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Dodo
NBN25 Unlimited - Month to Month
NBN 25™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 25Mbps Standard Evening
Unlimited Data
For first 6 months $50/mth Price
$65/mth thereafter
Min Cost - $110 (includes once-off $60 modem cost)
  • $15/mth off for 6 months. Offer ends 30 Nov 2021.
  • $10 off w/ electricity & gas on selected areas
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Includes landline service w/ pay as you go calls
  • Pay as you go calls or add calling packs from $10/mth
  • 25Mbps typical evening speed (7pm-11pm) sampled 1-14 March 2021. Speed may vary due to various factors and confirmed once connected. Fixed Wireless speeds are slower than fixed connections.
  • Up to 4 devices
  • Music streaming
  • HD video streaming
  • Online gaming
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Plus (X-Small)
NBN 50™ Satellite Speed Up to 50Mbps Standard Plus Evening
50GB Data
$55/mth Price
Min Cost - $55 over 1 month
  • Free Amazon Prime for 12 months for new NBN connections and transfers only.
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • 25GB Off-peak & peak data
  • 25Mbps+ typical evening speed
  • Peak is throughout the day from 7am to 1am and off-peak is late night from 1am to 7am
  • Typical evening speed subject to network capacity
TPG
NBN SL Voice Basic Bundle
NBN 12™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 12Mbps Basic Evening
Unlimited Data
$59.99/mth Price
Min Cost - $169.94 (incl upfront fees)
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Pre-paid service
  • High speed Wi-Fi Modem
  • Pay as you go calls
  • Call pack options available
  • Control your service online
  • Cost of a 2 min standard national mobile call: $1.17 (inc. call connection)
  • Optional voice add-ons: Oz Talk ($10), Big Talk ($10) & Extra Talk ($20)
  • Setup $99.95
  • Voice Prepayment Outside Included Value $20
  • Equipment Delivery Fee $10
  • Additional once off $300 nbn™ New Development charge applies if your premises is identified by nbn™ as being within the site boundary of a new development.
Dodo
NBN50 Unlimited - Month to Month
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 50Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
For first 6 months $60/mth Price
$75/mth thereafter
Min Cost - $120 (includes once-off $60 modem cost)
  • $15/mth off for 6 months. Offer ends 30 Nov 2021.
  • $10 off w/ electricity & gas on selected areas
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Pay as you go calls or add calling packs from $10/mth
  • 50Mbps typical evening speed (7pm-11pm) sampled 1-14 March 2021. Speed may vary due to various factors and confirmed once connected. Fixed Wireless speeds are slower than fixed connections.
  • Up to 4-6 devices
  • Music streaming
  • HD video streaming
  • Online gaming
TPG
NBN SL Voice Standard Plus Bundle
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 50Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
$69.99/mth Price
Min Cost - $179.94 (incl upfront fees)
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Pre-paid service
  • High speed Wi-Fi Modem
  • Pay as you go calls
  • Call pack options available
  • Control your service online
  • Cost of a 2 min standard national mobile call: $1.17 (inc. call connection)
  • Optional voice add-ons: Oz Talk ($10), Big Talk ($10) & Extra Talk ($20)
  • Setup $99.95
  • Voice Prepayment Outside Included Value $20
  • Equipment Delivery Fee $10
  • Additional once off $300 nbn™ New Development charge applies if your premises is identified by nbn™ as being within the site boundary of a new development.
iPrimus
Standard
NBN 25™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 25Mbps Standard Evening
Unlimited Data
$70/mth Price
Min Cost - $70 over 1 month ($0 set up and standard modem fee)
  • $0 standard modem and set up fee.
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Landline w/ pay as you go calls
  • 25Mbps typical evening speed (7pm-11pm). Speed may vary due to various factors and confirmed once connected.
  • Add Fetch from $10/mth (includes 1 Premium Channel Pack)
  • Add $10 for Unlimited Landline & Mobile calls
  • Add $30 for Unlimited Landline & Mobile calls + 2000 International minutes
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Plus (Small)
NBN 50™ Satellite Speed Up to 50Mbps Standard Plus Evening
100GB Data
$70/mth Price
Min Cost - $70 over 1 month
  • Free Amazon Prime for 12 months for new NBN connections and transfers only.
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • 50GB Off-peak & peak data
