There's a price war on NBN 1000 and 250 plans at the moment

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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.

Shaun Prescott

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.