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Award-winning broadband: the best NBN plans and broadband providers of 2021

We created the Mozo Experts Choice NBN Awards and Mozo People’s Choice Awards to help you navigate the best available NBN plans and providers. 

Winners from our Mozo Experts Choice Awards are designed to highlight the products that offer great value to customers and are chosen by our expert judges, while winners for our Mozo People’s Choice Awards are selected by everyday Aussies. 

Our 2021 Mozo Experts Choice Award Winners for NBN include: 

Our 2021 Mozo People’s Choice Award Winners include: 

  • Aussie Broadband - Outstanding Customer Satisfaction, Connection Quality, Excellent Service and Support and Most Recommended
  • Internode - Outstanding Customer Satisfaction, Connection Quality, Excellent Service and Support
  • iPrimus -  Connection Quality
  • iiNet - Connection Quality
  • Dodo - Connection Quality

For additional info on the awards and methodology: 

What is the NBN?

The NBN stands for the national broadband network and is now how we get internet supplied to our homes. Between 2009 and 2020, every household across the country was required to switch to the NBN network, as instructed by the Australian government.

The rollout was to improve internet speeds through fibre-based infrastructure, where previously our internet was supplied via ADSL connection and speed was dependent on how close you lived to your local telephone network.

With the project officially completing in 2020, almost every household in the country is now a part of the NBN network.

The switch to the NBN was compulsory, but more network providers are also now available. This means a greater opportunity to snag a better deal!


Types of NBN connections

There are four different types of NBN connections, and the one you receive will depend on where you live. The connection types are:

  • Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) - This connects your home directly to the NBN through fibre optic cable and is one of the more reliable NBN connections available. FTTP connection also requires a technician to install an NBN utility box outside your home and a connection box inside.
  • Fibre to the Node (FTTN) - These connections require installing a box or cabinet in your area, usually placed at the end of the street. Fibre optic cables then travel from the cabinet and connect with the copper network to permit an NBN signal to reach your home.
  • Fibre to the Curb (FTTC) - A FTTC connection uses the existing copper network to connect your home to a Distribution Point Unit (DPU), which is typically found inside the telecommunication pits on your street.
  • Fibre to the Building (FTTB) - Finally, a FTTB connection is generally required when connecting apartment blocks or larger buildings. It works by having a fibre optic capable installed at the bottom of your building, which links up to existing cables to supply each unit with the internet.

NBN speeds: What broadband speed is best for me?

Once you start comparing NBN broadband plans, you’ll notice that plan types vary based on speed. Generally speaking, there are six different NBN speed types, they are:

  • NBN 12 - Very basic internet speed for lone internet users, with a regular download speed of up to 12Mbps and 7Mpbs during peak hours.
  • NBN 25 - A budget-friendly option for a one or two-person household, which uses up to 25Mbps and 15-20Mbps during peak hours.
  • NBN 50 - Suitable option for families or households with two to four people, offers a download speed of up to 50Mpbs and around 30-45Mpbs during peak times.
  • NBN 100 - This is a great option for larger families or households who have gamers or regularly download larger files. The regular download speeds are up to 100Mpbs, or around 60-90Mbps during peak hours.
  • NBN 250 - NBN plans that feature this speed are fairly new to the market. They feature super-fast download speeds of up to 250Mpbs and around 150-200Mpbs during peak hours. This type of plan is best suited for those who appreciate incredibly fast internet or even a small business.
  • NBN 1000 - This is the fastest internet speed around, however, an FTTP connection is required to be eligible. According to WhistleOut, only 18% of NBN premises have this type of connection.

Why is it important to compare NBN evening speeds?

You might be wondering why broadband providers choose to advertise ‘evening speeds’ with their products. This is because ‘peak’ internet usage (between 7 pm and 11 pm) tends to slow down connection speeds and can reduce the maximum speed on your plan.

So when you are thinking about signing up for an NBN plan, just make sure you’re comfortable with the estimated evening speed.

NBN data plans: How much data will I need?

This will depend on how you and the other people in your home use the internet. Are streaming services, like Netflix or Stan used daily? Does anyone regularly play and download video games? Or do you primarily use the internet to scroll through Facebook or check emails?

Consider that Netflix uses about 300MB per hour, while browsing the web only requires 7GB per month. To suitably meet these types of basic needs, NBN plans with speeds of 50 and above should work well for a smaller number of people in the home (2 - 4).

What else should I look for when doing an NBN plan comparison?

