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Most Australians are using an NBN connection by now. Just a handful of providers are still offering ADSL plans.
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Keep in mind that Telstra is the only major telco in Australia that is still accepting new ADSL customers.
Can you still get ADSL in Australia?
Yes, in limited circumstances, you may still be able to get an ADSL or ADSL2+ internet connection if the NBN is still unavailable in your area.
As the NBN completed its rollout in each suburb, the copper cable connections were scheduled to be cut off 18 months later. The last of those copper connections were due to be cut off in June 2022.
In suburbs where fixed wireless or Sky Muster NBN are available instead of fixed-line NBN, ADSL copper line connections were left undisturbed. If you're not in one of those areas, your provider should have already switched you over to an NBN service by this point.
You can find out which internet connection is available at your location with Finder's NBN tracker.
What are the ADSL providers in Australia?
There are very few ADSL providers remaining in Australia.
Some of the smaller telcos that still offer ASDL in a limited number of areas include the following:
Is ADSL better than the NBN?
No, ADSL is an older technology type that cannot compete with the speed of NBN. Because it's no longer widely available, ADSL costs have gone up too.
Here are the main differences between the 2 connection types:
|Type of cable used||Copper telephone cable||Varies between fibre optic cables and a mix of fibre optic and copper cables|
|Max download speeds available||Up to 24Mbps||Up to 1000Mbps|
|Price||Starting from $59 per month||Starting from $55 per month|
- Learn more about the difference between NBN, cable, ADSL and wireless internet.
Is there an alternative to ADSL Internet?
If the NBN is the successor to ADSL, then home wireless is an alternative to both.
Rather than relying on cable technologies, home wireless uses the same cell tower technology as your mobile plan to enable internet access.
In areas with 5G and access to its faster speeds, home wireless could be even more enticing.
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