Best NBN 1000 plans: top options for Australia’s fastest internet

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Some of the best NBN 1000 plans promise to deliver theoretical download speeds of 1,000Mbps, which is currently the fastest internet you can get in Australia. We use the word ‘theoretical’ here because more often than not, real-world speeds differ. 

No NBN provider currently advertises the full 1,000Mbps speeds during the peak evening hours between 7pm-11pm. However, most providers promise minimum speeds between 400Mbps-700Mbps, which are still classified as 'ultrafast'. 

According to an NBN Co update last week, more than 8.4 million homes and businesses across the country can access theoretical speeds up to 1,000Mbps, with more than 10 million premises expected to reach these ultrafast heights by the end of 2025.

If you have the right connection type at your property — those being either fibre to the premises (FTTP) or hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) — and wish to sign up for a 1,000Mbps NBN plan, then you'll be able to experience some seriously impressive download speeds, irrespective of the provider of course. 

But if you’re not sure which NBN 1000 plans are the best, be sure to read on to find out.

Best NBN 1000 plans

Best NBN 1000 plan overall

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Optus | NBN 1000 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$109 p/m

Optus | NBN 1000 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$109 p/m (for six months then AU$149 p/m)

This Optus NBN discount is one of the best we've seen from the big three telcos. Retailing at AU$149 p/m, the current introductory offer will save you a whopping AU$40 p/m for the first six months — that's a saving of AU$240 — before the price increases. 

Optus advertises theoretical speeds of 600Mbps during the busy evening hours of 7pm to 11pm, which is more than enough speed for heavy internet users. Plus, this discount brings the monthly price down well below the average of AU$134.15 for this speed tier. 

Total minimum cost: AU$415 (including modem fee) | Total cost for first 12 months: AU$1,548 | Yearly cost after discount: AU$1,788

Cheapest NBN 1000 plan

Superloop| NBN 1000 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$99p/m

Superloop| NBN 1000 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$99p/m (for 6 months, then AU$109p/m)

Superloop offers one of the cheapest NBN 1000 plans available. It's even cheaper than some NBN 250 plans, making it almost a no-brainer if you have the right connection type to support it. 

Superloop has updated its advertised speeds and now reaches up to 700Mbps during the typical evening hours. This considerable uptick in speeds puts the telco on par with Telstra’s NBN 1000 offering, but at a fraction of the cost. 

Do note though, Superloop isn’t our best overall pick because it doesn't receive as many positive reviews from users, especially when contacting customer service. That's not to say it's a bad service at all, and some negative reviews can result from isolated cases. 

Total minimum cost: AU$99 | Total cost of first 12 months: AU$1,248 | Yearly cost after discount: AU$1,308

Best fast NBN 1000 plan

Telstra | NBN 1000 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$170p/m

Telstra | NBN 1000 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$170p/m

It’s the most expensive NBN 1000 plan available right now by some margin, but if you want the absolute fastest speeds, Telstra is the provider for you, as it advertises 700Mbps during the busy evening hours. 

At AU$170 per month with no introductory discounts, however, Telstra's plan is between AU$16 to AU$61 more expensive per month than other providers that support this speed tier. Having said that, it is now AU$10 per month cheaper than it used to be, as a result of the recent price changes across all NBN plans. 

Telstra did also use to include a number of extra with its NBN plans, in the form of free trials to various streaming services. However, that appears to have changed now, and you can only take advantage of a two month free trial to Binge, as long as you've not previously been a customer to the streaming service.

Do note though, Southern Phone's NBN 1000 plan is cheaper than Telstra's plan and offers similar speeds — 650Mbps — however, we feel we can't recommend them based on some negative online reviews. You can always try it for a month and double check cancellation T&Cs for any hidden fees, before you sign the dotted line. 

Total minimum cost: AU$170 | Total cost of first year: AU$2,160

NBN 1000 FAQ

Can I get NBN 1000?

NBN 1000 plans are only available on fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) and some hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) connection types. Be sure to check with your provider of choice if you have an HFC connection, to see if you can sign up to an NBN 1000 plan.

How fast is NBN 1000?

As its name implies, NBN 1000 plans can achieve a theoretical maximum download speed of 1000Mbps. We say theoretical, because reaching this maximum speed is pretty tricky. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) publishes average download speed data in its quarterly Broadband Performance report. In the most recent, published in December 2023, the average download speed of NBN 1000 plans was 823.7Mbps across all hours, and 746Mbps during the busy hours. 

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How much does NBN 1000 cost?

NBN 1000 plans may have the potential to offer crazy-fast download speeds, but they come at a cost. The cheapest NBN 1000 plan you can currently get starts at AU$99/m, but only for six months. 

The current average cost of an NBN 1000 plan is AU$136.61.

Lucy Scotting
Staff Writer

Lucy Scotting is a digital content writer for Tom’s Guide in Australia, primarily covering NBN and internet-related news. Lucy started her career writing for HR and staffing industry publications, with articles covering emerging tech, business and finance. In her spare time, Lucy can be found watching sci-fi movies, working on her dystopian fiction novel or hanging out with her dog, Fletcher.