Aside from speed, connection and price, other features you might want to consider when shopping around on NBN plans include:

  • Any fees: This refers to any upfront or ongoing fees you could be charged, like a setup or installation fee.
  • Any available sign-up credits or discounts: Many broadband providers advertise special deals or offers to entice new customers, like sign-up credits or discounts. While these are a great perk to take advantage of, just be sure you’ll also be seeing long-term savings in your annual bill.
  • Any add-ons or extras: In addition to bill discounts, some broadband providers also offer free bonuses, like access to streaming services, gaming consoles and a range of video games.
  • Whether the plan is on a contract or no lock-in: This is an important feature to check, as no lock-in plans give you the flexibility to switch plans if a better offer comes along without the hassle.
  • Whether the internet service provider (ISP) modem/router is optional: Depending on how savvy you are with the overall internet set up, you may want to have the choice of your own modem/router.
  • The ability to bundle with other products: If you like the idea of having all your household essentials, like your phone, internet and even energy plan under one provider, this might also be something you’ll want to look out for.

Cheap broadband deals, is there a catch?

If you like to keep to a tight budget, you might be tempted to opt for an NBN plan that’s on the cheaper end. But it’s important to keep in mind that ‘cheaper’ NBN plans tend to be for lower speed or basic plans, like NBN 12 or NBN 25, which might not be the right fit for your internet usage.

Other than a slower download and upload speed, these plans might also have a small cap on data allowances. Not to mention that if you do go over your data allowance, you will be charged more on your bill.

Popular NBN providers in Australia

At the time of writing, there are more than 100 NBN providers in Australia, some of which have even gone on to win awards. Some of the most popular NBN providers in our 2021 Mozo Experts Choice Awards were:

  • Tangerine Telecom:  Since the NBN first rolled out in 2009, Tangerine Telecom has provided internet users with a range of flexible plans, all featuring unlimited data.  In 2021, Tangerine took out the coveted title of Mozo's NBN Provider of the Year, as well as awards in three other categories.
  • MyRepublic: Touching down on Aussie shores in 2016 is MyRepublic, an NBN provider that offers unlimited data across all its plans. As providing super-fast internet is their primary focus, they’ve come to be known as a gamer-friendly NBN provider. MyRepublic are also the proud owners of two 2021 Mozo Experts Choice Awards.
  • Mate: Took home three Mozo Experts Choice Awards in 2021, with most of its success in the top tier speed plans. Undeniably Aussie, MATE offers local, Australian support with customer service at the core of their business ethos. 
  • Kogan: Kogan is a relative newcomer to the NBN provider scene in Australia, but it has certainly hit the ground running. With three 2021 Mozo Experts Choice Awards under its belt, you can trust you’re onto a winner.
  • Belong: As a division of Telstra, Belong is a good pick for households who like the security of being with a larger broadband provider, without the price tag. Belong collected another two Mozo Experts Choice Awards in 2021, after bagging four the year before. 

Looking for more popular plans? Read about some of the best NBN plans in Australia in 2021.

More FAQs about Broadband

How do I connect to the NBN?

There’s a good chance you already are! One easy way to find out whether your home has been switched over to the NBN network is to visit the NBN website and enter your address.

Can I switch NBN providers once I am connected?

Absolutely, but there are a few things you will need to take care of first. If you are currently on a contract NBN plan, you’ll first need to make sure your contract has expired to avoid being slapped with an early termination fee. Once this is done, you’ll then need to get in touch with your new ISP who will organise for your home to be connected to their service. In some cases, they’ll even contact your old provider to make them aware of the transfer.

What NBN speed is best?

The best NBN speed for your household will depend on how much internet data you and anyone else in your home use on a daily basis. Households with two or more people might benefit from an NBN plan that features an NBN 50 or NBN 100 speed, as these cater to larger homes that need fast internet. On the other hand, if you live with your partner or roommate, an NBN 25 speed plan might be suitable.

How do I find what NBN plans are available in my area?

You can use Mozo’s NBN comparison tool to find NBN plans in your area. All you need is your most recent bill handy and to answer a few quick questions about your internet usage. Once you’ve found an NBN plan you like the look of, hit the ‘go to site’ button. From there you’ll be redirected to the provider’s site where you can start the application process.

Can I upgrade my NBN connection?

Yes, you can. Under the Technology Choice Program, Aussies can now elect to have their FTTC or FTTN connection upgraded to an FTTP connection. As an FTTP connection is one of the faster connection types available, households who want super-fast internet would consider a move like this. A technician will need to come out in order to make the transition by replacing your copper wiring with a Fibre-Optic cable. This can mean that your internet connection is disrupted for a short period of time. One thing to keep in mind is that a switch like this is not free and can be expensive.