  • 25Mbps+ typical evening speed
  • Peak is throughout the day from 7am to 1am and off-peak is late night from 1am to 7am
  • Typical evening speed subject to network capacity
Belong Broadband
NBN Standard Plus 12 Month Contract
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 50Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
BEST VALUE $70/mth Price
Min Cost - $130/mth (including $60 modem)
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Enjoy HD streams to 2-3 devices and surf the web like a seasoned pro
  • 48 Mbps download speed
  • $0 Wi-Fi modem
  • No excess usage charge
  • Powered by Telstra
  • Standard Plus Evening Speed 40Mbps typical download speeds between 7pm-11pm. A speed cap of 40Mbps applies at all times (Including 7pm-11pm). Speeds experienced may be lower due to various factors including your in-home setup and wiring. Actual speeds confirmed post-connection.
Dodo
NBN100 Unlimited - Month to Month
NBN 100™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 100Mbps Premium Evening
Unlimited Data
For first 6 months $70/mth Price
$85/mth thereafter
Min Cost - $130 (includes once-off $60 modem cost)
  • $15/mth off for 6 months. Offer ends 30 Nov 2021.
  • $10 off w/ electricity & gas on selected areas
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Pay as you go calls or add calling packs from $10/mth
  • 92Mbps typical evening speed (7pm-11pm) sampled 1-14 March 2021. Speed may vary due to various factors and confirmed once connected. Fixed Wireless speeds are slower than fixed connections.
  • Up to 6-9 devices
  • Music streaming
  • Online gaming
  • 4K video streaming
iPrimus
Standard Plus
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 50Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
$75/mth Price
Min Cost - $75 over 1 month ($0 set up and standard modem fee)
  • $0 standard modem and set up fee.
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Online gameplay
  • HD video streaming
  • Landline w/ pay as you go calls
  • 50Mbps typical evening speed (7pm-11pm). Speed may vary due to various factors and confirmed once connected.
  • Add Fetch from $10/mth (includes 1 Premium Channel Pack)
  • Add $10 for Unlimited Landline & Mobile calls
  • Add $30 for Unlimited Landline & Mobile calls + 2000 International minutes
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Unlimited Broadband Standard
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 50Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
$75/mth Price
Min Cost - $75 over 1 month
  • Free Amazon Prime for 12 months for new NBN connections and transfers only.
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Suitable for 3 - 4 people online at the same time
  • For gaming, HD 1080p video & working from home
  • 49Mbps typical busy period download speed (7pm-11pm)
  • No Southern Phone setup fees
Optus
Internet Everday + Optus Sport
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 50Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
$79/mth Price
Min Cost - $331 (incl. $0 start-up fee & $252 modem)
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Optus Sport monthly subscription included
  • Stream Premier League, K League & more live and on-demand
  • 50Mbps typical evening speed
  • Landline with PAYG calls
  • Pay no modem cost if you stay connected for 36 months
  • Option to add Fetch Mini for $5/month
  • Add $10 for unlimited local, national & mobile calls
TPG
NBN SL Voice Premium Bundle
NBN 100™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 100Mbps Premium Evening
Unlimited Data
$79.99/mth Price
for the 1st 6 months. $89.99 thereafter
Min Cost - $189.94
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Pre-paid service
  • High speed Wi-Fi Modem
  • Pay as you go calls
  • Call pack options available
  • Control your service online
  • Cost of a 2 min standard national mobile call: $1.17 (inc. call connection)
  • Optional voice add-ons: Oz Talk ($10), Big Talk ($10) & Extra Talk ($20)
  • Setup $99.95
  • Voice Prepayment Outside Included Value $20
  • Equipment Delivery Fee $10
  • Additional once off $300 nbn™ New Development charge applies if your premises is identified by nbn™ as being within the site boundary of a new development.
Telstra Broadband
Standard Speed + Unlimited Data
NBN 25™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 25Mbps Standard Evening
Unlimited Data
$80/mth Price
Min Cost - $296 for new customers who cancel after 1 mth (incl. $216 modem).
  • Free 2 months Device Protect
  • Free BINGE Standard for 3 months
  • Buy online: no connection fee
