what are the theoretical maximum internet speeds on the nbn?

Not all nbn plans are the same, especially from one internet provider to another. When it comes to the National Broadband Network, the maximum speeds you’ll achieve from your nbn connection will differ depending on the nbn speed tier you choose when you sign up to a plan with an internet service provider. Some internet providers may offer different speed tiers, but all tiers are based on the products that nbn co makes available.

nbn speed plans – what’s the difference?

nbn speed tiers offered by internet service providers are based on the maximum download speeds and upload speeds of a particular nbn speed tier and will come with a listed typical evening speed (7pm-11pm). It’s important to note that the quoted speeds of an nbn speed tier, for example, nbn 250 (Home Superfast) or nbn 50/20, are not the actual speeds you will always achieve when using your internet service.

what can affect the maximum speed of an nbn plan?

The broadband speeds you’ll experience in real-world use will always depend on a number of other factors including the following:

  • The type of nbn technology you have and whether there are any limitations on this technology;
    For example, factors affecting the maximum attainable speed on plans using nbn’s wireless technologies may include the signal strength or obstruction of the antenna’s line of sight to the tower and weather conditions. Factors affecting the maximum attainable speed on plans using nbn Fibre to the Node (FTTN) technology include the length of the copper line from your premises to the node, the quality of this copper line, your existing in-home cabling and even weather conditions, such as storms or heavy rain.
  • Any network congestion at the time you are using your internet connection;
  • If you have multiple devices connected at the same time;
  • What you’re doing on the internet, where you are accessing data from (such as overseas servers) and the type and size of the content you are uploading or downloading.;
  • Your equipment at home, such as your router/modem and its Wi-Fi capabilities.

Which Factors Influence Nbn™ Connection Speed?

I just want nbn max speed?

As a guide, it’s always best to refer to the typical busy period download speed, sometimes referred to as typical evening speeds, as not all speed tiers are the same. You can find some more information about how the nbn speed works depending on the broadband plans you choose on the nbn service below:

nbn 12/1​ – which means that the theoretical maximum speed or peak download speed (from the Internet) is up to 12 Megabits per second, and the theoretical peak upload speed (to the Internet) is up to 1 Megabit per second. This is a basic service, comparable to an average ADSL connection, and suitable for 1-2 people in the household. The typical busy period download speed (7pm to 11pm) on this service would be referred to as a basic evening speed.

nbn 25/5 ​– which means that the theoretical maximum speed or peak download speed (from the Internet) is up to 25 Megabits per second, and the theoretical peak upload speed (to the Internet) is up to 5 Megabits per second. This is ideal for most home applications and suitable for 2-4 people in the household. The typical busy period download speed (7pm to 11pm) on this service would be referred to as a standard evening speed.

nbn 50​/20 – which means that the theoretical peak download speed (from the Internet) is up to 50 Megabits per second, and the theoretical peak upload speed (to the Internet) is up to 20 Megabits per second. This may deliver a better outcome if there are multiple online users at your house and would be suitable for 4-6 people. The typical busy period download speed (7pm to 11pm) on this service would be referred to as a standard plus evening speed.

nbn Fixed Wireless Plus – has no particular data speed specified. This is the fastest nbn™ plan on offer for Wireless customers. Suitable for 3-4 people in the household. There is no typical busy period download speed (7pm to 11pm) on this service due to the limitations of the wireless technology used.

nbn Home Fast​ – which means that the theoretical peak download speed (from the Internet) is up to 100 Megabits per second, and the theoretical peak upload speed (to the Internet) is up to 20 Megabits per second. This is suitable for 6+ people in the household. The typical busy period download speed (7pm to 11pm) on this service would be referred to as a premium evening speed.

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nbn Home Fast​+ – which means that the theoretical peak download speed (from the Internet) is up to 100 Megabits per second, and the theoretical peak upload speed (to the Internet) is up to 40 Megabits per second. This is suitable for 6+ people in the household. The typical busy period download speed (7pm to 11pm) on this service would be referred to as a premium evening speed.

nbn Home Superfast ​– which means that the theoretical peak download speed (from the Internet) is up to 250 Megabits per second, and the theoretical peak upload speed (to the Internet) is up to 25 Megabits per second. This is the fastest nbn plan available with MATE and is suitable for 6+ people in the household. It is sometimes referred to as nbn 250. The typical busy period download speed (7pm to 11pm) on this service would be referred to as a superfast evening speed.

nbn Home Ultrafast ​– which means that the theoretical peak download speed (from the Internet) is up to 1000 Megabits per second, and the theoretical peak upload speed (to the Internet) is up to 50 Megabits per second. MATE does not offer the Ultrafast plan. This is the fastest nbn plan available on the consumer market and is suitable for 8+ people in the household. It is sometimes referred to as nbn 1000. The typical busy period download speed (7pm to 11pm) on this service would be referred to as an ultrafast evening speed. MATE doesn’t offer the nbn Home Ultrafast speed tier on any of our plans.