Can the cost of my broadband plan change from month to month if I am not on a contract plan?

Yes, it can. At the moment, NBN charges operate with both fixed and variable components. The fixed areas of your bill are the modem and other accessories you may have picked up with your plan. Any other expenses that may be added to your monthly bill are excess charges, like when you exceed your allocated data limit. However, it’s worth noting that if by chance you don’t use up all your data for the month, you will still be charged your regular bill price.

What’s the difference between a contract and no contract NBN plan?

A contract NBN plan refers to a plan which locks you in for a set period of time, usually between 12 - 18 months. Many Aussies typically opt for a contract NBN plan if they want to have a new modem installed and want to pay it off over time. Some contract NBN plans also give you access to extras, like streaming services.

A no contract NBN plan features a no lock-in period, which can give you the flexibility to move onto a better deal freely if it comes along. Many households who can’t commit to the length of a contract plan, like those on a short lease, might sign up to a no-contract offer.

What happens if I break my NBN plan contract before the end date?

If you decide to break your current NBN contract plan, you will need to contact your NBN provider. Generally speaking, cancelling a contract before its expiration date is not a good idea, as the fees and charges you may be subject to can add up. For instance, you may be asked to pay an early termination fee, which is usually the remaining balance of your modem or any other devices purchased under that plan. Additionally, you may also be asked to pay a portion of your monthly bill for each remaining month of the contract.

What happens if I move house, can I transfer my NBN plan?

Yes, you can generally transfer your NBN plan but this can depend on where you’re moving to. The first thing you’ll need to check is the type of NBN connection available at your new address. If you find a different connection type to your current location, you might need to rejig your NBN plan. If you can keep your current NBN provider when moving house, you will need to get in touch with them to find out what their moving house policy is, as this varies. Some broadband providers require you to organise a date and time to send in a technician to manually switch you over, while others will handle the process from start to finish. Just be wary that you may be charged disconnection or reconnection fees, set up fees or may even need to pay for new cables and other equipment if required.

What are the best tips for saving on data?

Even when you’ve made the switch to a competitive offer, there’s still the chance for internet bill shock. The good news is, there are a few things you can do to keep your broadband data usage low:

  • Turn off auto-play: Watching videos via social media can suck a bit of data, so if you pass the time by scrolling through social media, jump into the app settings and switch off auto-play on videos.
  • Try a different film quality: Download a new movie every week? Why not get it in SD, rather than HD. This is especially a good idea if you tend to watch movies or TV shows on a smaller screen, as you might not even notice the difference in quality.
  • Play around with streaming services: If you like to unwind by binge watching your favourite TV series on Netflix, it might be worth test driving the different streaming qualities available. The amount of data you use will depend on the streaming quality you have set, so try to opt for lower streaming quality.

What happens if I exceed the internet data of my NBN plan?

If you go over your monthly data allowance, NBN providers tend to slow down your internet speed until the end of the billing month. And in some cases, you may be charged extra for every GB of data you go over. That’s why it’s important to make sure you choose an NBN plan that’s best suited to your household’s needs.

Where can I find the best broadband deals?

Right here! Not only can you compare a range of NBN plans, but you can also check out the winners of our most recent Mozo Experts Choice NBN Awards. Our awards are categorised by speed and whether they are a contract plan, so there’s a winner for all kinds of households.

What’s the best broadband plan for streaming?

If you’ve got a household of streamers, then you might want to compare NBN plans that feature a speed of NBN 100 or more. It might also be worth comparing evening speeds across different broadband providers, as this is typically when most households tend to use their streaming services.

What’s the best NBN plan for gaming?

Gamers usually download and stream data from the internet at higher levels than other users. In this case, you might want to compare NBN plans that offer speeds of NBN 100 or above, as these plans provide fast speeds and can prevent your connection from being disrupted while gaming.

What does Mbps mean?

Mbps stands for megabits per second and is the measurement of your internet bandwidth - that is, the maximum speed at which you can download data onto your computer or other devices. The higher the MBps in your NBN plan, the faster you can download files from the internet.

Glossary of broadband, internet and NBN jargon

We get it, you want to make sure you’re getting the best deal on your NBN plan, but understanding the terminology and jargon can be a headache. That’s why we compiled our very own NBN glossary to help you make sure you know exactly what you’re getting into.