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
  • Telstra Smart Modem included (with 4G back up)
  • Unlimited standard local, national and Australian mobile calls
  • Unlimited calls to 13 numbers included
  • 30-day NBN satisfaction guarantee
  • Broadband Protect: Online security to keep your family safe
  • 25Mbps typical evening speed
  • Telstra Air® included
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Unlimited Broadband Fast
NBN 100™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 100Mbps Premium Evening
Unlimited Data
$85/mth Price
Min Cost - $85 over 1 month
  • Free Amazon Prime for 12 months for new NBN connections and transfers only.
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Suitable for 5+ people online at the same time
  • For gaming & HD video streaming (4K)
  • 96Mbps typical busy period download speed (7pm-11pm)
  • No Southern Phone setup fees
Telstra Broadband
Telstra TV + Standard Speed
NBN 25™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 25Mbps Standard Evening
Unlimited Data
$89/mth Price
Min Cost - $512 for new customers who cancel after 1 mth.
  • Free 2 months Device Protect
  • Free BINGE Standard for 3 months
  • 20k Telstra Plus Points
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Buy online: no connection fee
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
  • Telstra Smart Modem included (with 4G back up)
  • Unlimited standard local, national and Australian mobile calls
  • Unlimited calls to 13 numbers included
  • Stream it all on the new Telstra TV
  • 30-day NBN satisfaction guarantee
  • Broadband Protect: Online security to keep your family safe
  • Telstra Air® included
iPrimus
Premium
NBN 100™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 100Mbps Premium Evening
Unlimited Data
$90/mth Price
Min Cost - $90 over 1 month ($0 set up and standard modem fee)
  • $0 standard modem and set up fee.
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Multiple players gaming online
  • 4K video streaming
  • Landline w/ pay as you go calls
  • 95Mbps typical evening speed (7pm-11pm). Speed may vary due to various factors and confirmed once connected.
  • Add Fetch from $10/mth (includes 1 Premium Channel Pack)
  • Add $10 for Unlimited Landline & Mobile calls
  • Add $30 for Unlimited Landline & Mobile calls + 2000 International minutes
Telstra Broadband
Standard Plus Speed + Unlimited Data
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 50Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
$95/mth Price
$1 for the first month, then $95/mth thereafter
Min Cost - $217 for new customers who cancel after 1 mth.
  • Sign up during Black Friday and score a $100 gift card. Offer ends 29 Nov.
  • Pay only $1 for the first month
  • Free 2 months Device Protect
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Free BINGE Standard for 3 months
  • Buy online: no connection fee
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
  • Telstra Smart Modem included (with 4G back up)
  • Unlimited standard local, national and Australian mobile calls
  • Unlimited calls to 13 numbers included
  • 30-day NBN satisfaction guarantee
  • Broadband Protect: Online security to keep your family safe
  • 50Mbps typical evening speed
  • Telstra Air® included
Telstra Broadband
Telstra TV + Standard Plus Speed
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 50Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
$104/mth Price
$8 for first month, then $104/mth thereafter
Min Cost - $433 for new customers who cancel after 1 mth.
  • Pay only $8 for the first month
  • Free 2 months Device Protect
  • Free BINGE Standard for 3 months
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • 20k Telstra Plus Points
  • Buy online: no connection fee
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
  • Telstra Smart Modem included (with 4G back up)
  • Unlimited standard local, national and Australian mobile calls
  • Unlimited calls to 13 numbers included
  • Stream it all on the new Telstra TV
  • 30-day NBN satisfaction guarantee
  • Broadband Protect: Online security to keep your family safe
  • Telstra Air® included
Telstra Broadband
Premium Speed + Unlimited Data
NBN 100™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 100Mbps Premium Evening
Unlimited Data
$110/mth Price
$1 for the first month, then $110/mth thereafter
Min Cost - $217 for new customers who cancel after 1 mth.
  • Sign up during Black Friday and score a $100 gift card. Offer ends 29 Nov.
  • Pay only $1 for the first month
  • Free 2 months Device Protect
