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Ant Communications broadband plans

Ant Communications offers a wide range of NBN and ADSL2+ services catering to every type of Internet user.


As one of the few telcos supplying high-speed NBN services to rural Australia, Ant Communications is an important player in the national broadband market. For satellite and fixed wireless connections especially, it offers a broad range of plans to satisfy both casual Internet users and those who want the biggest bang their buck can buy.

Along with fixed-line, fixed wireless and satellite NBN services, Ant Communications also offers ADSL services to areas of Australia where the copper network is still operational. All plans, regardless of connection type, are available on month-to-month and 24-month contracts.

Ant Communications fixed-line NBN plans

Ant Communications offers fixed-line NBN plans delivered over fibre to the premises (FTTP), fibre to the node (FTTN) and hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) connections. These plans come with one of three data caps: 100GB, 500GB or unlimited data. They also support all four tiers of NBN speeds, from 12Mbps up to 100Mbps.

Here's Ant Communications' full range of fixed-line NBN plans:

12Mbps plans

  • NF12-100 includes 100GB of data for 34 a month
  • NF12-500 includes 500GB of data for $54.95 a month
  • NF12-UL includes unlimited data for $59.95 a month

25Mbps plans

  • NF25-100 includes 100GB of data for $54.95 a month
  • NF25-500 includes 500GB of data for $59.95 a month
  • NF25-UL includes unlimited data for $69.95 a month

50Mbps plans

  • NF50-100 includes 100GB of data for $64.95 a month
  • NF50-500 includes 500GB of data for $69.95 a month
  • NF50-UL includes unlimited data for $79.95 a month

100Mbps plans

  • NF100-100 includes 100GB of data for $69.95 a month
  • NF100-500 includes 500GB of data for $79.95 a month
  • NF100-UL includes unlimited data for $89.95 a month

Ant Communications also charges a one-off setup fee of $60 on month-to-month contract in addition to the monthly bill. You won't have to pay this fee if you sign up for 24-months, but bear in mind you will have to pay an early termination fee of $150 if you choose to cancel your 24-month service before the two years is up.

On any of Ant Communications capped broadband plans, exceeding your monthly download limit will not result in excess data charges. Instead, Ant Communications "shapes" your Internet connection if you use more than your monthly quota, slowing your Internet speed down to 256kbps (or 128kbps if you're on a satellite connection) for the rest of your current billing cycle.

For more information on the extras Ant Communications offers with its broadband plans, click here.

Ant Communications fixed wireless NBN plans

For Aussies living just beyond the reach of the fixed-line fibre regions of the NBN, Ant Communications provides fixed wireless plans for the delivery of high-speed broadband Internet. Further, where most Internet providers only offer 12Mbps and 25Mbps speeds on fixed wireless, Ant Communications also supports 50Mbps connections allowing for performance closer to that of a traditional wired connection.

The three tiers of Ant Communications' fixed wireless plans are as follows:

12Mbps plans

  • NW12-100 includes 100GB of data for $49.95 a month
  • NW12-500 includes 500GB of data for $54.95 a month
  • NW12-UL includes unlimited data for $59.95 a month

25Mbps plans

  • NW25-100 includes 100GB of data for $54.95 a month
  • NW25-500 includes 500GB of data for $59.95 a month
  • NW25-UL includes unlimited data for $69.95 a month

50Mbps plans

  • NW50-100 includes 100GB of data for $64.95 a month
  • NW50-500 includes 500GB of data for $69.95 a month
  • NW50-UL includes unlimited data for $79.95 a month

Signing up to one of Ant Communications' fixed wireless plans on a month-to-month or 6-month prepaid contract will also incur a one-off setup charge of $60. Alternatively, setup is free on 24-month contracts. It's important to be aware that if you cancel a 24-month contract before the two year term is up, you'll be slugged with a $150 early termination fee.

Ant Communications doesn't charge excess usage fees on its fixed wireless plans. Should you go over your monthly limit, your Internet speed will simply slow to 256kbps for the rest of the billing cycle.

For more information on the extras Ant Communications offers with its broadband plans, click here.

Ant Communications satellite NBN plans

If neither fixed-line or fixed wireless services reach your slice of rural Australia, a satellite NBN connection is likely your only option. Fortunately, Ant Communications has plenty to offer here, with plans starting at a light 10GB of peak-time data for $32.95 a month and going all the way up to 130GB of peak-time data for $199.95 a month.

