Australia's broadband scene changed pretty drastically last year, when NBN Co enabled a pair of new higher-speed consumer plans operating at 250Mbps and 1,000Mbps respectively, massively outdoing the previous top speed of just 100Mbps.
With the size of modern PC games now coming in scores of gigabytes, the appeal to gamers is obvious, but the caveat is that you'll need to have a fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) or hybrid fibre coax (HFC) connection type to sign up to one if these.
And even if you're lucky enough to have that, you might still be discouraged by the price of high speed plans. But at the moment a bunch of providers are offering some pretty significant discounts to both NBN 250 and 1000 plans, and the best part is that most of them have no lock-in contracts: you can jump over, enjoy the lower price, then move on if the usual monthly fee is cost prohibitive.
Aussie Broadband seemingly led the charge last month when it cut its NBN 250 plan down to AU$99 per month. Not to be outdone, other providers followed suit in an effort to compete: even Telstra's joined the party, dropping the price of its NBN 1000 and 250 add-ons by AU$40 a pop.
Many big name providers have joined the fray though, so if you've got a favourite ISP then have a peruse below to see if they're offering a deal. For a broader overview of NBN in Australia, check out the best NBN plans for gaming in 2021 (opens in new tab).
MyRepublic | NBN 1000 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$99p/m (first 6 months, then AU$129p/m) (opens in new tab)
You're not going to do better than this for an NBN 1000 plan at present. Usually AU$129 a month, MyRepublic is offering the fastest internet you can get for AU$99 a month for six months. There's no lock-in contract, so you can cancel when the deal is over.
Aussie Broadband | NBN 1000 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$119p/m (first 6 months, then AU$149p/m) (opens in new tab)
We wrote about this deal last month (opens in new tab). The usual monthly bill for Aussie Broadband's NBN 1000 plan is AU$149, but using the code FAST30 you can get it for AU$119 for six months. There's no lock-in contract, so you can cancel when the offer is over.
Aussie Broadband | NBN 250 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$99p/m (first 6 months, then AU$129p/m) (opens in new tab)
The same situation as above, but with the NBN 250 plan. That will normally set you back AU$129 a month, but using the code FAST30 you can get it for AU$99 for six months. Expect evening speeds of 248Mbps.
Superloop | NBN 250 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$99.95p/m (first 6 months, then AU$119.95p/m) (opens in new tab)
This one is decent, albeit slightly bettered by the competition. Again, there's no lock-in contract, and you can expect evening speeds of 215Mbps.
Telstra | NBN 250 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$100p/m (first 6 months, then AU$140p/m) (opens in new tab)
...and of course, if you're determined to go with the big name, Telstra's normally-expensive NBN plans are going cheaply at the moment, though the deals aren't quite as good. It's AU$100 a month for six months before reverting to AU$140 a month for the remaining 18 months of the contract. All up, you'll spend AU$3,120 over two years.