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Free BINGE Standard for 3 months
  • Buy online: no connection fee
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
  • Telstra Smart Modem included (with 4G back up)
  • Unlimited standard local, national and Australian mobile calls
  • Unlimited calls to 13 numbers included
  • 30-day NBN satisfcation guarantee
  • Broadband Protect: Online security to keep your family safe
  • 100Mbps typical evening speed
  • Telstra Air® included
iPrimus
Home Superfast
NBN 250™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 250Mbps Superfast Evening
Unlimited Data
$115/mth Price
Min Cost - $115 over 1 month ($0 set up and standard modem fee)
  • $0 standard modem and set up fee.
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • 8K video streaming
  • Multiple video conferences
  • Landline w/ pay as you go calls
  • 215Mbps typical evening speed (7pm-11pm). Speed may vary due to various factors and confirmed once connected.
  • Add Fetch from $10/mth (includes 1 Premium Channel Pack)
  • Add $10 for Unlimited Landline & Mobile calls
  • Add $30 for Unlimited Landline & Mobile calls + 2000 International minutes
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Unlimited Broadband Superfast
NBN 250™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 250Mbps Superfast Evening
Unlimited Data
$115/mth Price
Min Cost - $115 over 1 month
  • Free Amazon Prime for 12 months for new NBN connections and transfers only.
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Suitable for 5+ people online at the same time & 4K video
  • For gaming & HD video streaming (4K)
  • No Southern Phone setup fees
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Plus (Medium)
NBN 50™ Satellite Speed Up to 50Mbps Standard Plus Evening
200GB Data
$130/mth Price
Min Cost - $130 over 1 month
  • Free Amazon Prime for 12 months for new NBN connections and transfers only.
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • 100GB Off-peak & peak data
  • 25Mbps+ typical evening speed
  • Peak is throughout the day from 7am to 1am and off-peak is late night from 1am to 7am
  • Typical evening speed subject to network capacity
Telstra Broadband
Superfast Speed + Unlimited Data
NBN 250™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 250Mbps Superfast Evening
Unlimited Data
$140/mth Price
$1 for the first month, then $140/mth thereafter
Min Cost - $356 if you cancel after 1 mth. For customers on the Premium internet plan only.
  • Sign up during Black Friday and score a $100 gift card. Offer ends 29 Nov.
  • Pay only $1 for the first month
  • Free 2 months Device Protect
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Free BINGE Standard for 3 months
  • Buy online: no connection fee
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
  • Telstra Smart Modem included (with 4G back up)
  • Unlimited standard local, national and Australian mobile calls
  • Unlimited calls to 13 numbers included
  • 30-day NBN satisfaction guarantee
  • Broadband Protect: Online security to keep your family safe
  • 230Mbps typical evening speed
  • Telstra Air® included
Telstra Broadband
Ultrafast Speed + Unlimited Data
NBN 1000™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 1000Mbps Ultrafast Evening
Unlimited Data
$180/mth Price
$1 for the first month, then $180/mth thereafter
Min Cost - $396 if you cancel after 1 mth. For customers on the Premium internet plan only.
  • Sign up during Black Friday and score a $100 gift card. Offer ends 29 Nov.
  • Pay only $1 for the first month
  • Free 2 months Device Protect
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Free BINGE Standard for 3 months
  • Buy online: no connection fee
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
  • Telstra Smart Modem included (with 4G back up)
  • Unlimited standard local, national and Australian mobile calls
  • Unlimited calls to 13 numbers included
  • 30-day NBN satisfaction guarantee
  • Broadband Protect: Online security to keep your family safe
  • 700Mbps typical evening speed
  • Telstra Air® included
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Plus (Large)
NBN 50™ Satellite Speed Up to 50Mbps Standard Plus Evening
300GB Data
$190/mth Price
Min Cost - $190 over 1 month
  • Free Amazon Prime for 12 months for new NBN connections and transfers only.
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • 150GB Off-peak & peak data
  • 25Mbps+ typical evening speed
  • Peak is throughout the day from 7am to 1am and off-peak is late night from 1am to 7am
  • Typical evening speed subject to network capacity