Like most satellite providers, Ant Communications splits its plans' data caps into on-peak and off-peak allotments, with peak time lasting from 7:00am to 1:00am. On the standard 12Mbps connection, here's what Ant Communications has to offer:

  • LTS 12 - 10 includes 10GB on-peak/100GB off-peak for $32.95 a month
  • LTS 12 - 15 includes 15GB on-peak/100GB off-peak for $34.95 a month
  • LTS 12 - 25 includes 25GB on-peak/100GB off-peak for $36.95 a month
  • LTS 12 - 30 includes 30GB on-peak/100GB off-peak for $39.95 a month
  • LTS 12 - 45 includes 45GB on-peak/100GB off-peak for $44.95 a month
  • LTS 12 - 60 includes 60GB on-peak/150GB off-peak for $54.95 a month
  • LTS 12 - 70 includes 70GB on-peak/150GB off-peak for $69.95 a month
  • LTS 12 - 100 includes 100GB on-peak/150GB off-peak for $94.95 a month
  • LTS 12 - 130 includes 130GB on-peak/150GB off-peak for $199.95 a month

For a faster connection, upgrading any of the above plans to 25Mbps will set you back an extra $5 a month.

Regardless of your chosen contract term, Ant Communications charges no setup fees on its satellite plans. You won't have to worry about excess usage charges either, as going over your monthly data limit simply causes your Internet speed to slow to 128kbps for the rest of the current billing cycle. Be careful of going over your monthly allowance by more than 10% as your speed will drop even further to 64kbps.

For more information on the extras Ant Communications offers with its broadband plans, click here.

Ant Communications ADSL plans

With the copper network approaching its final days of operation in Australia, Ant Communications is one of an increasingly small number of Internet providers still offering ADSL plans. These plans are as simple as they come, with just two options to choose from:

  • ADSL100 includes 100GB of data for $49.95 a month
  • ADSLUL includes unlimited data for a month

It's important to keep in mind that Ant Communications' ADSL plans don't include line rental. That means you'll need to either sign up for Ant Communications' landline phone service on top of your ADSL plan, or purchase line rental separately from another Internet provider.

Setup costs are significantly higher for Ant Communications' ADSL plans than its NBN plans, with a one-off charge of $150 on month-to-month contracts. Once again, there's no setup fee on 24-month contracts. It's important to remember that cancelling a 24-month contract before the two years has elapsed means paying out an early termination fee – in this case, $150.

If you opt for the smaller 100GB plan and blow through all your data before the month is up you'll be spared from any excess usage charges, but your Internet speed will drop to 256kbps for the rest of the billing cycle.

For more information on the extras Ant Communications offers with its broadband plans, click here.

Ant Communications extras

Should you need an NBN-ready router along with your broadband plan, Ant Communications will bundle one in for free on all 24-month contracts. Alternatively, on a month-to-month contract, Ant Communications will sell you the same router at a price of $129. Currently, the included router is a Netcomm NF10WV model, with 300Mbps Wi-Fi, four LAN ports and support for VoIP phone services.

Ant Communications also offers phone services alongside its broadband plans. Both a traditional landline service and a VoIP Internet phone service are available, both with basic pay-as-you-go plans and unlimited plans up for purchase.

Home phone plans

Home Plan Brilliant (Casual)Home Plan Brilliant (Contract)Home Plan NationalHome Plan Super
Minimum term1 month24 months24 months24 months
Cost per month$29.95$29.95$85.95$99.95
Local calls25c/call20c/callUnlimitedUnlimited
National calls25c/min20c/minUnlimitedUnlimited
Mobile calls39c/min35c/min$40 creditUnlimited
Flagfall40c40c40c40c

Connecting a landline service through Ant Communications also involves a few additional one-off charges. A basic set-up where no technician is required will cost you $59, while installation by a technician could set you back as much as $175. If you need a whole new phone line installed, the cost rises to $299.

Though its contract phone plans operate on a 24-month term, you won't have to pay any early termination charges if you cancel your service before the two years is up. However, you will have to pay a temporary connection charge if you cancel within the first three months, and this counts for both Ant Communications' contract and casual plans.

VoIP phone plans

Home PlanSaver PlanMobile Saver Plan
Minimum term1 month1 month1 month
Cost per month$9.95$19.95$29.95
Local callsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
National callsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Mobile calls26c/min20c/minUnlimited

Each of Ant Communications' three VoIP plans can be further upgraded with an International Addon pack. For $10 extra a month, this pack gets you unlimited calls to landlines in Canada, China, France, India, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Africa, Spain, the UK, the USA and Vietnam.

