections can be made over a distance of up to 14km, with the strength of your internet being impacted by your distance from the tower.

Satellite

Sky Muster Satellite

The final connection type available to Australians is via satellite. This is designed specifically for regional homes and businesses which may not otherwise be able to connect to the NBN and is made possible through the installation of a satellite dish on the roof of the property and an additional modem. Like Fixed Wireless connections, internet speeds are likely to vary depending on your location.

How do I compare the best Australian NBN plans?

When researching the best NBN plans, it's crucial to compare a range of offers before you sign on the dotted line. You can do just that with Savvy through our simple online quote form, allowing you to consider a wide variety of deals side-by-side in one place. It's worth considering the following variables when deciding which NBN plan is the best for your needs:

  • Cost: comparing prices can help you find a plan which not only aligns with your internet needs, but also with your budget. This can help you avoid paying more than you need to for your internet plan.
  • Data allowance: data allowance determines how much internet usage you get each month. It's vital to match your usage habits to prevent overage charges or slowdowns due to exceeding limits. However, it’s worth noting the majority of NBN plans today come with unlimited data.
  • Speed tier: as mentioned, speed tiers dictate how fast your internet connection is. Selecting the appropriate tier can help ensure smooth streaming, gaming and browsing based on your household's needs.
  • Evening speed: this reflects how well the connection performs during peak hours. Considering this will help give you a more accurate reflection of how fast your internet may be when you’re most likely to be using it.
  • Contract terms: whether you opt for a plan with no contract term or one which locks you in for six to 12 months is another important consideration. No-contract NBN plans are more common in today’s market, but it’s worth thinking about which suits you best.
  • Fees: various fees (such as for installation, setup and equipment such as modems or routers) can impact the total cost. Understanding these fees helps prevent surprises and allows you to evaluate the overall value of the plan before you buy it.
  • Additional features: extra inclusions such as streaming subscriptions or entertainment packages may enhance your plan's value. It’s important to consider any added extras on different plans to help you determine whether they’re worth it for you.

Which NBN plan is right for you?

Common queries about the best NBN plans

Who offers the best Australian NBN plans?

The best NBN plan for you will depend entirely on your needs and circumstances, such as how much you use it, what you use it for and what connections are available in your area. Because of this, there's no one provider who offers the best plans, so it's important to compare offers through Savvy to help you find the right plan for you through 

What are the best unlimited NBN plans?

You can receive unlimited NBN plans for any speed tier, so the best will vary depending on what your needs are as an individual, family or business. However, the best plans will be the ones which offer speeds which meet your requirements at the most affordable price.

Are NBN plans the best or should I buy a wireless plan?

Wireless internet plans are, in some respects, seen as a direct competitor to NBN connections. With the rollout of the new 5G network in Australia which is theoretically capable of operating at speeds close to NBN 1000, wireless is a viable option for those looking for strong internet. The important factor to note on these connections is that they may be more affected by network congestion, as well as the mobile coverage in your area.

Can I still buy the best Fixed Wireless or Sky Muster Satellite NBN plans if I live in a non-rural area?

Probably not – because you don’t usually get a choice of the type of connection you receive with your NBN plan, you likely won’t be able to purchase plans of this nature if you’re in a metro or suburban area. Additionally, Fixed Wireless and Sky Muster Satellite NBN plans aren’t as strong as those connected by physical cables and can be less reliable, particularly during peak hours.

What are the best NBN plans for pensioners?

Most pensioners won’t use as much internet as younger people, so a slower speed tier plan could be a suitable option for you. However, this will ultimately depend on your overall usage and how you use the internet.

Will I have to pay anything for NBN installation for the best plans?

In most cases, NBN plans come with free installation. However, where you may have to pay is if your home or business’ existing infrastructure isn’t up to par in terms of conducting an NBN connection (or the specific NBN connection you're looking for). You may be charged a New Development Fee, which is typically around $300, in cases where a new build has the infrastructure installed to connect to the NBN but no active connection has been established.

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Savvy is partnered with Econnex Comparison (CIMET Sales Pty Ltd, ABN 72 620 395 726) to provide readers with a variety of internet plans to compare. We do not compare all retailers in the market, or all plans offered by all retailers. Savvy earns a commission from Econnex each time a customer buys an internet plan via our website. We don’t arrange for products to be purchased directly, as all purchases are conducted via Econnex.

Any advice presented above is general in nature and doesn’t consider your personal or business objectives, needs or finances. It’s always important to consider whether advice is suitable for you before purchasing an internet plan. For further information on the variety of internet plans compared by Econnex, or how their business works, you can visit their website.

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