Uniti Wireless broadband plans compared November 2018

Uniti Wireless offers an alternative fixed wireless network to the NBN for residents in Melbourne and Adelaide.


Uniti Wireless

Where most broadband providers have their sights fixed firmly on the NBN, Uniti Wireless takes a different approach. Instead of relying on nbnco's infrastructure, Uniti Wireless has built its own fixed wireless network across select regions of Australia for the delivery of high-speed Internet.

Uniti Wireless pitches itself as the "NBN-alternative" for those disenfranchised with the state of the National Broadband Network. It offers a similar service to the NBN – albeit only via fixed wireless connections rather than physical fibre – at rates roughly comparable with its NBN competitors. However, the big caveat is availability: currently, Uniti Wireless only serves customers in Melbourne and Adelaide.

Uniti Wireless fixed wireless plans

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Uniti Wireless offers three tiers of fixed wireless service available on your choice of month-to-month, 12-month, 24-month or 36-month contracts. These tiers follow a similar structure to most NBN services, with the lowest offering speeds of up to 25Mbps down and 5Mbps up (similar to a Standard NBN connection), the mid-tier option including speeds up to 50Mbps down and 20Mbps up (similar to a Standard Plus NBN connection) and the top tier supporting speeds up to 100Mbps down and 40Mbps up (a la the Premium NBN connection).

The big difference between Uniti Wireless and the NBN here is that since Uniti's plans use fixed wireless technology, they are more susceptible to interference and instability than a wired technology like fibre to the node (FTTN). In practice, factors like bad weather and the distance between your house and the nearest fixed wireless transmitter are likely to lead to slower speeds than many wired NBN connections.

How does Uniti Wireless compare?

It's tricky to compare Uniti Wireless with other broadband providers as its limited coverage and wireless-only nature make it viable only for a very specific audience: namely, people living in metropolitan Melbourne or Adelaide who explicitly want a fixed wireless service rather than a fibre connection. Assuming you fall into this category, here's how Uniti Wireless stacks up against competing providers offering fixed wireless plans over the NBN:

Note: We've used Uniti Wireless' 12-month plans for comparison as the steep activation cost of its month-to-month plans makes committing to a full year the more accessible option. Bear in mind that you can save an additional $10 a month on plan fees if you're happy to commit to three years with Uniti Wireless instead of just a single year.



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Why should you consider Uniti Wireless?

Uniti Wireless offers a very specific service for a very specific type of customer. First of all, it's only available in limited parts of Melbourne and Adelaide, so folks in other areas of the country will have to look elsewhere. Second, it's a service aimed at those who for one reason or another don't want to deal with the NBN and are happy with a fixed wireless connection rather than a wired one.

As narrow as this demographic is, if you happen to occupy it, Uniti Wireless has a lot to offer. Not only are its plans competitively priced with equivalent NBN plans, they support 100Mbps connections – something fixed wireless NBN plans do not. Uniti Wireless also offers plenty of incentive to sign up for the long term, reducing its monthly fees by as much as $20 per month if you're willing to commit to a 36-month contract.


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