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Last audited 22nd of November 2021

Compare NBN Internet Plans and Save Money

The days of having to choose from one or two providers for your internet are a thing of the past, thanks to the arrival of the NBN, which is now available to almost all Australians. With the NBN, not only will you be able to get a much faster internet connection, but you’ll now be able to choose your internet provider from a huge range of companies. 

That means it’s much easier to find a plan that suits your needs at a price that’s right for you – and if you’re not happy with a provider you choose, it’s easy to switch. And if you still want to keep your home phone, the good news is you can – in fact, a home phone is provided free of charge with many plans. Check what’s on offer, and find your perfect NBN plan!

Best Internet Deals and Offers

With so many competing internet providers looking for you to come to them for your NBN internet, there’s always some great limited-time deals and offers to be had, whether you’re connecting for the first time or thinking of switching to a new provider. Keep an eye on this page, as we keep a close eye on the latest special offers and deals on NBN internet plans – like these below. You can sign up online for the best NBN plans and stay connected to the NBN with the most attractive price per month, unlimited premium and the smallest typical evening speed slowdowns.

Compare Plans

Plan
Inclusions
Price
nbn™ Unlimited Broadband Standard
  • Free Amazon Prime for 12 months for new NBN connections and transfers only.
  • nbn™ Unlimited Broadband Standard
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 50Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • Suitable for 3 - 4 people online at the same time
  • For gaming, HD 1080p video & working from home
  • $75/mth
$75/mth
Min Cost - $75 over 1 month

Premium Speed + Unlimited Data
  • Sign up during Black Friday and score a $100 gift card. Offer ends 29 Nov.
  • Pay only $1 for the first month
  • Free 2 months Device Protect
  • Premium Speed + Unlimited Data
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 100Mbps Premium Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 100™ Fixed Line
  • Free BINGE Standard for 3 months
  • Buy online: no connection fee
  • $110/mth
$110/mth
$1 for the first month, then $110/mth thereafter
Min Cost - $217 for new customers who cancel after 1 mth.

Premium
  • $0 standard modem and set up fee.
  • Premium
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 100Mbps Premium Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 100™ Fixed Line
  • Multiple players gaming online
  • 4K video streaming
  • $90/mth
$90/mth
Min Cost - $90 over 1 month ($0 set up and standard modem fee)

NBN25 Unlimited - Month to Month
  • $15/mth off for 6 months. Offer ends 30 Nov 2021.
  • $10 off w/ electricity & gas on selected areas
  • NBN25 Unlimited - Month to Month
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 25Mbps Standard Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 25™ Fixed Line
  • Includes landline service w/ pay as you go calls
  • Pay as you go calls or add calling packs from $10/mth
  • For first 6 months $50/mth
For first 6 months $50/mth
$65/mth thereafter
Min Cost - $110 (includes once-off $60 modem cost)

How to Choose an Internet Plan

Now that the NBN has almost finished rolling out across Australia, most people now have access to it in some form – though, for many, that’ll mean switching from an existing ADSL internet connection to the NBN. This happens when you order your first NBN service. A NBN technician will visit to make the necessary changes to your phone line and get you all set for the NBN (your home phone, if you’re keeping it, will plug into the NBN your internet provider sends you).

Once the NBN is available in your area, you have 18 months to switch over to it before the old phone lines are switched off. And with some really well-priced NBN internet plans on the market now, ADSL doesn’t make a lot of sense to keep any more (remember, too, that there’s no home phone line rental charge on the NBN!)

Important Things to Consider

Selecting one of many NBN providers might prove to be a tall task. The competition is immense.

