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NBN alternatives

If you can’t get access to the NBN or are just sick of slow speeds, consider these NBN alternatives.

While the NBN rollout may be complete across Australia, there are still a fair few people left unhappy with their connection. Fortunately, there are other choices if you don't think your NBN connection is doing the job.

What's the best NBN alternative?

The two easiest alternatives to a fixed-line NBN connection are home wireless and mobile broadband. Both of them use a modem to deliver an Internet connection via the same mobile networks a mobile phone uses.

Since they both use the same mobile network, there really isn't one alternative that's better than the other. Consider it this way:

  • If you're looking for an alternative to the NBN to use at home, home wireless offers a more stable connection and better-priced plans
  • If you're looking for an alternative to the NBN to use while you're moving around or out of the house, mobile broadband is a lot more portable
telstra smart modem

Home wireless

  • Connects via 4G or 5G mobile networks depending on the plan
  • High data caps available (up to 500GB+)
  • Plans start at around $70 and up
  • Larger modem offers stable connection in the home
telstra mobile broadband modem

Mobile broadband

  • Connects via 4G or 5G mobile networks depending on the plan
  • Low to medium data caps available (generally up to 200GB)
  • Variable plan prices, not as competitively priced as home wireless
  • Portable, small modem for easy use on the go

If you're looking for the best value, we'd recommend going for home wireless over mobile broadband as a home Internet connection. Not only do you get more data with home wireless, but the plans are also priced much more competitively.

  • Telstra's Large Upfront mobile broadband plan costs $75 a month for 200GB with access to 3G/4G/5G networks
  • Optus's Home Internet Everyday home wireless plan also costs $75 a month but has unlimited data with guaranteed speeds of at least 50Mbps

Compare plans for NBN alternatives

You'll find home wireless and mobile broadband plans in the tabs below.

