The Most Important Speed on Your NBN Plan: Evening Speed
If you’re shopping for an NBN plan, you might have noticed that providers have started talking about ‘evening speeds’. Great, as if choosing an NBN plan wasn’t hard enough already, right? Fortunately, NBN evening speeds aren’t nearly as confusing as they might sound, and they might just be the most important thing to look at when choosing your plan.
What are NBN evening speeds?
Much in the same way that traffic on the road can slow down during peak hours, the NBN can too. And for pretty much the same reason. NBN connections tend to slow down between 7pm - 11pm, when everyone in the neighbourhood is jumping online to stream, surf, download, and more.
The good news is, this kind of congestion is something providers can monitor and keep under control. And now that many providers advertise the typical evening speeds their customers can expect, we can compare them and find out who is likely to give you the best NBN experience during the hours you’ll want to use it most.
The providers with the fastest NBN evening speeds
Which provider is the fastest varies a little across NBN speed categories, so we’ll go through them across the two speed tiers we recommend the most: Standard and Standard Plus. It’s also important to note that not every NBN provider chooses to advertise typical NBN evening speeds. In this guide, we’ll only be able to compare those that do.
NBN Standard Speed (NBN 25) Plans
These plans are best suited for one or two person households. The maximum speed a provider can achieve on this connection is 25Mbps. The top 5 fastest for evening speed with plans in this category typically achieve the following speeds between 7pm - 11pm1:
Dodo - 24Mbps
Telstra - 23.34Mbps
Aussie Broadband - 23Mbps
Exetel - 23Mbps
Tangerine Telecom - 21Mbps
NBN Standard Plus (NBN 50) Plans
These plans are best suited to two to four person households. The maximum speed a provider can achieve on this connection is 50Mbps. The top 5 fastest for evening speed in this category typically achieve the following speeds between 7pm - 11pm1:
Dodo - 47Mbps
iPrimus - 47Mbps
Telstra - 46.29Mbps
More Telecom - 46Mbps
Southern Phone - 46Mbps
1To collect this information we used both ‘typical evening speeds’ advertised by carriers as well as the results of carrier evening speed tests conducted across their networks where available.
Jacqui Dent is associate editor at WhistleOut, Australia's largest mobile phone and internet comparison site. As a result of services provided by us, WhistleOut Pty Ltd may pay
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