TPG FTTB review

Get cheap NBN100 speeds on the market with TPG’s special FTTB plans.

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TPG has incredibly cheap Internet deals for customers that fall into its privately owned fibre network, and they outspeed the fastest NBN100 plans too.

Before you sign up:

TPG's FTTB plans are only available to very specific addresses in metropolitan areas. When you click the green 'go to site' button, we'll take you to TPG's website. You'll then need to type in your address in the revelant field to check that you're able to sign up for a plan.

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If you're one of the lucky few that have access to TPG's network, you can get a super cheap, high speed FTTB plan like no other.

What is TPG FTTB?

FTTB stands for "Fibre to the Building", which is a type of Internet connection. For FTTB, cables are run to a box in the basement of an apartment building or complex, and then up to individual customers' apartments.

FTTB plans are not the same as your regular NBN plans, so you'll need to check your eligibility separately with TPG before attempting to sign up. The plans themselves come either month-to-month with a $99.95 set-up fee, or on an 18-month contract with no set-up fee.

  • Standard S Bundle: Unlimited data for $49.99 per month. Maximum speed of 12Mbps.
  • Superfast M Bundle: Unlimited data for $59.99 per month. Typical evening speed of 90Mbps.
  • Superfast L Bundle: Unlimited data for $69.99 per month. Unlimited standard calls within Australia, plus 100 international minutes. Typical evening speed of 90Mbps.
  • Superfast XL Bundle: Unlimited data for $79.99 per month. Unlimited standard calls within Australia, plus unlimited international calls to 15 countries. Typical evening speed of 90Mbps.

A suitable modem is included automatically as part of the set-up fee, though you will have to pay an additional $10 delivery fee.

What are TPG's FTTB speeds like?

TPG offers two speeds for its special FTTB connections: Standard and Superfast. Note that these are separate and completely different to Standard NBN and Superfast NBN speeds (which have maximum download speeds of 50Mbps and 250Mbps respectively).

  • Standard: This offers a maximum download speed of 12Mbps and a maximum upload of 1Mbps. It's the equivalent of an NBN12 plan, which is pretty slow (typical evening speeds are somewhere around 10-11Mbps).
  • Superfast. This offers a maximum download speed of 100Mbps and a maximum upload speed of 20Mbps. This is the equivalent of an NBN100 connection, with a higher typical evening speed of 90Mbps, compared to the ACCC industry average of 88Mbps.

TPG FTTB availability

There's no denying that TPG's Superfast FTTB plans are speedy, but they're not available everywhere. Because these plans use TPG's privately owned network infrastructure, the majority of NBN FTTB customers will not have access to them.

It's not enough to use a normal NBN address checker — you'll have to use the one on TPG's website, and TPG may carry out further eligibility tests after you've signed up.

Are TPG's FTTB plans any good?

The average price for an NBN 100 plan in our database is about $100 a month. Considering that TPG's FTTB plans are the equivalent of NBN 100 speeds and cost $59.99 a month, they're likely the best deal on fast Internet you'll find almost anywhere.

If you have access to TPG's FTTB connection and want high speeds, you'd be extremely hard pressed to find a better deal.

The catch, of course, is that only a small amount of people will have access to these plans, since you'd have to be in TPG's fibre footprint to be eligible.

How does TPG FTTB perform against the NBN?

To give you an idea of just how much better the FTTB deals are than regular TPG NBN plans, we've looked at them side by side for easy comparison.

"Superfast" comparison (NBN100)

Plan nameMonthly priceIncluded dataTypical evening speed
NBN100 Fast Bundle$79.99Unlimited90.00Mbps
Superfast FTTB M Bundle$59.99Unlimited90.0Mbps

Here, there's no real contest. Not only is the FTTB plan $30 cheaper per month, but the typical evening speed is nearly 10Mbps faster, making it the undisputed winner.

If you're wondering why TPG can promise speeds that are so much higher, it's because of the strict eligibility requirements that are in place for its FTTB plans, which its NBN plans lack. TPG only sells its FTTB plans to customers where they can vouch for the quality of the building's connection, which they can't do with the haphazard nature of the NBN.

"Standard" comparison (NBN12)

Plan nameMonthly priceIncluded dataTypical evening speed
NBN12 Basic I Bundle$59.99Unlimited12.00Mbps
Standard FTTB S Bundle$49.99UnlimitedUnpublished (max 12Mbps)

Once again, the FTTB option is cheaper than the NBN version for almost the exact same thing. The only reason you might prefer to go with a regular NBN option instead is because of TPG's 10GB for $29.99 plan. However, this is only suitable for a small number of users who have almost no data needs, so FTTB will be superior in most cases.

TPG FTTB installation

The installation process for TPG's FTTB plans is very similar to that of the NBN. Once your eligibility has been confirmed, you'll either be able to plug in the modem you get from TPG and hop online straightaway, or a TPG technician will visit your building and finalise the installation for free.

TPG suggests that the whole process will take about the same time that the NBN does, or it may potentially be even faster.

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