As the rollout of the NBN comes to completion heading into 2020, there’s more choice than ever before about which broadband provider you choose to connect with. With the NBN bringing a wide range of internet options to cities around Australia, it’s a great opportunity to compare which NBN plans are available in Perth and across WA to find the best fit for your broadband needs.
The NBN Rollout in Perth and WA
While it was designed from the start to provide fast broadband to all Australians no matter where they live, rolling out the NBN to Perth and Western Australia came with its unique challenges – not least, the distance of Perth and surrounds from Australia’s other population centres.
Perth and Western Australia now make up a substantial percentage of the completed NBN rollout. As of September 2019, over 1.2 million households and businesses were ready to connect to the NBN, with about 740,000 already online with the new national network. That means there’s around half a million premises in Perth and WA that are ready for the NBN but haven’t yet made the switch.
The good news is that with such high early take-up of the NBN, some of Australia’s biggest names in broadband have been hard at work adding extra capacity to the high-speed internet links that connect Perth and WA to the rest of Australia and the wider world. And alongside those very familiar names are local Perth and WA broadband providers who offer services tailored especially for those who live and work in the region.
NBN Speeds in Western Australia
With the NBN using a variety of different technologies in its rollout, the top connection speeds you can expect from your NBN service will depend greatly on which technology you connect with – and that in turn depends on where you’re located.
While greater Perth is well serviced by the various fixed-line connection types in use, the vast breadth of WA presented the NBN with one of its biggest challenges. But perhaps surprisingly, the percentage of connections using satellite and fixed wireless connections is fairly low.
Satellite (using the NBN’s purpose-built Sky Muster satellites) and fixed wireless connections are used when it’s impossible or impractical to connect a premises to fibre and copper cables. The top speeds on those connection types are often more limited – for example, satellite is limited to a maximum of 25 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload. NBN fixed wireless has a similar limitation. However, customers in some areas may be able to connect with wireless services operated by local Perth companies, like the high-speed fixed wireless service operated by Pentanet.
Wireless Broadband vs NBN (Perth and WA)
Perth has long been an innovator when it comes to the internet – in fact, one of Australia’s biggest internet providers, iiNet, was founded in Perth way back in 1993 in response to the fast-growing demand for reliable, fast internet access for Australia’s most remote city.
That innovation continues today with local Perth companies that offer fast wireless broadband in direct competition with the NBN. Because they’re serving smaller areas, they’re often able to substantially increase the speeds of the wireless connections they offer – as fast as 1 Gbps (10 times faster than the wired NBN’s top speed) in some cases. Those companies include:
Pentanet: A fairly new Perth company offering fixed wireless services at speeds up to 120 Mbps and wireless connections to apartment buildings at up to 200 Mbps, Pentanet also sells standard NBN services and connections on private fibre-to-the-home network LBNco.
Node1: A Perth-based provider that sells fixed wireless services to specific areas – at the moment areas around Geraldton, Bunbury and Perth, with more to come. Node1 also offers “Hyperfast” services at up to 1 Gbps (download and upload) in very specific areas of Perth city and suburbs.
If you’re in the right area to get access to private wireless broadband services like these, you’ve got a hugely increased choice about how you get your broadband. But the NBN has the advantage of vast coverage as well as the reliability of a fixed-line service, and for many people a reliable NBN service at 100 Mbps will be far more ideal – not least because it gives you a choice of a huge range of local and national broadband providers.
The Top NBN Providers for Perth and WA
If you’re looking to get connected to the NBN and want to take advantage of that huge range of choice to find the right provider at the right price, you’ve come to the right place! Check out our NBN rollout map to see what coverage is in your area, and compare the best NBN providers in Australia to find a plan and speed that suits your needs.
If you’re looking for some starting points, these are among Australia’s most popular NBN plans at the moment.
Telstra Broadband Bundles
We’re huge fans of this particular NBN bundle from Telstra, and it’s not hard to see why. You get pretty much everything you need for communication and entertainment all packaged up together by Australia’s largest NBN broadband provider. For $99 per month you get 50 Mbps NBN broadband with unlimited data, a Telstra TV 3 streaming box with 25,000 bonus Telstra Plus rewards points, a Telstra Smart Modem Gen 2 with automatic 4G backup, a home phone line with unlimited calls around Australia and more. On top of that, Telstra is also offering the first month of subscription completely for free across all of their home internet plans and bundles. IT’s brilliant value.
Southern Phone Broadband NBN
A very community minded provider – it quite literally was started by local community members looking for a better range of communications choice for regional areas – Southern Phone is a great NBN choice for Perth and right across WA because they’re experienced with all types of connections – standard NBN, satellite or fixed wireless, they’ve got you covered – and their prices are great.
The aim of the game for Belong is keeping things simple and easy, and that’s what you get with their NBN plans, which run on the Telstra network. $65 per month is all it’ll cost you for a quality 50 Mbps connection with unlimited data, and they’ll throw in $80 of free mobile credit just for joining.
iiNet Liimitless NBN50
If you want to keep that Perth loyalty alive, iiNet might be a logical choice. Now a massive Australia wide broadband provider, they offer a 50 Mbps NBN connection with a bonus Fetch TV box with 30 free movies a month for $74.99/month.
Find the Best Option – Compare NBN Plans
Thanks to the NBN and some clever Perth companies, getting access to high speed broadband anywhere from central Perth to far up the coast has never been easier – and there’s never been so much choice. Be sure to spend some time comparing the options, and find the perfect NBN connection for you!