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NBN satellite plans

NBN’s Sky Muster plans offer regional and remote users a more stable connection via satellite internet. Prices start at $35 a month.

Name Product Data Allowance Typical download speed Price Hid Compare Box!
Activ8me NBN Sky Muster Satellite 155GB 1 Month
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $84.95
155GB
Off peak 135GB, Peak 20GB
Data
155GB
Off peak 135GB, Peak 20GB
nbn™12
Typical download speed not provided
Speed
nbn™12
Typical download speed not provided
$34.95
per month
Min total cost is $34.95 for first month
Price
$34.95 per month
Min total cost is $34.95 for first month
Activ8me NBN Sky Muster Satellite 155GB 6 Months
NBN
6 Month contract
  • 6 Month contract
  • BYO modem or purchase for $59.95
155GB
Off peak 135GB, Peak 20GB
Data
155GB
Off peak 135GB, Peak 20GB
nbn™12
Typical download speed not provided
Speed
nbn™12
Typical download speed not provided
$34.95
per month
Min total cost is $209.70 over 6 months
Price
$34.95 per month
Min total cost is $209.70 over 6 months
SkyMesh NBN12 60GB
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $0 for the first month. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO or purchase for $199.99
60GB
Off peak 40GB, Anytime data 20GB
Data
60GB
Off peak 40GB, Anytime data 20GB
nbn™12
Typical download speed not provided
Speed
nbn™12
Typical download speed not provided
$34.95
per month
Min total cost is $0 for first month
Price
$34.95 per month
Min total cost is $0 for first month
Activ8me NBN Sky Muster Satellite Sonic 155GB 1 Month
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $84.95
155GB
Off peak 135GB, Peak 20GB
Data
155GB
Off peak 135GB, Peak 20GB
nbn™25
Typical download speed not provided
Speed
nbn™25
Typical download speed not provided
$39.95
per month
Min total cost is $39.95 for first month
Price
$39.95 per month
Min total cost is $39.95 for first month
Activ8me NBN Sky Muster Satellite 180GB 6 Months
NBN
6 Month contract
  • 6 Month contract
  • BYO modem or purchase for $59.95
180GB
Off peak 130GB, Peak 50GB
Data
180GB
Off peak 130GB, Peak 50GB
nbn™12
Typical download speed not provided
Speed
nbn™12
Typical download speed not provided
$39.95
per month
Min total cost is $239.70 over 6 months
Price
$39.95 per month
Min total cost is $239.70 over 6 months
Activ8me NBN Sky Muster Satellite 180GB 1 Month
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $84.95
180GB
Off peak 130GB, Peak 50GB
Data
180GB
Off peak 130GB, Peak 50GB
nbn™12
Typical download speed not provided
Speed
nbn™12
Typical download speed not provided
$39.95
per month
Min total cost is $39.95 for first month
Price
$39.95 per month
Min total cost is $39.95 for first month
Activ8me NBN Sky Muster Satellite Sonic 155GB 6 Months
NBN
6 Month contract
  • 6 Month contract
  • BYO modem or purchase for $59.95
155GB
Off peak 135GB, Peak 20GB
Data
155GB
Off peak 135GB, Peak 20GB
nbn™25
Typical download speed not provided
Speed
nbn™25
Typical download speed not provided
$39.95
per month
Min total cost is $239.70 over 6 months
Price
$39.95 per month
Min total cost is $239.70 over 6 months
Activ8me NBN Sky Muster Satellite Sonic 180GB 1 Month
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $84.95
180GB
Off peak 130GB, Peak 50GB
Data
180GB
Off peak 130GB, Peak 50GB
nbn™25
Typical download speed not provided
Speed
nbn™25
Typical download speed not provided
$44.95
per month
Min total cost is $44.95 for first month
Price
$44.95 per month
Min total cost is $44.95 for first month
Activ8me NBN Sky Muster Satellite Sonic 180GB 6 Months
NBN
6 Month contract
  • 6 Month contract
  • BYO modem or purchase for $59.95
180GB
Off peak 130GB, Peak 50GB
Data
180GB
Off peak 130GB, Peak 50GB
nbn™25
Typical download speed not provided
Speed
nbn™25
Typical download speed not provided
$44.95
per month
Min total cost is $269.70 over 6 months
Price
$44.95 per month
Min total cost is $269.70 over 6 months
Activ8me NBN Sky Muster Satellite 300GB 1 Month
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $84.95
300GB
Off peak 225GB, Peak 75GB
Data
300GB
Off peak 225GB, Peak 75GB
nbn™12
Typical download speed not provided
Speed
nbn™12
Typical download speed not provided
$49.95
per month
Min total cost is $49.95 for first month
Price
$49.95 per month
Min total cost is $49.95 for first month
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Can you get unlimited data with satellite internet in Australia?

Households in rural and regional Australia can finally access unlimited data by signing up to an NBN Sky Muster Premium plan.

This means managing data allowances for specific activities will be a thing of the past and download speed caps won't apply to streaming video during peak times.

Signing up to the plan will also give access to faster bursts of speed (up to 100Mbps) if network capacity allows.

You'll find satellite plans with unlimited/unmetered data below.

