Full Spectrum: NBN prices compared

Summary:Now that Telstra has released its pricing for broadband services on the National Broadband Network (NBN), we're getting a clearer picture of the prices that we can initially expect to pay — but which company has the lowest prices?

Now that Telstra has released its pricing for broadband services on the National Broadband Network (NBN), we're getting a clearer picture of the prices that we can initially expect to pay — but which company has the lowest prices?

If you're looking for cheap broadband, it won't be found on Telstra, that's for sure. In addition to having some of the most expensive plans, each plan comes bundled with a home phone service through Telstra's copper network.

To gain an overview, we've created a few tables that compare the lowest and the highest prices across a few of the telcos that have released their pricing plans. The tables do not include every plan; to get all the information, refer to the sources at the bottom of the article.

100Mbps/40Mbps

Provider Lowest GB offering Highest GB offering
Telstra 200GB — $100 500GB — $150
Optus 120GB — $79.99 1TB — $149 (bundled with home phone)
iiNet 20GB peak + 20GB off-peak — $69.95 500GB peak + 500GB off-peak — $99.95
Internode 30GB — $74.95 1TB — $164.95
Primus 15GB — $79.95 300GB — $139.95
Exetel 25GB — $45 300GB — $70
SkyMesh 20GB — $49.95 2TB — $114.95

50Mbps/20Mbps

Provider Lowest GB offering Highest GB offering
Telstra - -
Optus 120GB — $69.99 1TB — $139 (bundled with home phone)
iiNet 20GB peak + 20GB off-peak — $64.95 500GB peak + 500GB off-peak — $94.95
Internode 30GB — $64.95 1TB — 154.95
Primus 15GB — $59.95 300GB — $129.95
Exetel 50GB — $50 100GB — $55
SkyMesh 20GB — $44.95 2TB — $104.95

25Mbps/5Mbps

Provider Lowest GB offering Highest GB offering
Telstra 5GB — $80 200GB — $90
Optus 120GB — $59.99 1TB — $129 (bundled with home phone)
iiNet 20GB peak + 20GB off-peak — $54.95 500GB peak + 500GB off-peak — $84.95
Internode 30GB — $54.95 1TB — 144.95
Primus 15GB — $49.95 300GB — $119.95
Exetel 50GB — $40 100GB — $50
SkyMesh 20GB — $39.95 1TB — $84.95

12Mbps/1Mbps

Provider Lowest GB offering Highest GB offering
Telstra - -
Optus 40GB — $39.99 -
iiNet 20GB peak + 20GB off-peak — $49.95 500GB peak + 500GB off-peak — $79.95
Internode 30GB — $49.95 1TB — $139.95
Primus - -
Exetel 50GB — $35 -
SkyMesh 15GB — $29.95 500GB — $79.95

Sources (accessed 29/02/2012):

Updated at 11:50am, 2 March 2012: made it clearer that Telstra's plans are bundled and iiNet's plans are split between peak and off-peak.

Topics: NBN, Broadband, Optus, Telcos, Telstra

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Armed with a degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Journalism, Josh keeps a close eye on the telecommunications industry, the National Broadband Network, and all the goings on in government IT.

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