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Fast internet. We all want it. Whether we want to stream our favourite shows without buffering during crucial moments, schedule a Zoom call without dropping out when it’s your time to present, or just simply enjoy a seamless doom-scroll online, having an internet connection that can keep up with you online is paramount.
And while it hasn’t been made available to everyone, a growing number of Australians are eligible for download speeds well beyond 100Mbps.
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Some users can now get plans on two fast new speed tiers: NBN 250 (Superfast) and NBN 1000 (Ultrafast). As the name might suggest, NBN 250 offers download speeds of up to 250Mbps – more than double an NBN 100 plan.
So if you’ve got the need for speed, or require extra bandwidth, so the whole family can enjoy super-fast internet, here’s everything you need to know about NBN 250 plans.
NBN 250 plans: the basics
It’s pretty simple; an NBN 250 plan will (or at least, has the capabilities to) give you download speeds of up to 250Mbps, and upload speeds of up to 25Mbps.
NBN 250 plans are an excellent choice for internet users looking to push the limits of their internet connection. You’re looking at forking out around $110 and $140 per month, so you’re definitely paying for the privilege.
Here’s a look at the fastest NBN 250 plans:
Which providers offer NBN Superfast 250?
Over 15 providers offer Superfast NBN (and counting).
At the time of writing, there are over 15 broadband providers that offer Superfast NBN 250 speeds in Australia. It’s worth being aware, though, that just because it’s an NBN 250 plan, doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed 250Mbps.
Typical evening speeds vary significantly between providers, and only a few offer the option for 100Mbps upload speeds. That being said, the choices for an NBN 250 plan are getting more competitive by the day.
Are you eligible for an NBN 250 plan?
To find out if you can get an NBN 250 plan, you need to know your NBN technology type.
Terms like Fibre to the Node (FTTN) and Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) refer to the various ways homes and businesses connect to the NBN. And right now, only customers on FTTP connections can get an NBN 250 plan. All Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) connections are able to sign up for an NBN 250 plan, too.
If you’re not quite as lucky, there’s still good news. NBN Co has stated they have plans to upgrade two million premises on FTTN connections to FTTP.
NBN Co says it expects the first customers in eligible areas will be able to request upgrades by November this year, but has yet to determine the process of how customers will be informed. The network builder says it is on track to achieve its goal of enabling 75 per cent of homes and businesses to get gigabit speeds by 2023.
If you have a FTTN address eligible for an FTTP upgrade, you’ll simply need to order an NBN 100 plan or better to start the upgrade process.
What if you can’t get NBN 250 at your address?
Luckily, NBN isn’t the only kind of internet connection you can get in Australia. While 4G home broadband can’t really compete against super-fast NBN tiers, 5G home internet can. These plans can have typical evening speeds of up to 250Mbps, but theoretically can go much higher.
You’ll still need to be part of a lucky group of households with 5G coverage, but 5G home broadband is a viable alternative for those struggling with slow NBN.
Kate Reynolds is a Digital Content Editor at WhistleOut, Australia’s mobile and internet comparison site.