Name Product Data allowance Typical download speed Price Hid Compare Box!
TPG 4G Home Wireless
Home wireless
Vodafone network
Month-to-month
OFFER: $44.99/mth for the first 6 months, then $54.99/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply
  • Month-to-month
  • $0 modem if you stay connected for 24 months. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
16Mbps
Speed
16Mbps
$44.99
per month
Min total cost is $44.99 for first month
Price
$44.99 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $44.99 for first month
iiNet Home Wireless Broadband
Home wireless
Vodafone network
Month-to-month
OFFER: $49.99/mth for the first 6 months, then $59.99/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Month-to-month
  • $0 modem if you stay connected for 24 months. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
15Mbps
Speed
15Mbps
$49.99
per month
Min total cost is $49.99 for first month
Price
$49.99 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $49.99 for first month
TPG 5G Home Broadband Plus
Home wireless
Vodafone network
Month-to-month
OFFER: $49.99/mth for the first 6 months, then $59.99/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Month-to-month
  • $0 modem if you stay connected for 36 months. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
50Mbps
Speed
50Mbps
$49.99
per month
Min total cost is $49.99 for first month
Price
$49.99 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $49.99 for first month
iiNet 5G Home Broadband Plus
Home wireless
Vodafone network
Month-to-month
OFFER: $49.99/mth for the first 6 months, then $59.99/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Month-to-month
  • $0 modem if you stay connected for 36 months. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
50Mbps
Speed
50Mbps
$49.99
per month
Min total cost is $49.99 for first month
Price
$49.99 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $49.99 for first month
Vodafone 4G Home Internet
Home wireless
Vodafone network
Month-to-month
OFFER: $50/mth for the first 6 months, then $60/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or $0 modem if you stay connected for 24 months. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
16Mbps
Speed
16Mbps
$50
per month
Min total cost is $50 for first month
Price
$50 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $50 for first month
TPG 5G Home Broadband Premium
Home wireless
Vodafone network
Month-to-month
OFFER: $54.99/mth for the first 6 months, then $64.99/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply
  • Month-to-month
  • $0 modem if you stay connected for 36 months. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
100Mbps
Speed
100Mbps
$54.99
per month
Min total cost is $54.99 for first month
Price
$54.99 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $54.99 for first month
Vodafone 5G Home Internet Plus
Home wireless
Vodafone network
Month-to-month
OFFER: $55/mth for the first 6 months, then $65/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Month-to-month
  • $0 modem if you stay connected for 36 months. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
50Mbps
Speed
50Mbps
$55
per month
Min total cost is $55 for first month
Price
$55 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $55 for first month
iiNet 5G Home Broadband Premium
Home wireless
Vodafone network
Month-to-month
OFFER: $59.99/mth for the first 6 months, then $69.99/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Month-to-month
  • $0 modem if you stay connected for 36 months. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
100Mbps
Speed
100Mbps
$59.99
per month
Min total cost is $59.99 for first month
Price
$59.99 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $59.99 for first month
Vodafone 5G Home Internet Premium
Home wireless
Vodafone network
Month-to-month
OFFER: $60/mth for the first 6 months, then $70/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Month-to-month
  • $0 modem if you stay connected for 36 months. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
100Mbps
Speed
100Mbps
$60
per month
Min total cost is $60 for first month
Price
$60 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $60 for first month
Kogan 4G Home Internet
Home wireless
Vodafone network
90 Days contract
  • 90 Days expiry
  • Modem included
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
16Mbps
Speed
16Mbps
$149.70
per 90 days
Min total cost is $149.70 over 90 days
Price
$149.70 per 90 days
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $149.70 over 90 days
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Name Product Data allowance Typical download speed Price Hid Compare Box!
Vodafone SIM Only Modem Plan Small Data
Mobile broadband
Vodafone network
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem
30GB
Data
30GB
4G
Speed
4G
$20
per month
Min total cost is $20 for first month
Price
$20 per month
Min total cost is $20 for first month
Vodafone 4G Prepaid SIM Starter Pack 35GB
Mobile broadband
Vodafone network
30 Days contract
OFFER: 60GB for the first 6 recharges, then 35GB/recharge. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 10.11.24
  • 30 Days expiry
  • BYO modem
60GB
Data
60GB
4G
Speed
4G
$35
per 30 days
Min total cost is $35 over 30 days
Price
$35 per 30 days
Min total cost is $35 over 30 days
Vodafone SIM Only Modem Plan Large Data
Mobile broadband
Vodafone network
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem
70GB
Data
70GB
4G
Speed
4G
$40
per month
Min total cost is $40 for first month
Price
$40 per month
Min total cost is $40 for first month
Vodafone 4G Prepaid Modem Starter Pack 60GB
Mobile broadband
Vodafone network
30 Days contract
  • 30 Days expiry
  • Modem cost $50
60GB
Data
60GB
4G
Speed
4G
$99
per 30 days
Min total cost is $99 over 30 days
Price
$99 per 30 days
Min total cost is $99 over 30 days
Vodafone 4G Prepaid SIM Starter Pack 85GB
Mobile broadband
Vodafone network
365 Days contract
OFFER: 110GB/recharge instead of 85GB/recharge when you stay connected with the plan. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • 365 Days expiry
  • BYO modem
110GB
Data
110GB
4G
Speed
4G
$160
per 365 days
Min total cost is $160 over 365 days
Price
$160 per 365 days
Min total cost is $160 over 365 days
Vodafone 4G Prepaid SIM Starter Pack 200GB
Mobile broadband
Vodafone network
365 Days contract
OFFER: 250GB/recharge instead of 200GB/recharge when you stay connected with the plan. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • 365 Days expiry
  • BYO modem
250GB
Data
250GB
4G
Speed
4G
$250
per 365 days
Min total cost is $250 over 365 days
Price
$250 per 365 days
Min total cost is $250 over 365 days
Lycamobile Data S
Mobile broadband
Wholesale Telstra network
28 Days contract
  • 28 Days expiry
  • BYO modem
1GB
Data
1GB
4G / 3G
Speed
4G / 3G
$5
per 28 days
Min total cost is $5 over 28 days
Price
$5 per 28 days
Min total cost is $5 over 28 days
Reward Mobile 500MB Data Plan
Mobile broadband
Vodafone network
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO device
500MB
Data
500GB
4G
Speed
4G
$9.90
per month
Min total cost is $9.90 for first month
Price
$9.90 per month
Min total cost is $9.90 for first month
Alphacall 2GB Mobile Broadband
Mobile broadband
Wholesale Telstra network
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem
2GB
Data
2GB
4G / 3G
Speed
4G / 3G
$10
per month
Min total cost is $10 for first month
Price
$10 per month
Min total cost is $10 for first month
Lycamobile Data M
Mobile broadband
Wholesale Telstra network
28 Days contract
  • 28 Days expiry
  • BYO modem
2GB
Data
2GB
4G / 3G
Speed
4G / 3G
$10
per 28 days
Min total cost is $10 over 28 days
Price
$10 per 28 days
Min total cost is $10 over 28 days
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Finder survey: How many Australians are looking for a home wireless plan?