Who is the best NBN provider? Who’s got the best Internet service for you? Let’s check it out!

Best Internet Deals and Offers

With so many competing internet providers looking for you to come to them for your NBN internet, there’s always some great limited-time deals and offers to be had, whether you’re connecting for the first time or thinking of switching to a new provider.

Unlimited Data

You’ll want to aim for plans with unlimited data – it’s pretty much the industry standard these days, and there’s a lot to say for not needing to worry about going over your monthly limit. There was a time when unlimited data plans were a sign of a potentially slow and congested network, but most providers seem to have that problem solved now.

NBN Plan Speed

The NBN has a series of preset maximum speeds you can choose from – and of course, faster is more expensive (test your internet speed here). They’re advertised using the form “NBN25” where 25 is the maximum download speed. For families, we recommend the most popular plan speed – NBN50. There’s also the faster NBN100 and NBN250, the latter being offered by such providers as iPrimus and Telstra. There’s even the speed add-on called Ultrafast that delivers up to 700Mbps download speeds!

Typical Evening Speed

Internet providers now have to disclose, by law, the typical speeds each plan can reach in the busy peak evening hours. This is a handy number to compare when you’re checking out plans, as it’ll give you some idea of whether there’s any chance of the dreaded evening “Netflix slowdown”. The closer this number comes to the plan speed, the better.

The Most Popular Internet Plans

No Contract

While there are many no-contract internet plans on the market these days, not all of them are truly contract-free – there might be a setup fee, or a modem you have to pay off if you leave early. Some internet service providers may waive the fee, but you’d need to BYO modem (Buy Your Own). Southern Phone‘s Unlimited Standard plan gives you contract-free NBN25 internet for only $65 a month with no setup fee.

High Speed

When it comes to fast internet, Telstra NBN is hard to beat – and if you’re after a high-speed internet plan, they’re the obvious choice, with their Premium Speed + Unlimited Data plan giving you a lightning-fast connection for $110/month with typical evening speeds of 100Mbps. It’s only available on FTTP and HFC connections.

Unlimited Data

One of the pioneers of unlimited data plans, iPrimus has a great deal for an NBN50 connection that you can optionally add Fetch TV too. The plan costs only $75/month and comes with a home phone with pay-as-you-go calls. The same goes for Dodo which offers the same uncapped data plan on the same speed tier also for $75/month.

What are the NBN Connection types?

There are several different methods used to connect you to the NBN, which depend entirely on where you live – you don’t get a choice. Your internet provider will tell you when you sign up which sort of connection you’ll be getting – but what do they all mean?

FTTP – Fibre to the Premises

This is the NBN as it was originally planned – a fibre optic cable connection that runs right into your home, where it ends in a large white box. You simply plug a modem or router into that, and you’re ready to get online.  It can provide very fast connections – while 250 Mbps is the fastest currently offered in Australia, current FTTP installs can happily do up to 1000 Mbps – what’s called “gigabit”.

FTTN – Fibre to the Node

The technology that was initially brought in as a cheaper alternative to FTTP, Fibre to the Node does what it says on the tin – it runs a fast fibre optic cable all the way to a box in your street called a node. From there, the existing copper phone wires are used to connect to nearby houses.

FTTB – Fibre to the Basement/Building

Often used in existing apartment buildings because it’s far easier than trying to run new cable into dozens or hundreds of residences across multiple floors, FTTB is similar to FTTN, in that fibre is run to a “node”.

HFC – Hybrid Fibre/Coaxial

There’s nothing new about this one – HFC is the technical name for what you know as the old pay TV cables! HFC uses a street box to distribute a fibre connection to many homes via a thick coaxial cable (very much like your TV antenna lead). That allows for reliably fast speeds in the 50-250 Mbps range.

FTTC – Fibre to the Curb

This is the newest technology to be put into play on Australia’s NBN. FTTC puts connection points along the fibre cable in the street, one for each home. The home then connects to that cable with the existing copper phone line, but thanks to the distance usually being extremely short, high speeds are almost a guarantee (unless there are problems with the home’s phone wiring).