VoIP setup costs differ depending on whether you already own a compatible wireless router. If you do, you'll only have to pay a one-off connection fee of $25. Otherwise, Ant Communications will provide you with a suitable wireless router for $129, which covers the cost of the device, postage and the connection fee.

How does Ant Communications compare?

With so many different services on offer, Ant Communications faces plenty of competition in the Australian broadband market. Here's how it fares across each category of home broadband connection.


How do Ant Communications' fixed-line NBN plans compare?

Ant Communications sells itself on its regional focus, and as such its metropolitan fixed-line NBN plans take more of a backseat. Compared to the likes of Spintel, Exetel, Teleron and other fixed-line-focused Internet providers, Ant Communications' offerings tend to struggle in offering the same value for your money.

For instance, its 100GB plan doesn't fare particularly well against Exetel's similar 100GB plan, which clocks in at $10 less a month. Meanwhile, Teleron's Regular Bronze 200 plan comes with double the data of Ant Communications' offering plus a VoIP phone service bundled in at no extra cost and still ends up $5 cheaper a month.


The situation isn't much different at the 500GB level. Here, Ant Communications is once again bested by Exetel's Basic 500GB plan, though only by $5 a month. Spintel and Teleron's offerings are more compelling alternatives, as they both include a pay-as-you-go phone service while still sitting weighing in $5 cheaper a month than Ant Communications' plan.


This trend holds true with Ant Communications' unlimited plan. Exetel, Buzz Telco and Flip TV all offer straight-up cheaper options, while Spintel combines a cheaper monthly cost with the inclusion of a pay-as-you-go VoIP phone service.


Though the above comparisons are all based on 12Mbps plans, the conclusions can be easily translated to higher speed tiers, too. Consider the table below for a rundown of what relevant providers charge for speed upgrades on their unlimited fixed-line NBN plans.

Ant CommunicationsSpintelTeleronExetelFlip TVInfinity TelcoBuzz Telco
25Mbps$10 extraN/A$10 extraN/A$10 extra$5 extra$10 extra
50Mbps$20 extra$10 extra$20 extra$5 extra$30 extra$10 extra$15 extra
100Mbps$30 extra$25 extra$30 extra$35 extraN/A$20 extra$20 extra

How do Ant Communications' fixed wireless plans compare?

Despite its emphasis on providing regional and rural Internet services, Ant Communications doesn't blow the competition away with its fixed wireless plans. While its plans are far from the worst around, there are plenty of alternatives you'll want to consider first.

At the 100GB level, for example, IPSTAR and Activ8me offer standalone fixed wireless plans $10 cheaper per month than Ant Communications. Meanwhile, Spintel and Teleron bundle in a pay-as-you-go phone service with their plans yet still maintain a $5-a-month price advantage over Ant's offering.


Upgrading to an unlimited data cap doesn't do much to improve Ant Communications' standing. Flip TV, Spintel and Hello Broadband all offer cheaper plans, with the latter two packing in a VoIP phone service to boot. Even after factoring in the setup costs, Ant Communications lags a ways behind the competition.


The one area where Ant Communications' fixed wireless plans find success is speed. Few providers currently offer fixed wireless connections at 50Mbps, making Ant Communications one of your only options for high-speed wireless broadband. Even then, though, Spintel beats it out by a full $15 a month, not to mention the bundled in VoIP phone service.

How do Ant Communications' satellite NBN plans compare?

Satellite Internet is where Ant Communications hangs its hat. Unsurprisingly, it stacks up quite favourably against the competition here, delivering solid value at all but the highest monthly data caps.

Note: The plans compared below all use 12Mbps connections. Like most satellite providers, Ant Communications charges $5 extra to upgrade to 25Mbps, so the comparisons hold true at both speed tiers.

Starting with basic low-usage satellite plans, Ant Communications' 10GB on-peak/100GB off-peak offering is among the cheapest on the market. Both SkyMesh and Clear Broadband charge $2 more a month for their 10GB on-peak plans, and each comes with half or less off-peak data to boot. Only Reachnet serves up a compelling alternative with its 20GB on-peak/30GB off-peak plan offering more peak-time value than any of Ant Communications' low-usage plans.


Ant Communications continues to deliver at higher data tiers, too. Its 60GB on-peak/150GB off-peak plan gets you more GBs than any similarly-priced plan from SkyMesh, Southern Phone or Clear Broadband. However, if you're not much of a night owl you can save yourself $5 a month by going with Activ8me's 60GB on-peak/90GB off-peak plan instead.