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No matter what your Internet connection is, IPSTAR has you covered with fixed wireless, NBN, and satellite Sky Muster plans.

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IPSTAR is a broadband provider that focuses on servicing rural and regional Australians. The company has been partnered with the NBN since 2012. Depending on where you live, you can sign up to a satellite, fixed wireless or fixed-line NBN plan with IPSTAR.

Top features:

  • Get NBN and satellite plans either monthly or on a contract
  • Access Australia-based customer support
  • 30-day trial on contract plans

Compare IPSTAR NBN plans

For those who can access a fixed-line connection, IPSTAR has NBN plans that cover all the NBN speed tiers. You can access these plans on a month-to-month or 12 or 24-month contract.

IPSTAR review: What we think

IPSTAR Internet plans share the following features:

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$60 or more per month

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Technology type available

NBN, satellite

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All NBN speeds available

Basic I, Basic II, Standard, Fast

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Optional extras

Home phone on satellite plans

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Phone: 8am-8pm Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday

IPSTAR launched its first satellite in 2005, then partnered with the NBN in 2012 to provide a positive broadband experience for Australians in the outback. It offers satellite, fixed wireless and NBN services.

IPSTAR's fixed-line plans are priced well, especially the NBN25 and NBN50 plans, which are $5 and $10 cheaper than the Finder average for their tier, respectively. However, since IPSTAR doesn't publish its typical evening speeds, there's no way to tell how reliable your connection will be during busy periods.

IPSTAR satellite services compare well to other satellite providers. Its plans offer similar data splits to those sold by Reachnet, costing about $5 or $10 less at lower data points and the same or more at higher data points.

As always, be cautious when buying SkyMuster Plus plans with high data allowances. Unless you're planning to do extensive video streaming, you won't use up much data at all, and a 300GB allowance will benefit you no more than a 50GB would allowance for less.

IPSTAR extra features

  • Australia-based customer support. IPSTAR's customer support team operates out of Australia.
  • 30-day trial. If you've signed up to a 12 or 24-month contract and decide you aren't happy within the first 30 days, you can cancel your service without paying an early termination fee.
  • Home phone. If you have a satellite NBN connection, add pay-as-you-go phone calls for $30 extra per month, unlimited local and national calls for $40 extra, or unlimited local, national and Australian mobile calls for $60 extra.

Is IPSTAR right for you?


  • Some cheaper plans. The NBN25 and NBN50 fixed-line plans from IPSTAR cost less than many others.


  • No published speeds. IPSTAR doesn't share its typical evening speeds, so it's hard to say how your connection will perform during busy periods.
  • Activation fees. If you don't sign a contract, you'll be charged $99 for a fixed-line connection.

Summary: IPSTAR sells competitively-priced satellite plans, but it doesn't publish its fixed-line connection speeds. This makes it hard to know how well that connection will function during busy periods.

Compare IPSTAR satellite plans

If you don't have access to a fixed-line connection, you can pick up a satellite or SkyMuster Plus plan from IPSTAR to suit the amount of data you need.

IPSTAR Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a new modem to sign up to IPSTAR?

If you haven't been connected to the NBN before, you will probably need a new modem to get your connection working. You can bring your own to any of IPSTAR's plans, or purchase one from IPSTAR starting at $70 which includes $10 shipping.

Can I cancel my IPSTAR NBN plan?

As long as you aren't on a contract, you can cancel your plan at any time without a problem, though you will have to pay a $5 termination fee. On a 12-month contract, you'll have to pay a $165 early termination fee, and on a 24-month contract, you'll have to pay $275.

Do IPSTAR's Internet plans include calls?

You can't get a phone line with IPSTAR's fixed line or fixed wireless plans. If you're on satellite, you can get one of three home phone plans:

  • PAYG calls for $30 extra per month
  • Unlimited local and national calls for $40 extra per month
  • Unlimited local, national and Australian mobile calls for $60 extra per month

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    DeanOctober 19, 2017

    hi, I had satellite NBN with someone else but went back to mobile broadband because of cost issues but your 300gb plan looks goo. I still have all the satellite gear here , can it be reused? not that it matters much as its free install anyway, but would make things easy..

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      GruOctober 20, 2017

      Hello Dean,

      Thank you for contacting finder, a comparison website and general information service.
      While we do not represent IPSTAR or any of the companies featured on our pages, we can provide you with general advice and guide you in making an informed decision.

      For you question, the satellite gear may still be reused but it would still depend on IPSTAR if you would be better of with new gear.
      It may in fact make the installation simpler if you go with new gear. If you want to gain more clarification on this and if you would really want to use your existing satellite gear, you may contact IPSTAR directly.

      Hope this helped.


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