Fixed Wireless and Sky Muster Satellite

For those too far out in the wilds of Australia to get access to any of the fibre-based technologies, Fixed Wireless is designed to fill areas where rollout of cables wasn’t possible. For truly remote properties, as well as Australia’s island territories, the NBN has its own satellite ready to handle broadband, named Sky Muster.

Frequently Asked Questions about NBN

  • What is the NBN?

For many years, Australia depended on a network of phone lines owned by Telstra, and broadband equipment owned by a handful of companies, for both home phone and internet services. Not only was it slow, it limited consumers’ choice of providers. The NBN – National Broadband Network – replaces that with a high-speed national network for all communications, which all providers can offer services on. That keeps prices down – and thanks to newer technology, speeds are faster than ever possible before.


  • Is the NBN in My Area?

The rollout of the NBN, started in 2010, is now officially complete (though improvements and upgrades are ongoing). Most areas and households have either been switched over to it, or have access to it. You can check your NBN access and the type of connection you have using our interactive NBN rollout map.


  • How Do I Connect to the NBN?

Once the NBN is available in your area, you should get a letter in the mail letting you know you can switch over. At that point you can either contact your current provider to make the switch, or choose a new one – it’s good to compare NBN providers and plans before making a decision, as there are many great-value deals available.


  • Do my Phone and Broadband Have to be With the Same Provider on the NBN?

Yes, usually they do. With the old copper phone network shutting down, your home phone will now work on the same connection as your NBN broadband and will need to be provided by the company that delivers your broadband. That’s not a bad thing – usually, you’ll find the home phone line is included at no extra charge. If you’re on Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) or Fixed Wireless NBN, you can have home phone and broadband with different providers, but the cost of doing so makes it better to stick with the one provider.


  • How Do I Know if the NBN is Down?

As a vast national network, the NBN itself is designed to never be “down” completely (though occasional technical problems can crop up). However, if you’re unable to access your NBN internet service it’s entirely possible that the NBN connection point you’re on may be having an outage, or your internet provider may be having technical issues. Your first port of call is your internet provider’s support line – they have access to all the info about the NBN and can tell you if there’s an outage and how long it may last, or get things fixed if there’s a fault in your service.


  • How do I Get an NBN Connection Box?

When the NBN is installed at your home or business, the NBN technicians will install all the things needed to get the connection into your home. Depending on your connection type, they will also possibly install a device known as a NTD where the connection enters the building, which is what you connect your modem or router to. With Fibre to the Curb connections, the NTD will usually be supplied by your internet provider, but sometimes may be installed when you have the NBN connected. In either case, it’s provided free of charge.


  • How Does the NBN Work?

A vast broadband network that stretch across the entire country, the NBN works as a central hub that all internet providers can connect to via any of 121 connection points around the continent. It provides the pipelines and computing power needed to move data to and from each of those connection points, sending it to and receiving it from your chosen broadband provider. It’s an incredibly complex network that’s designed to be, for the end user, as simple as plugging a modem or router into a socket on the wall.


  • Do You Need a Phone Line for the NBN?

The NBN replaces the old copper phone network, and with it, your traditional phone line is also replaced. However, with some NBN technologies – Fibre to the Node, Fibre to the Curb and Fibre to the Building – existing phone lines are used to carry the NBN data from the street into your home. Because this is a far shorter length of traditional phone line, much faster speeds can be reached. When the NBN is installed at your place, the NBN technicians will make the needed changes to your phone line so it’ll work with the NBN.


  • How Fast is the NBN?

While so far, most NBN connections have been limited to the NBN 100 tier as the top speed – that’s 100 Mbps downloads and 40 Mbps uploads – in 2020, new speed tiers were released, offering download speeds of 250 Mbps and 1000 Mbps (also known as “gigabit”). However, these speeds aren’t available for everyone just yet – in most cases, upgrades need to be made to the network to enable them for customers, and internet providers need to choose to offer them (at the moment, only a few do).


  • Is the NBN Compulsory?

