Activ8me Broadband | Satellite and NBN plans

The A-Z of Activ8me’s NBN and ADSL2+ broadband plans for metropolitan and regional users.

Activ8me is a Melbourne-based Internet and phone service provider that began operations by providing satellite broadband services to regional and remote areas in Australia. It now rates amongst the nation’s largest satellite Internet service providers, and works alongside the Australian Government's Indigenous Communications Program with the aim of improving telecommunication services in remote indigenous communities.

Activ8me became an official National Broadband Network (NBN) service provider in 2011, providing NBN Satellite, NBN Fibre, and NBN Fixed Wireless services since. Activ8me also provides ADSL broadband, mobile broadband, fixed landline, satellite phone and Internet phone services.

This business now provides high quality Internet services to rural and metropolitan areas alike.

What broadband plans and bundles does Activ8me offer?

Activ8me provides an array of broadband plans and bundles - so you can pick one according to your intended usage.

NBN Fibre Broadband 

NBN Fibre provides much faster speeds than ADSL, and this option gives you speeds of up to 100/40 Mbps, allowing you to stream and download without glitches. You can choose from various monthly data allowance options like 40GB, 100GB, 200GB, 500GB, and 1,000GB. If you opt for 12/1 Mbps or 25/5 Mbps speeds, you can get unlimited plans.

You can select your speed depending on how fast a connection you’re after. Here’s what you can expect:

12/1 MbpsSonic - 25/5 MbpsSupersonic - 50/20 MbpsHypersonic - 100/40 Mbps
Extra per monthNil$5$10$20
Good forBrowsing, social networking, shopping, sending and receiving emails, online bankingStreaming video, playing online games, download a 4GB movie in 32 minutesLag-free video chatting, download a 4GB movie in 15 minutesMultiple users, multiple devices, download a 4GB movie in 7 minutes
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Opticomm Fibre Broadband

If you live in an OptiComm fibre optic enabled apartment or house in Victoria, you can get an OptiComm fibre broadband connection. Plan details are pretty much in line with what NBN Fibre Broadband connections have to offer.

Business Plans

Businesses in regional and remote areas get various satellite broadband connection options to choose from - depending on your usage. Details are below:

Total dataPeak dataOff-peak dataCost per month
3GB2GB1GB$49.95
6GB4GB2GB$69.95
9GB6GB3GB$89.95
15GB10GB5GB$139.95
24GB16GB8GB$189.95
30GB20GB10GB$229.95
45GB30GB15GB$329.95
60GB40GB20GB$429.95
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Streaming with Activ8me

Streaming allows you to watch popular TV shows and movies on your TV, tablet or smartphone using an Internet connection. With streaming, you don’t have to wait for the entire content to download; you can start viewing the data before the transmission of the entire data.

For example, you can watch popular TV shows like Homeland, Sons of Anarchy, Sherlock, The Sopranos, Louie, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and more at your own pace, as and when you like. The same applies to popular movies.

There are a number of popular video streaming services in Australia that you can subscribe to, and signing up for these services is rather simple. Subscription options can vary from provider to provider, as this table illustrates:

PriceHDChromecast ready?Airplay ready?Number of devices in use at once
NetflixFrom $8.99HD and 4K available (certain plans only)YesYesUp to four
Quickflix$9.99YesYesYesThree
PrestoFrom $9.99SD onlyYesNoTwo

Before opting for any service provider, take into account that not all work across all platforms. For example, Quickflix rates highly on this front, given that it works with PCs, Macs, Windows 8, Android, iOS, PS3, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Activ8me and NBN

NBN gives Internet users access to much faster speeds and increased reliability when compared to ADSL2+ connections. Know that the NBN network works in five tiers, with each offering a different speed.

While tiers four and five offer considerably faster speeds than comparable ADSL2+ plans, they also cost significantly more. Tiers two and tier three offer faster speeds than ADSL2+ and are also more expensive, too. What you have to decide is how much you’re willing to pay for a faster connection.

Compatible Devices

Not all devices work with all streaming services, and not all devices support all video formats - so it’s best to compare a few service providers before signing up with one. For instance, while Quickflix works with all Apple iOS devices, this is limited to SD streaming and premium content, and Sony Smart TVs only support SD streaming and not its premium content.

Devices you can expect to use with most streaming services are: smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, Blu-ray players, home theatre systems and media players. Common video streaming formats you’ll come by include Real Media, Windows Media, MPEG-4, Flash, and QuickTime.

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Frequently asked questions

With the hypersonic connection, you can download a 4GB HD movie in around seven minutes, and a 350MB TV show in about 24 seconds.

An Activ8me representative gets in touch with you and arranges for an NBN technician to visit your home and provide the connection. This can take up to 10 business days.

Yes, although you’ll have to check if it’s compatible with the new NBN service.

You can set up direct debits using an Australian bank account or credit card.

You have the choice between no contract, a 12-month contract, and a 24-month contract.

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8 Responses to Activ8me Broadband | Satellite and NBN plans

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    Slow | October 12, 2016

    I have a current service provider and they have rung saying I need to change to the NBN now or I will lose my Internet connection.
    My concern is that it’s going to cost me more money and I seriously doubt that it will improve the service. I currently pay $24.00 per month and only my emails and Facebook. Is there other ways that I can keep the cost down and how long before the current service is turned off?

    • Staff
      Jason | November 11, 2016

      Hi Slow user,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Typically, you have about 18 months to switch before your home phone and Internet services will be disconnected. It’s important to get switched over to NBN before the cutoff date as you run the risk of losing your home phone number and Internet services if you don’t switch to NBN. Most ISPs will transfer you to an NBN plan free of charge. NBN plans can also offer Internet speeds that are better than ADSL connections. Please click this link for more information about NBN.

      Please get in touch with your Internet service provider and check with them if there will be any changes in you monthly bill if you move to NBN or you can also click this link and check for better NBN plans that can help you save money.

      Cheers,
      Jason

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    Martin | May 3, 2016

    What minimum download/upload speed using your 50/20 Mbps option could I expect?

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      Brodie | May 6, 2016

      Hi Martin,

      You’ve reached finder.com.au, not Activ8me. Unfortunately, Activ8me (and most broadband providers) do not specify a minimum speed as speed can be impacted by a number of factors including congestion and geography.

      Cheers,
      Brodie

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    John | October 9, 2015

    Must I cancel my satellite service now that I am connected to fixed wireless service? John Gibson

    • Staff
      Brodie | October 12, 2015

      Hi John,

      You’ve come through to finder.com.au. We’re an online comparison service not affiliated with Activ8me. Try the Activ8me customer support centre on 1300 76 02 19 or visit the support section of their website.

      Cheers,

      Brodie

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    Terry | August 22, 2015

    As regards the Fixed Wireless Broadband.
    You mention it requires installation of a small antenna. How big is the antenna and does it need to be installed outside or inside the house?

    You also mention Download Speeds of up to 12Mbps and up to 25Mbps Is the speed dependant on which plan is chosen or is there an extra cost for the faster speed?

    Is this service available in Moores Pocket (Suburb of Ipswich) Queensland?

    Thank you

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      Brodie | August 25, 2015

      Hi there Terry,

      Unfortunately, NBN Wireless Broadband isn’t yet available in Moore’s Pocket. I’d recommend registering your interest over at the Activ8Me website.

      In regards to your other questions, the small antenna sits on the outside of the house and is about 450 mm tall and speed packs are purchased as add-ons on top of your plan.

      Hope that helps,

      Brodie

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