1 - 4 of 8
Name Product Data Allowance Typical download speed Price Hid Compare Box!
Activ8me NBN Sky Muster Plus Premium25 Unlimited
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $84.95
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
16Mbps
nbn™25
Speed
16Mbps
nbn™25
$59
per month
Min total cost is $59 for first month
Price
$59 per month
Min total cost is $59 for first month
Activ8me NBN Sky Muster Plus Premium50 Unlimited
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $84.95
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
31Mbps
nbn™50
Speed
31Mbps
nbn™50
$74
per month
Min total cost is $74 for first month
Price
$74 per month
Min total cost is $74 for first month
Activ8me NBN Sky Muster Plus Premium100 Unlimited
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $84.95
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
48Mbps
nbn™100
Speed
48Mbps
nbn™100
$99
per month
Min total cost is $99 for first month
Price
$99 per month
Min total cost is $99 for first month
Southern Phone NBN Sky Muster Plus Small
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $156
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
16Mbps
nbn™25
Speed
16Mbps
nbn™25
$55
per month
Min total cost is $55 for first month
Price
$55 per month
Min total cost is $55 for first month
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If you're after more, you could consider Starlink. Its standard plans offer unlimited data and between 100Mbps to 200Mbps speeds. The downside is that upfront costs for hardware and shipping can set you back almost $1,000.

What satellite NBN speeds can you get?

While fixed-line connections offer 6 NBN speed tiers, satellite NBN can only access 3:

  • NBN 12 - 12Mbps maximum download speed, 1Mbps maximum upload speed
  • NBN 25 - 25Mbps maximum download speed, 5Mbps maximum upload speed
  • NBN 100 - 100Mbps maximum download speed, 5Mbps maximum upload speed

The type of speeds you'll end up getting will depend on your provider and network congestion during peak hours.

For example, the new Sky Muster Plus Premium plan can get you speed bursts of up to 100Mbps but that's not guaranteed - it depends when the network has capacity.

Unlike fixed-line NBN plans where providers offer typical evening speeds that take congestion into account, satellite plans don't offer the same oversight.

Satellite plans are more prone to congestion and providers can't reliably advertise an accurate estimate.

Is satellite internet faster than the NBN?

NBN satellite is comparable to the NBN's fixed-line technologies - so NBN 12 to NBN 100 meaning you can get a maximum of 100Mbps speeds.

In comparison, Starlink users in Australia experienced median download speeds of 106.43Mbps, according to Ookla's Q3 and Q4 report for 2022. You can get upload speeds of up to 25Mbps.

Which providers offer satellite internet plans in Australia?

There are 9 internet providers that offer NBN satellite plans in Australia:

What is Sky Muster NBN?

Sky Muster NBN is the entry level option to access satellite internet. All of your online activities will be counted towards your data cap.

You'll be able to sign up to 1 of 2 NBN speed tiers: NBN 12 (NBN Basic I) which offers up to 12Mbps download 1Mbps upload speed, or NBN 25 (NBN Basic II) offers up to 25Mbps download and 1Mbps upload speeds.

It's best suited to budget-conscious households with prices starting at $35 a month. Or, if you want a bigger data allowance for streaming specifically.

What is Sky Muster Plus NBN?

Sky Muster Plus NBN is a step up as it allows you to access unmetered data for a bunch of online activities excluding streaming and VPN traffic during midnight to 4pm.

You also get access to faster NBN speeds - up to 50Mbps download and 5Mbps upload speeds. It's a bit more expensive, but the additional costs can be justified if you want data-free access on your internet plan.

The main caveat is that you may be subjected to NBN speed shaping where your speeds are slowed down when you exceed the data allocation on your plan.

What is Sky Muster Plus Premium?

The Sky Muster Plus Premium plan is a new addition to the mix. It was introduced in June 2023 to bring faster internet speeds and uncapped data to households in regional and rural Australia.

Prices are roughly around the $100 per month mark and will suit people looking for better speeds for various online activities. You can get speed bursts of up to 100Mbps when the network has capacity.

Keep in mind that this means you'll temporarily receive faster speeds - you don't be getting 100Mbps at all times of the day.

How much does it cost to install NBN satellite?

In most cases, standard NBN satellite installations are free, with no setup or activation fees. Both the satellite dish and modem are provided free of charge from NBN Co.

Your upfront costs when you first sign up will include the first month fee of your satellite internet plan and payment for a Wi-Fi router if you can't BYO.

The router is required if you need multiple devices connected to the internet. The exception is if you just want satellite internet for your computer, in which case you can easily plug in the ethernet cable directly and skip buying the router.

  • Good to know: A modem is what connects your home to your internet service provider while a router helps all your wired and wireless devices get connected to the internet and communicate with each other.

Is NBN satellite any good?

In terms of the NBN technologies available, NBN satellite plans sit at the bottom tier. However, those living in regional, rural or remote areas of Australia may have it as the only option to connect to the internet.

Pros

  • It reaches parts of Australia where other internet connections aren't available
  • Offers a more stable internet connection compared to mobile broadband

Cons

  • Speeds are slower and cap out at 100Mbps on a good day if you're signed up to a fast plan
  • There's only 9 providers to choose from which means prices are less competitive than fixed-line NBN
  • Costs can get expensive if you need better speed or data allowances during peaks hours

Expert tip: The latest introduction of the Sky Muster Plus Premium plan is a step closer to bridging the digital divide between metro and regional or rural areas. It also means NBN satellite plans are now giving Starlink a proper fight in terms of upfront costs.

Mariam Gabaji

Mariam Gabaji
Utilities editor

Is there an alternative to satellite NBN in Australia?

You can sign up to Elon Musk's Starlink service if you're looking for an alternative to satellite NBN.

It offers unlimited data and speeds that average around the 106Mbps mark. The main caveat is that upfront costs can set you back around $1,000 unless there's a deal running that'll cut the cost of its hardware.

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