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Fixed wireless NBN plans

If you live in rural or regional Australia, fixed wireless NBN can be one of the best ways to access faster internet.

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Name Product Data Allowance Typical download speed Price Hid Compare Box!
Activ8me NBN Fixed Wireless Broadband Plus 100GB 6 Months
NBN
6 Month contract
  • 6 Month contract
  • BYO modem or purchase for $59.95
100GB
Data
100GB
nbn™50
Typical download speed not provided
Speed
nbn™50
Typical download speed not provided
$59.95
per month
Min total cost is $359.70 over 6 months
Price
$59.95 per month
Min total cost is $359.70 over 6 months
Activ8me NBN Fixed Wireless Broadband Plus 100GB 1 Month
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $84.95
100GB
Data
100GB
nbn™50
Typical download speed not provided
Speed
nbn™50
Typical download speed not provided
$59.95
per month
Min total cost is $59.95 for first month
Price
$59.95 per month
Min total cost is $59.95 for first month
Skymesh Fixed Wireless 100
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $0 for the first month. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $179.99
100GB
Data
100GB
nbn™25
Typical download speed not provided
Speed
nbn™25
Typical download speed not provided
$59.95
per month
Min total cost is $59.95 for first month
Price
$59.95 per month
Min total cost is $59.95 for first month
iiNet Fixed Wireless 500GB 1 Month
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $99.95
500GB
Data
500GB
9.3Mbps
nbn™12
Speed
9.3Mbps
nbn™12
$59.99
per month
Min total cost is $59.99 for first month
Price
$59.99 per month
Min total cost is $59.99 for first month
iiNet Fixed Wireless 500GB 6 Month
NBN
6 Month contract
  • 6 Month contract
  • BYO modem or purchase for $59.95
500GB
Data
500GB
9.3Mbps
nbn™12
Speed
9.3Mbps
nbn™12
$59.99
per month
Min total cost is $359.94 over 6 months
Price
$59.99 per month
Min total cost is $359.94 over 6 months
Activ8me NBN Fixed Wireless Broadband Plus 250GB 1 Month
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $84.95
250GB
Data
250GB
nbn™50
Typical download speed not provided
Speed
nbn™50
Typical download speed not provided
$64.95
per month
Min total cost is $64.95 for first month
Price
$64.95 per month
Min total cost is $64.95 for first month
Activ8me NBN Fixed Wireless Broadband Plus 250GB 6 Months
NBN
6 Month contract
  • 6 Month contract
  • BYO modem or purchase for $59.95
250GB
Data
250GB
nbn™50
Typical download speed not provided
Speed
nbn™50
Typical download speed not provided
$64.95
per month
Min total cost is $389.70 over 6 months
Price
$64.95 per month
Min total cost is $389.70 over 6 months
AGL NBN Home Basic
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: AGL energy customers get this plan for $49/mth for the first 6 months, then $54/mth after. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $149
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
25Mbps
nbn™25
Speed
25Mbps
nbn™25
$69
per month
Min total cost is $69 for first month
Price
$69 per month
Min total cost is $69 for first month
Tangerine NBN Fixed Wireless Plus
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $54.90/mth for the first 6 months for new customers, then $69.90/mth. T&Cs apply.
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase from $139.90
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
23Mbps
nbn™25
Speed
23Mbps
nbn™25
$54.90
per month
Min total cost is $54.90 for first month
Price
$54.90 per month
Min total cost is $54.90 for first month
Activ8me NBN Fixed Wireless Broadband Plus Unlimited 1 Month
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $84.95
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
nbn™50
Typical download speed not provided
Speed
nbn™50
Typical download speed not provided
$69.95
per month
Min total cost is $69.95 for first month
Price
$69.95 per month
Min total cost is $69.95 for first month
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What is fixed wireless NBN?

Fixed wireless NBN is an internet connection that provides connection through radio signals in the air, rather than fibre optic cables. These signals are transmitted from a tower in your area to an antenna installed on your roof.

What NBN fixed wireless speeds can you get?

While fixed-line NBN comes with 6 speed tiers to choose from, there are only 3 available for fixed wireless NBN.

