Compare SkyMesh NBN plans
From high-speed fibre to long-range satellites, SkyMesh offers plenty of ways to connect to the NBN.
What you need to know about SkyMesh's NBN plans
It might have some way to go yet but the NBN is undoubtedly the future of Australian Internet. That's why SkyMesh has committed itself fully to the network, ditching older ADSL technology and focusing solely on fibre and satellite services. Along with the standard fibre to the premises (FTTP), fibre to the building (FTTB), and fibre to the node (FTTN) connections, SkyMesh supports hybrid fibre coaxial, fixed wireless and Sky Muster satellite connections to further increase the reach of the NBN.
SkyMesh also offers a voice over IP (VoIP) phone service for inclusion with its NBN plans. And since having to sign up for 12 or 24 months can be a deal breaker for a lot of people, all SkyMesh's plans are available on a no-lock-in, month-to-month basis.
What are the different SkyMesh NBN plans?
Focusing fully on the NBN has given SkyMesh the ability to offer a greater variety of plans than many of its competitors. Its standard range of plans is available on all FTTP, FTTB, FTTN and hybrid fibre coaxial connections, with the particular connection type you'll receive depending on the NBN infrastructure installed at your address. These plans start with just 6GB of monthly data and go all the way up to 2.4TB on-peak/12TB off-peak, with plenty of options in between. As per nbn co, peak time starts at 7am and ends at 1am.
SkyMesh offers a wide range of Internet speeds, too. Each plan supports 12Mbps, 25Mbps, 50Mbps and 100Mbps, with an additional 200Mbps option available only on FTTP connections.
For those who live outside the reach of the wired NBN rollout, SkyMesh also provides a number of fixed wireless and Sky Muster satellite plans. Which of these you'll be eligible for is again dictated by where you live. Fixed wireless plans start off at 6GB of data a month and go up to a maximum of 600GB on-peak/1,024GB off-peak a month, with available speeds of 12Mbps, 25Mbps or 50Mbps.
Sky Muster satellite plans are split into two tiers: Standard plans and Night Owl plans. Standard plans are your regular fare, starting with a 5GB on-peak/5GB off-peak data cap and topping out at 60GB on-peak/90GB off-peak. Night Owl plans, meanwhile, offer better value if you're able to squeeze most of your Internet usage into off-peak hours. Starting at 1GB on-peak/50GB off-peak, they go all the way up to 5GB on-peak/145GB off-peak. On both Standard and Night Owl plans, 12Mbps and 25Mbps are the only speeds available.
Regardless of the kind of NBN connection you're eligible for, all SkyMesh's plans can be combined with a VoIP phone service for making phone calls over the Internet. Calls are charged on a pay-as-you-go basis and SkyMesh will assign you a new phone number specifically for this service – your old telephone number cannot be ported.
How much do SkyMesh's NBN plans cost?
SkyMesh's singular focus on the NBN allows it to offer some of the cheapest prices on the market. For wired NBN connections at the minimum speed of 12Mbps, plans start at $29.95 a month for 6GB of data and top out at $79.95 a month for 600GB on-peak/1TB off-peak. Increasing the speed to 25Mbps will set you back an extra $5 a month, upgrading it to 50Mbps will cost you $15 extra a month and upping it to 100Mbps will tack on an additional $20 a month. Fixed wireless plans follow this same pricing scheme, with the only difference being the lower maximum speed of 50Mbps.
If you're eligible for FTTP, you can also upgrade to one of SkyMesh's new 200Mbps plans. These begin at $229.95 a month for 240GB on-peak/24TB off-peak and go up to $299.95 a month for 2.4TB on-peak/24TB off-peak.
For Aussies on the outskirts of the NBN, the Standard 12Mbps Sky Muster satellite plans range from $34.95 a month for 5GB on-peak/5GB off-peak to $194.95 a month for 60GB on-peak/90GB off-peak. Night Owl plans, meanwhile, go from $34.95 a month for 1GB on-peak/50GB off-peak to $54.95 a month for 5GB on-peak/145GB off-peak. Boosting the speed of any Sky Muster plan to 25Mbps will cost you an extra $5 a month.
If you're looking to bundle in SkyMesh's VoIP phone service, it'll cost you $10 extra a month plus call charges, regardless of which plan you go with. For all NBN connections other than FTTP, you'll also need to purchase an analogue telephone adaptor in order to use regular phone handsets with the service. SkyMesh will sell you one for $80. However, if you're eligible for FTTP, your NBN modem will be sufficient for connecting standard handsets.
Speaking of modems, SkyMesh offers a range of different models for inclusion with its NBN plans. Prices start at $129 for a basic D-Link Wi-Fi modem, with a VoIP model available for $159.
Unlike most other Internet providers, SkyMesh charges no activation or setup fees and you're free to cancel your service at any time without incurring an Early Termination Fee. You won't have to pay any excess usage fees, either; if you go over your monthly data limit, your speed will simply be reduced to 256kbps (128kbps on Sky Muster plans) for the rest of the current billing cycle. Alternatively, you can purchase additional data blocks to increase your data limit for that month only. On all wired and fixed wireless plans, data blocks come in 2GB and 3GB increments and cost $2 and $3 respectively. On Sky Muster satellite plans, 1GB data blocks are available for $5 each.