Everything you need to know about NBN speeds

PLEASE NOTE: As of October 2020, this article is no longer current. Please visit our website for current information about our NBN plans and their respective speeds.

In order to help Australians make informed choices when it comes to the NBN™, iiNet is amongst the first Internet Service Providers to follow recommendations from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to advertise typical evening speeds for NBN™.

These speeds measure the typical download speeds nationwide between 7PM to 11PM (local time). This is when the network is busiest and performance issues such as congestion are the most likely to occur, so measuring speeds during this period provides more realistic information about the speeds you can expect to experience on the NBN™.

As of 16 September 2020, iiNet advertises the following speeds for NBN™ FTTP, FTTB, FTTN, FTTC & HFC services:

  • Basic: Typical evening speed 11.1Mbps download
  • Standard: Typical evening speed 21.3Mbps download
  • Standard Plus: Typical evening speed 46.7Mbps download
  • Premium: Typical evening speed 83.6Mbps download

iiNet Business NBN™ services measure typical speeds during weekday business hours (i.e. 9AM – 5PM local time) as this is more useful to business customers. View our Business NBN™ plans to see these speeds.

Other factors affecting the speeds you may experience


Unique factors affecting NBN™ FTTN/FTTB services

As explained in Connecting to the NBN™ Network, NBN™ FTTN/FTTB services use copper cabling to connect the customer’s premises to a Node or Main Distribution Frame. You can check the NBN™ technology available at your address on our website.

The length and quality of this copper cabling has a significant effect on the customer’s connection speed, particularly in areas where NBNCo has installed fewer Nodes than originally planned, resulting in increased cable length.

Additionally, NBN™ FTTN/FTTB networks will typically run slower during the 18 month transitional period (known as the coexistence period) after NBN™ first goes live. This is required in order for NBN™ FTTN/FTTB to coexist with legacy non-NBN™ services. After 18 months, legacy copper services are typically disconnected and NBN™ FTTN/FTTB performance improves.

Notifications for NBN™ FTTN/FTTB/FTTC customers

As per the ACCC’s guidelines, NBN™ FTTB, FTTN and FTTC customers will receive an email within the first month of connecting with us, advising what the maximum attainable speed on their connection is. This will help you choose an NBN™ that suits the capability of your connection.

In the event that your underlying connection cannot support the full speed on your chosen NBN™ plan, your email will outline available compensation options to ensure that you are not paying for a speed that your underlying connection cannot physically support.

More information

iiNet has a serious commitment to providing the Australian public with the information they need in order to make informed decisions when choosing an NBN™ plan. If you need a hand choosing a plan, please contact us.

For more information about ACCC’s guidelines, visit