Fibre Internet Plans

Fibre internet plans provide an alternative fixed line connection to the NBN for eligible homes in Australia.

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There are plenty of options on the market when it comes to home internet today, with the NBN being the most popular among fixed line connections. However, you may have heard about fibre internet plans and are wondering what they are. You can learn all about how they work and how they’re different from the NBN right here in Savvy’s handy guide today!

What is a fibre internet plan?

A fibre internet plan is a type of broadband internet connection that uses fibre optic cables to transmit data at high speeds. It's known for its reliability, low latency and high maximum upload and download speeds, making it ideal for a wide range of online activities, from streaming and gaming to remote work and large file transfers.

Fibre internet plans are typically delivered through Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) technology, where a dedicated optical fibre line is connected directly to your home. This direct connection helps you enjoy consistent and fast internet speeds without the performance fluctuations that can occur with wireless broadband connections.

There are several types of fibre internet which are available in Australia. OptiComm is perhaps the most well-known and popular alternative to the National Broadband Network (NBN), while some providers, such as Telstra and Aussie Broadband, operate their own network of fixed line connections (correct as of September 2023).

How is fibre internet different from the NBN?

Fibre internet and the NBN share many similarities, in that they both deliver high-speed internet connections which effectively function in the same way. However, there are key differences between the two which are important to consider, including the following:

  • Ownership: one of the primary distinctions is ownership. Fibre internet is typically provided by private companies or local infrastructure providers, while the NBN is a government-owned initiative aimed at upgrading Australia's overall broadband infrastructure.
  • Technology: while the NBN encompasses various technologies and connection types, including FTTP, Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC), Fibre to the Node (FTTN) and Fixed Wireless, fibre internet exclusively relies on FTTP technology.
  • Service providers: with the NBN, you have a wide choice of service providers. Fibre internet, being more limited in availability, has fewer service providers to choose from on the market.
  • Availability: availability is one of the biggest and most important differences between the NBN and fibre internet. Providers such as OptiComm are accessible in far fewer areas than the NBN, ruling them out as a potential option for a vast range of people. Additionally, because fibre internet relies on FTTP connections exclusively, many homes won’t be able to use them.

In summary, while fibre internet plans offer high-speed, reliable connections through dedicated fibre lines, their availability both geographically and via home connections limits their availability to Australians who wish to use them.

The pros and cons of fibre internet plans

PROS

Strong speeds

Fibre internet plans can offer speeds to rival NBN plans, with the potential to theoretically reach up to 1Gbps in the same way as an NBN 1000 plan.

Low latency

Fibre connections typically have low latency, which is crucial for online gaming and real-time applications. This can help provide a responsive online experience.

Reliability

Plans which only utilise fibre optic cables to connect to the internet are seen as the strongest and most reliable when it comes to delivering high internet speeds.

CONS

Availability

One of their primary drawbacks is limited availability. This often depends on your location and whether providers have invested in fibre infrastructure in your area.

Cost

Because fibre internet plans like OptiComm only utilise FTTP connections, they may be more expensive to install than other NBN connection types like FTTN.

Provider choice

Depending on your location, you may have fewer choices when it comes to fibre internet service providers compared to other connection types, such as the NBN.

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Savvy is partnered with Econnex Comparison (CIMET Sales Pty Ltd, ABN 72 620 395 726) to provide readers with a variety of internet plans to compare. We do not compare all retailers in the market, or all plans offered by all retailers. Savvy earns a commission from Econnex each time a customer buys an internet plan via our website. We don’t arrange for products to be purchased directly, as all purchases are conducted via Econnex.

Any advice presented above is general in nature and doesn’t consider your personal or business objectives, needs or finances. It’s always important to consider whether advice is suitable for you before purchasing an internet plan. For further information on the variety of internet plans compared by Econnex, or how their business works, you can visit their website.

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