Cable Internet – Should I Get Optus or Telstra Broadband?


optus vs telstra

It’s a competitive world out there when it comes to internet service providers, with dozens of offers and deals to decide between. Thanks to the latest innovations, cable internet now allows you to reach download speeds of 100Mbps – similar to fibre-to-the-home NBN, and five or more times as fast as the best ADSL connection. If you’ve got access to cable, you want it.

It’s easy to check online if you have cable access – you simply enter your address on the two telcos’ web sites and they’ll give you the news. If you’re very lucky, you’ll have access to both, giving you a bit more freedom of choice. And if the NBN is taking over your local cable to give you a wider choice of ISPs in the near future, you’ll have received a letter in the mail giving you a date for when it’s happening.

So what deals are available? Well, that depends on whether you want to sign up for a bundle deal, or just want fast internet pumped down that cable and that’s all.

As we mentioned, down the track, Telstra and Optus’s cables will be taken over by the NBN, when they will get another speed upgrade. If you connect up to cable now, you’ll be all ready to go for when that change happens.

NBN Broadband Plans

Unlimited Internet Plan
  • $10/mth off for 12 months
  • Free Foxtel Now for 1 month
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • Buy online: no connection fee
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
$90/mth
Min Cost - $2,160 when you stay connected for 24 months, and may change if the month-to-month plan price changes

nbn™ Unlimited Broadband Turbo
  • $65/mth for 6 mths! Ends 31 July
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • Ideal for households of 3-4
  • For gaming & video streaming
$65/mth
Min Cost - $65/mth, for 6 months. $75/mth afterwards.

Unlimited 100/20Mbps Flexi
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 100™ Fixed Line
  • BYO Modem
  • Great plan for a larger household
$89/mth
Min Cost - $89 over 1 month

NBN Sky Muster - 200GB Sonic
  • PlayOn Cloud free for 3 months
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
  • 200GB Data
  • NBN 25™ Satellite
  • 60GB peak, 140GB off peak data
  • No excess usage
$54.95/mth
Min Cost - $54.95 per month

NBN Standard Plus Month to Month
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • $60 Wi-Fi modem
  • No excess usage charge
$70/mth
Min Cost - $130

Last audited 6 May 2020

Stand-alone broadband

If you’re happy with how everything else is connected at home and just want the internet, here are your options; note that these prices are all for the full-speed 100/2 Mbps service. For Optus, you can get the slower 30/2 service as well – just take $30 off the monthly cost.

Optus

PlanUnlimitedUnlimited with Speed Boost
Cost/month $80 $110
Included Data Unlimited Unlimited
Contract 24 months 24 months
Minimum cost $1,920 $2,640

Telstra

PlanConnectConnect Plus
Cost/month $69 $79
Included Data 100GB 1,000GB
Contract 24 months 24 months
Minimum cost $1,755 $1,995

For big data users, the clear winner there is Optus with its unlimited data. But if you’re a moderate user, or if you prefer getting fast internet for less, the Telstra’s “Connect Plus” plan is a better deal. 1000GB at 100Mbps is enough to turn heads, and at $80/month, it won’t break the bank either.

Great Perks from Telstra Broadband

Enjoy amazing internet speed on the powerful Telstra network starting at $75/mth, includes Telstra Smart Modem, no $99 connection fee & no lock-in contract.

Bundles – Broadband, With Added Entertainment

You can find some excellent value in the competitive bundles offered by both Telstra and Optus for cable internet, especially if you still have a landline phone at home and want to save money on it by bundling it in.

Telstra’s Broadband bundles focus on adding in a entertainment options and a “Telstra Gateway” – the special type of modem needed to connect to cable internet. On one of their higher plans they also throw in the new Telstra TV streaming box, which lets you watch Netflix, Stan and Foxtel Now easily on your TV. They can also add Foxtel to your bundle.

Optus, meanwhile, focuses strongly on entertainment. While also bundling a home phone service with unlimited calls (which ones depend on the bundle you select), Optus adds the much-loved Fetch TV Mighty to the mix. This set-top box lets you record up to six channels while watching a seventh, access all of the latest streaming video services, and watch what you want from a range of exclusive TV channels under the Fetch TV brand (BBC, National Geographic, MTV and more).

Telstra

PlanEntertainmentEntertainment Plus Sports
Cost/month $99 $129
Included Data Unlimited Unlimited
Included phone calls None None
Bundled Extras Telstra TV, Foxtel Now starter pack for 24 months Foxtel installation, iQ3 box, and Entertainment and Sports channel packs
Contract 24 months 24 months
Minimum cost $2,475 $3,295.06

Optus

PlanEverydayEntertainment
Cost/month $60 $80
Included Data Unlimited! Unlimited!
Included phone calls None None
Bundled Extras Wi-Fi modem Fetch TV Mighty set-top box + one channel pack. Optus Sport subscription.
Contract 24 months 24 months
Minimum cost $1440 $1920
Plan: Everyday Cost/month: $60 Included Data: Unlimited!
Plan: Entertainment Cost/month: $80 Included Data: Unlimited!

Note: price includes SpeedBoost activated on all Optus packs.

The two Optus bundles give you options depending on whether you’re more focused on getting the basics or want entertainment.

For Telstra, the $99 unlimited-download “Entertainment” bundle sits in the right spot, with a hefty data allowance and the extremely desirable Telstra TV box giving you first-class access to all that the streaming world has to offer as well as two years of free Foxtel Now access.

Both telcos provide a box that streams HD TV and SVoD as well. But if you’re lucky enough to have a choice between providers, it’s Optus that provides the peace of mind of unlimited downloads for less per month.  This makes them an obvious choice to check out first. Whichever provider you choose, though, your broadband is going to get a heck of a lot faster!

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