Full Spectrum: NBN prices compared

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?

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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, Telcos, Optus, 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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  • Josh I believe all the Telstra plans come bundled with a home phone. This is not indicated on your tables
    chapo-90066
  • Hi Chapo,

    I mentioned it in the above paragraph that all Telstra plans come bundled (should be clearer now).

    The reason I singled that out for Optus is that not all of Optus' plans come with a phone bundled with it.
    Josh Taylor
  • It's encouraging from a competitive POV to see someone who I have not previously associated with National Broadband (Skymesh) making an entry into this market with some excellent plans.

    Who else is waiting for TPG to announce plans?

    And... did anyone actually expect Telstra to offer plans with any value in them?
    Paul Krueger
  • They have to pay for the redundancies somehow. Telstra have a lot of workforce to dispose of.
    figjam12
  • I believe there is a typo within the table for 100Mbps/40Mbps.
    iiNet, Highest GB offering: "500GB peak + 50GB off-peak — $99.95"
    Should it be "500GB peak + 500GB off-peak — $99.95"?
    Ray P-8fafa
    • Hi Ray, yep. We'll fix.
      Josh Taylor
  • "In addition to having some of the most expensive plans, each plan comes bundled with a home phone service through Telstra's copper network."

    you do know the Cu network is being pulled out & decommissioned?

    bit hard to tell real value when all they have really done is copy and paste existing adsl plans onto fibre price page. i dont blame them either, its easier to bring prices down then to take them up.
    roundaus
  • " it won't be found on Telstra" ????????????

    I don't second that view. Currently on fast Bigpond cable Standard Liberty, all I can eat, @ $59.95 pm and HomeLine Plus @ $31.95. What's more superb sterling service for well over 40 years.


    Mat
    Vasso Massonic
    • Sadly, while ever there are those who will willingly pay more (because they are blind stubborn stakeholders) for the same product they can get elsewhere markedly cheaper, why would Telstra want or even contemplate being competitive.

      You can fool some of the people all of the time...
      Beta-9f71a
    • Does that "all you can eat" include free calls within Australia? I expect most people who think about comparative pricing on fibre will be expecting to see any phone component will contain generous allowances for free calls. Except where Telstra is involved as they will be trying to perpetuate a fee for service approach until the very last person realises that is no longer relevant in an VOIP world.
      Listohan
      • I was referring to broadband, phone use is fast becoming irrelevant given the convenience of mobile handsets. Albeit, hawkers still love still them.

        I think that wireless applications will, in the main, overtake terrestrial networks in the not too distant future.
        Vasso Massonic
  • I know the media thinks the NBN is all fibre and ignores NBN Wireless and Satellite which we "the forgotten 7%" will get, but could it be mentioned in the article that Skymesh's prices also apply to their NBN Wireless plans.

    A bit less fibre in your article diet please ZDNet :)
    Karlston
  • You may be interested to see how our NBN Fibre offerings compare;
    12/1 smallest plan 10GB $39.95
    12/1 largest plan 800GB (with fibre phone service) $79.90
    25/5 smallest plan 10GB $49.95
    25/5 largest plan 800GB (with fibre phone service) $59.90
    50/20 smallest plan 10GB $64.95
    50/20 largest plan 800GB (with fibre phone service) $99.90
    100/40 smallest plan 10GB $74.95
    100/40 largest plan 800GB (with fibre phone service) $109.90

    Our Fibre data services do not require the use of a modem, simply connect your computer to the UNi-D port with an ethernet cable, or a simple wireless router.
    Our Fibre phone plans do not need VoIP hardware - just conect your handset to the UNI-V port. This also means that the phone service is not impacted by the data service, & phone data does not count towards your data limit.
    Our plans only count data downstream.
    www.rivertel.com.au
    rivertel_mike
  • I suspect teh Telstra plan comes with a copper based telephone service because Telstra will be paid to migrate each and every one of those services over to the NBN when the time comes to turn it off.

    Nothing like being paid to migrate your own customers to yourself.
    Goresh
  • NBNCompared.com.au

    Hey just a heads up on a new site I finished making last night. It compares all the NBN plans. check it out at nbncompared.com.au
    nbnSP