Not all Internet providers are the same, especially when it comes to NBN.
There are about a million different factors that can affect the speed and quality of the connection, which can make it a little harder to subscribe to a new plan as you wander through a minefield. Nobody wants to get stuck with stupid service.
Fortunately, some providers have done a great job in providing high-quality NBN, and thanks to the ACCC "Measuring Broadband Australia" program – which is based on real-world data from Australian households – we have a better idea who I am.
The ACCC released its third report on real NBN speeds at the end of last year, and the results were mostly good. Although there is always room for improvement, most of the NBN landline customers are constantly approaching the speeds they are paying.
TPG came out on top, offering rush-hour speeds that stood at 88.4% of the tops of the plan, while the previous Aussie Broadband champion followed 85.8%. iiNet and Optus were close behind with 84.8% and 84%, respectively. Finally, Telstra and MyRepublic have accumulated 83.5% and 82.1
These speed ratios are still quite new and include only 790 individual NBN connections in 15 internet service providers, so they do not necessarily have to be all and end all at the same time, they're pretty encouraging; it's hard to complain if you get peak download speeds between 80 Mbps and 90 Mbps.
Here's how these providers evaluate their NBN 100 Premium Evening Speed plans:
Telstra does not sell NBN 100 plans as a product self. If you want the NBN 100 speeds on Telstra, you will first have to sign up for one of the NBN 50 plans below. If your physical connection to the NBN is fast enough, you can then upgrade to a 100 Mbps plan for an additional $ 30 a month.
If you're eager to go with Telstra, the good news is that you're giving up the usual $ 240 installation fee on monthly plans until February 25th. Unless you want 24 months of Foxtel Now (valued at $ 25 a month) and a Telstra TV bundled with your NBN, this is the best option at the moment.  Because the current scope of ACCC speed monitoring is a bit limited, here are some other NBN plans from providers not currently included in the report.
Prices for these are similar to previous plans, but there are some noteworthy offers. SpinTel will make a 500 GB NBN 100 plan for just $ 69.95, provided you're happy to commit for 18 months. This is currently one of the most economical NBN 100 plans in circulation.
If you do not want to sign a contract, Sumo and Click Broadband are also quite cheap thanks to discounts on your first six months of service. And since plans are available without a contract, you can always leave after the promotion is over.
Alex Choros is Managing Editor of WhistleOut, Australia's telephone and Internet comparison website. Now he has had too many dreams related to the phone plan.
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