Lightning speed from NBN! How Fast can NBN Get?

Lightning speed from NBN! How Fast can NBN Get?
Published on: 12-03-2021

The fastest internet connection, NBN connection is Rolling out fibre-optic, fixed wireless, and satellite infrastructure to eradicate the old copper wires and cable line technology to deliver the most reliable and faster internet service at your premises.

NBN is rolling out fibre-optic, fixed wireless and satellite infrastructure to eradicate the use of old ADSL copper wire and cable line technology, delivering a new standard of fast and reliable internet at your premises.

The main wired NBN technologies based on their connection type are:

  • Fibre to the Premises (FTTP)- FTTP uses exclusively fibre optic cable to connect your premises to the nearest fibre node. In terms of speed, FTTP provides the fastest transmission among all the modes of NBN connection. This technology reaches up to Gigabit speeds (1000Mbps), and it’s the only medium that can provide the ultrafast NBN plan .
  • Fibre to the Node (FTTN)- FTTN connects the nearest fibre node directly to a telephone wall socket in your home using pre-existing copper line technology (previously used to operate telephone systems). A VDSL2 compatible modem is required for this type of connection. It can transmit data at a maximum of 100Mbps.
  • Fibre to the Building (FTTB)- FTTB uses fibre optic cable to the shared point in the communication room of a building, and from there pre-existing copper line technology is used to connect to each customer. A VDSL2 compatible modem is required for this type of connection. As with FTTN, it transmits data at a maximum of 100Mbps.
  • Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC)- This technology is similar to FTTN/B, except that coaxial cable is used instead of copper line. For this type of connection, you need to connect your router to a nbn™ HFC Network Termination Device. Depending on the distance that fibre optic cables are used, HFC technology can transmit data up to 1000Mbps. However, currently only 7% of connections of this type are capable of a 1Gbps transmission rate.
  • Fibre to the Curb (FTTC)- FTTC is the newest technology available, where the fibre optic cable will run up to the telecom pit outside your property and existing technology will be used to link it to your premises. A nbn™ connection device (NCD) needs to be connected to the primary telephone wall socket and a router into the NCD to access Internet services. This is more reliable and faster than FTTN/B where it can transmit the data at up to 500Mbps.
  • Fibre to the Node (FTTN)- It uses fibre optic cable to the nearest node of your premises and existing copper line technology is used the primary telephone wall socket and a VDSL2 compatible modem is used for the connection. It can transmit the data at 100 Mbps.
  • Fibre to the Building (FTTB)- It uses fibre optic cable to the shared point in the business communication room and existing copper line technology is used for each customer. A VDSL2 compatible modem is used for the connection. It also can transmit the data at 100 Mbps.


Wanting to know the current type of connection you have at your address? Visit the Occom Website at and contact us to see what options are available to you.

What are the fastest NBN Plans Available?

NBN offers a range of services to meet the customers’ requirements, and provide multiple NBN broadband plans based on their speed tiers. NBN’s different download and upload speeds start from 12Mbps down/1Mbps up and go up to 1000Mbps down/250Mbps up. Here is a table showing the internet speed of NBN’s plans:

NBN Speed TierMaximum Speed Evening Speed
NBN 12 (Basic 1)12Mbps 7Mbps
NBN 25 (Basic 2)25Mbps 15Mbps
NBN 50 (Standard)50Mbps30Mbps
NBN 100 (Fast)100Mbps60Mbps
NBN 250 (Superfast)250Mbps215Mbps
NBN 1000 (Ultrafast)1000Mbps250Mbps
What is a good NBN speed?

Am I getting what I’ve paid for? What speed can I expect after hooking up to the NBN? These are the general question that all internet users have on their minds. Depending on the connection type you have implemented, you can compare your speed with the reference table below:

NBN Speed-TiersGoodGreat
NBN 2515 – 22 Mbps22 – 25 Mbps
NBN 5035 – 40 Mbps40 – 50 Mbps
NBN10060 – 85 Mbps85 – 100 Mbps
NBN 250150 – 200 Mbps200 – 250 Mbps

What speed do I need?

There are a lot of NBN plans with different download and upload speeds. The important thing to know is what you want from your plan and how much internet you use. To make it easy to pinpoint what you’re really after, NBN has created some recommendations for different speed tiers.

NBN PlansDescription
NBN 12Single user, light internet use
NBN 252-3 users for web surfing and browsing social media.
NBN 50For Family use and online gaming.
NBN 100Heavy downloads and uploads, online video gaming and heavy use of internet
NBN 250For video conferencing, video HD video streaming, huge data uploads and downloads
NBN 1000The fastest possible internet speed that you can get at the moment.
Can I get the fastest NBN service? How do I upgrade to FTTP?

If you want the fastest NBN service - either the NBN 250 or NBN 1000 speeds - you will most likely need FTTP, as only a percentage of HFC homes can tap into those services. You can apply to upgrade from NBN Co’s Technology Choice Program, and they have recently included the option for a free quote (instead of the $300 fee previously).

If you wish to get a free online FTTP upgrade quote, you can find the guidelines at The quote is free, however the cost of upgrade isn’t. The fee for upgrading varies with the complexity of the upgrading process as well as the location of your nearest fibre point, as a full fibre connection is required to receive Gigabit speeds at your premises.

There are other options for upgrading copper-fibre hybrid connections that can provide promising results. As copper cabling cannot extend for more than 100 metres, you will need to be located within 100 metres of the nearest fibre node for gigabit speeds to be achievable.

There are other upgrade paths for copper-fibre hybrid connections emerging, such as, which have shown promising results when the copper cabling in a FTTB/C connection doesn’t extend for more than 100 metres. For homes where distance of copper cabling is under 100 metres, gigabit internet (and beyond) can be achieved.

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