NBN Co hints that two gigabit download speeds may be available by the end of the year.

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Current high-speed plans continue to get a boost

While multi-gigabit plans are now firmly on the radar, the current crop of high-speed services are improving on an almost monthly basis. In fact, some NBN providers are starting to advertise typical evening speed figures that come awfully close to the theoretical 1,000Mbps capable on the ultrafast NBN 1000 tier.

NBN 100 plans would be increased to 500Mbps, NBN 250 would go to 750Mbps and NBN 1,000 plan would see a minimum speed increase to 750Mbps (up from 500Mbps currently).

At the time the two gigabit plans were proposed, NBN Co also said it would be “feasible to double the upload speed on the NBN 1000 tier”, meaning it would be able to achieve upload speeds of 100Mbps.

If rolled out, it would make the current gigabit plans even greater value in our opinion, as we already consider some plans to offer relative affordability, considering the service they provide.

You can check out our round up of the best NBN 1000 plans for the latest deals, but our two top picks if you were considering upgrading your home internet service – you will need to make sure you have the fibre infrastructure to support it, which you can claim via a free upgrade if you haven’t already – come from Swoop and Superloop.

2Gbps plans have always been on the cards for the NBN, but talks regarding their availability were scheduled for the second half of this year. But, following feedback and enthusiasm from NBN providers, those talks were fast-tracked to earlier this week.

The new hyper-fast plans will be available in three distinct offerings: two residential and one business. The residential plans will both offer up to 2,000Mbps download speeds, but upload speeds will vary depending on what NBN technology the customer is on. For example, customers with fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology will be able to achieve up to 200Mbps upload speeds, while customers with Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) will be limited to up to 100Mbps upload speeds. Business customers will be able to go faster, with up to 500Mbps uploads earmarked.

While the fibre infrastructure already laid by NBN Co is more than up to the task of supporting these faster speeds, the equipment at the premises will need to be upgraded. NBN Co has said “new, slimline, single-port network termination devices (NTDs)” will be required, and that they’ll be able to support future speed increases up to a maximum of 2.5Gbps. Four-port models of the same slimline NTDs will be made available to businesses, and these will have the capacity to support up to 10Gbps download speeds.

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