Besides the 2 basic, entry level speed tiers, there is also a unique speed tier for this connection type called Fixed Wireless Plus. This speed tier offers up to 75Mbps download speeds.

The most commonly available speed tiers for NBN fixed wireless plans are:

  • NBN 12 - 12Mbps maximum download speed, 1Mbps maximum upload speed
  • NBN 25 - 25Mbps maximum download speed, 5Mbps maximum upload speed
  • NBN 75 - 75Mbps maximum download speed, 10Mbps maximum upload speed
  • Keep in mind that there are some providers that offer higher speeds of 100-500Mbps, but it's a very small number and availability is limited, so you'll need to check your address with them before signing up.

But what about the actual typical evening speeds on fixed wireless?

The quality and maximum speed of fixed wireless NBN is often more variable than fixed-line connections. The typical evening speed of your fixed wireless connection may be affected by:

  • The distance of your premises to the fixed wireless tower
  • Whether there is a clear line of sight from the premises to the tower
  • Weather conditions such as extreme heat or heavy rain
  • Network congestion (the number of households connected to the same tower and the amount of usage from these households)

In particular, fixed wireless connections are affected by network congestion when you have lots of people online at the same time.

In its April 2023 Measuring Broadband Performance report, the ACCC found fixed wireless connections would only achieve 84.7% of advertised download plan speeds during peak hours (usually 7pm-11pm).

This was compared to NBN fixed-line services which averaged 99.7% of plan speed during the same hours.

Update:

There is currently an NBN fixed wireless upgrade program taking place, likely to be finished by the end of 2024. It's expected there will be new speed tiers available, with users being able to access download speeds of 100-130Mbps or even 200-325Mbps.

Which providers offer NBN fixed wireless plans?

On Finder, we compare NBN fixed wireless plans from over 20 internet providers in Australia. Always check your address on the provider's website to see if its plans are available in your area.

What is the difference between fibre and fixed wireless NBN?

There are a number of differences between fibre or fixed-line NBN and fixed wireless NBN:

Fibre/fixed-lineFixed wireless
ConnectionPhysical fibre optic cable runs through the premises to connect to the NBN networkUses data transmitted over radio signals to connect a premises to the NBN network
ReliabilityMostly reliable as there is a direct, physical connectionSusceptible to outages due to factors such as network congestion or line of sight to the fixed wireless tower
SpeedUp to 1000Mbps if you have an FTTP or HFC connectionUp to 75Mbps with selected providers

Is fixed wireless NBN reliable?

It depends on what you're comparing it to. As far as internet connections go, the most reliable NBN connection you can get is a fibre-optic connection, otherwise known as a fixed-line NBN connection.

In terms of a wireless internet connection, NBN fixed wireless is more reliable than mobile wireless.

This is because your antenna is installed to optimise signal exchange between itself and the tower, which is unlike a mobile wireless service where speeds can be affected by the number of people moving into and out of the area.

Fixed wireless NBN plans may not be as fast as their fixed-line counterparts but you might find it a more reliable option for your household compared to home wireless broadband or mobile broadband. Just make sure to pick a plan that meets your budget and speed requirements.

Mariam Gabaji

Mariam Gabaji
Utilities editor

Are there any alternatives to fixed wireless NBN?

Your address will determine which NBN connection type you're eligible for. For some households, fixed wireless might be the only option for connecting to the NBN.

If you're unhappy with the prospect of signing up to a fixed wireless plan, there are other broadband alternatives to consider:

  • Sign up to Elon Musk's Starlink service if you're happy to pay upfront costs of $1,000+ but in return, get speeds between 100-200Mbps.
  • Compare home wireless broadband or mobile broadband, which uses the mobile network get you online.

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    NezzaAugust 31, 2017

    Hi I am in an nbn coverage but apparently my address is not on that nbn data base and needs to be added what does that mean

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      HaroldSeptember 4, 2017Finder

      Hi Nezza,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      If you check your address and the nbn™ network is not available at your premises, follow the prompts to register your email address with us. You will then receive email updates on when the service is available in your area.

      I hope this information has helped.

      Cheers,
      Harold18

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