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Ant Communications Review

Ant Communications offers a wide range of NBN services, whether you're a metro or regional user.

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ANT Communications has been providing telecommunications services to rural and regional Australia for over 10 years. It has a range of different NBN technologies available, including satellite.

Top features:
  • Skymuster Plus plans with unmetered activity on some common applications.
  • 100% Australian based customer support.
  • Wide range of plans available to suit all customers.
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Pick between 3 different speed tiers with ANT Communications or even get a 250Mbps connection if you have FTTP. You can sign up for month-to-month or a 12-, 24- or 36-month contract, with longer contracts offering cheaper routers.


ANT Communications review

Here's what Ant Broadband's plans have to offer:

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Price

$59.95 and up.

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Technology type available

NBN, fixed wireless, satellite.

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All speed tiers available

Basic, Standard, Standard Plus, Premium

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Optional extras

Telephone line and calls.

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Support

8am - 6pm weekdays AEST; 10am - 2pm Saturdays AEST

ANT Communications is a Field Services Group company that's been serving Australia for over 10 years. Its focus is on providing Internet services to rural and regional customers.

It offers NBN plans from NBN25 and up from $69.95 monthly, including a 250Mbps plan for those with an FTTP connection. While ANT Communications' prices are perfectly in line with Finder's averages for their tiers, their average speeds are a bit on the low side (e.g. their Premium typical speed is 80.00Mbps vs. the ACCC average of 84.5Mbps). It has several balanced satellite options for customers who need that kind of plan.

Beyond that, ANT Communications' plans are fairly basic, without any fancy inclusions or extra features. You can get a telephone line if you need it, but otherwise you may want to compare ANT with other providers to see if you can get a better deal.

Here are the extra features that ANT Communications offers:

  • Australian support. ANT Communications has a 100% Australian-based support team.
  • Call inclusions. So long as you have a fixed line or satellite connection you can add on a telephone line with pay-as-you-go calls for an extra $5, or unlimited national and domestic mobile calls for $15 per month.


Should you consider ANT Communications?

Pros

  • Wide selection. ANT has a whole bunch of different plans for you to choose from, on whatever contract you like.
  • Skymuster Plus plans. Unmetered data for a lot of common activities can make your data stretch further.
  • Australian support. Completely Australian-based customer support team.

Cons

  • Below average speeds. The typical evening speeds you get with ANT Communications are nothing spectacular.
  • Long contracts. 36 months is a long time to commit to with a provider, and you'll have to pay at least $150 for a cancellation fee, possibly more.
  • Expensive modems. Without signing up to a lengthy contract, you'll be shelling out at least $150 for a router.

The bottom line: ANT Communications has plenty to offer for those who are restricted to satellite or fixed wireless connections, but doesn't compete well with metro-focused providers.

Start comparing ANT Communications' satellite NBN plans here

When satellite Internet is your only option, you can pick up a Skymuster Plus plan from ANT with a choice of data and unmetered use of some of your favourite applications.

Check out fixed wireless NBN plans from ANT Communications here

Fixed wireless broadband sends a signal from your house to a nearby communication tower. Get 25Mbps Internet with a choice of data limits on a month to month or 12-month contract.

Frequently asked questions about ANT Communications

Do I need a new modem to sign up to ANT Communications?

If you've never been connected to the NBN before, there's a good chance you'll need a new modem. You can either buy your own independently and use it or get one of the two models that ANT offers. You have a choice between a basic NetComm Dual Band AC1600 Wireless Gateway for $149 or a NetComm Enhanced Hybrid 4G LTE Gateway for $299.95.

Can I cancel my ANT Communications plan at any time?

If you're on a month to month plan, you can cancel your plan at any time without consequence. If you're on a longer term contract, you'll have to pay an early termination fee that depends on the contract length. As an example, a 24-month contract comes with a $150 cancellation fee.

Do ANT Communications' plans include calls?

Not by default. However, you can get a phone line with pay-as-you-go calls for $5 more a month, and unlimited national, local and Australian mobile calls for $15 extra.

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