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 10,000 bonus Telstra Plus rewards points, a Telstra Smart Modem Gen 2 with automatic 4G backup, a home phone line with unlimited calls around Australia,
Telstra Internet Plans + Bundles
Internet NBN Plans starting from $75p/m with 3 months BINGE. Or, bundle in Entertainment with unlimited NBN 50 and choose a Telstra TV, Xbox or Foxtel from $99p/m. Join Telstra Plus and get loads of FREE entertainment offers.
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.
Get Great Value Broadband Plans with No Lock-In Contract!
Get connected today with Southern Phone Broadband, offering a great range of NBN plans for all needs and budget. Unlimited NBN plans start at only $60/mth ($5/mth off) and come with no lock-in contract.
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Choose monthly or long term contract. $0 modem and set-up with 12-month plan. Add Fetch TV and Eurosport for just $10/month!
iiNet Liimitless NBN50
If you want to keep that Perth loyalty alive,
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!
Frequently Asked Questions about 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.
The rollout of the NBN, started in 2010, is almost complete – so by now, most areas and households have either been switched over to it, or have access to it. There are a handful of properties around Australia that still can’t get the NBN, but even those will gain access eventually. You can check your NBN access and the type of connection you have using our interactive NBN rollout map.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 for $99/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.
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 $55/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’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 three months of free Binge (more if you join Telstra Plus!)