While you’re not required to have a NBN broadband connection or home phone if you don’t want one, the old copper phone network is being decommissioned and you will lose access to it once that happens in your area, making the NBN the only choice for wired broadband and phone. That’s not a bad thing, since it gives all consumers much more choice and cheaper prices, and the ability to switch providers easily without a lengthy waiting period.


  • What Type of NBN Do I Have?

There are several types of NBN in use around Australia, and which one you get depends on your location – you can’t choose which type you get. All connect to the same NBN in different ways and have different advantages and capabilities. To find out which type you have, search for your address on any NBN internet provider’s web site – it will instantly show you which connection type you have.


  • Who Owns the NBN?

The NBN was a project started by the Rudd government a decade ago, and then modified and finished by the current government, as a publicly owned asset. At the moment, the NBN is still 100% government owned and run, but the longer-term plan has always been to sell it to recoup the huge cost of building it. While that will eventually happen, for the immediate future the NBN remains in public hands.


  • What is the difference between Telstra and NBN Co?

Telstra owns a huge infrastructure but the company doesn’t equate NBN Co, as the latter is a government body created to manage the whole NBN network. Telstra was so big back in the day that other NBN providers e. g. Aussie Broadband used their backhaul to provide their services. No wonder people confuse Telstra and NBN.


  • Why is my NBN So Slow?

If you’re experiencing slow or unreliable broadband on the NBN, the actual NBN network is unlikely to be the problem. It’s possible your internet provider may be having technical issues or suffering from congestion, so call them first. It’s also possible that you’re suffering from a local fault, either with the cable out in your street or the cabling in your home; you ISP can help you diagnose that. If you’re using wi-fi, make sure you test your connection using a computer plugged into your modem/router via Ethernet first – wi-fi is notoriously prone to interference causing slowdowns.


  • Bundling TV with NBN Internet Plans

TV and the internet are closely connected these days, and there are plenty of options if you’re looking to get some entertainment with your internet connection. Fetch TV can be added to unlimited plans from several providers (like iPrimus, mentioned above) or if you’re more of a streaming user, Telstra’s internet and TV bundle pulling together a Telstra TV box, free months of Binge and Foxtel Now, a home phone and unlimited broadband is TV value that’s hard to beat from $89/month. Telstra also offers well-priced bundles with Foxtel included. You can check out all the latest TV and internet bundles on our comparison page.


  • What is the Cheapest NBN Internet Plan?

If money’s tight and you’re looking to get connected to the internet without breaking the bank, don’t worry – there are affordable plans available, and while they won’t break speed records, they’ll keep you connected just as well. Belong Broadband – which uses the Telstra network – has its Starter plan available for only $60/month, which gives you slightly more than NBN25 speed. It doesn’t get much cheaper than that – and they include a wi-fi modem too.


  • What is the Best NBN Internet Plan?

What’s best overall is going to depend on your specific needs, but the plan which gives the most bang for your buck is Telstra’s NBN50 Unlimited Data plan. It bundles a fast, reliable connection, a modem with 4G backup, a home phone with unlimited calls, free connection and one month of free Foxtel Now and three months of free BINGE (more if you join Telstra Plus!)


  • What does “NBN25”, “NBN50”, “NBN100” mean?

NBN plans and deals are divided into speed tiers so that Internet users can tell their speed right away. For example, the NBN speed tier “NBN50” means that the connection is capable of providing you with a 50 Mbps download speed and 20 Mbps upload speed. Here you have a list of speed tiers:

  • NBN 25 – 25 Mbps download, 5 Mbps upload; TES – 18-24 Mbps,
  • NBN 50 – 50 Mbps download, 20 Mbps upload; TES – 40 Mbps,
  • NBN 100 – 100 Mbps download, 40 Mbps upload; TES – 80 Mbps
  • NBN 250 – 250 Mbps download, 25 Mbps upload; TES – 200 Mbps,
  • NBN 1000 – 1000 Mbps download, 50 Mbps upload; TES – 350 – 700 Mbps.

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