ResponseWAVICSAQLDNSW
Looking for cheaper home internet9.43%3.7%6.67%5.58%7.67%
None of the above2.83%2.22%3.05%3.19%
Can't get any other internet connection1.89%1.48%4.06%1.6%
Not happy with the NBN1.89%2.22%2.03%1.6%
Other0.94%0.37%
Source: Finder survey by Pure Profile of 1006 Australians, December 2023
Data for ACT, NT, TAS not shown due to insufficient sample size. Some other states may also be excluded for this reason.

Other options: Private fibre networks

The NBN is not the only provider of fibre Internet in Australia. There are a number of private companies, such as OptiComm or LBN Co, that own separate fibre networks and sell plans on those either themselves or through various retailers.

  • Unlike the NBN, which is available to the vast majority of Australians, these private fibre networks are limited to specific areas and addresses (often housing estates). Your ability to access them will depend on where you live.

Plans on private fibre networks don't follow the same pricing structure as most NBN plans, so they can vary quite a bit.

Region-specific NBN alternatives

Besides home wireless and mobile broadband plans, which are available to use across the country, there are also NBN alternatives available in specific states.

While the list below doesn't name every fibre network available in your state, we've done our best to collect as much information as possible.

Remember to compare your options in order to find the best plan for your needs.

Victoria (Melbourne) NBN alternatives

  • Lightning Broadband. Residential fibre speeds up to 500Mbps. The cheapest plan is $75 a month for a download speed of 25Mbps.
  • OptiComm. Residential fibre speeds up to 1Gbps. The cheapest plan depends upon your chosen service provider.
  • Spirit Broadband. Residential fibre speeds up to 400Mbps. The cheapest plan is $55 a month for a download/upload speed of 50Mbps.
  • Uniti Wireless. Residential fixed wireless speeds up to 100Mbps. The cheapest plan is $69.95 a month plus a $99 set-up fee (no contract) for a download speed of 25Mbps.

South Australia (Adelaide) NBN alternatives

  • Kern Wi-Fi. Residential fixed wireless speeds up to 25Mbps. The cheapest plan is $40 a month plus a $298 set-up fee (no contract) for a download speed of 12Mbps and a 20GB data cap.
  • OptiComm. Residential fibre speeds up to 1Gbps. The cheapest plan depends upon your chosen service provider.
  • Uniti Wireless. Residential fixed wireless speeds up to 100Mbps. The cheapest plan is $69.95 a month plus a $99 set-up fee (no contract) for a download speed of 25Mbps.

Queensland (Brisbane) NBN alternatives

  • Open Cloud Broadband. Residential fibre speeds up to 1Gbps. The cheapest plan is $49 a month plus a $260 set-up fee (no contract) for a download/upload speed of 50Mbps.
  • OptiComm. Residential fibre speeds up to 1Gbps. The cheapest plan depends upon your chosen service provider.

  • Spirit Broadband. Residential fibre speeds up to 400Mbps. The cheapest plan is $55 a month for a download/upload speed of 50Mbps.

New South Wales (Sydney) NBN alternatives

  • OptiComm. Residential fibre speeds up to 1Gbps. The cheapest plan depends upon your chosen service provider.
  • Spirit Broadband. Residential fibre speeds up to 400Mbps. The cheapest plan is $55 a month for a download/upload speed of 50Mbps.

Western Australia (Perth) NBN alternatives

  • OptiComm. Residential fibre speeds up to 1Gbps. The cheapest plan depends upon your chosen service provider.
  • Pentanet. Residential fixed wireless speeds up to 120Mbps. The cheapest plan is $59 a month plus a $299 set-up fee (no contract) for a download speed of 30Mbps and a 100GB data cap.

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