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Fixed Wireless NBN Plans

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Looking for internet access in areas where traditional wired connections might not reach? Fixed Wireless NBN plans offer broadband through radio signals, making it a popular solution for rural and remote regions. But with various providers and packages available, finding the right Fixed Wireless NBN plan can be a challenge.

Here at Savvy, we simplify the process. Our online comparison service allows you to effortlessly explore and compare the best Fixed Wireless NBN plans available in your area from leading Australian providers. Get started with us today with a free, no-obligation quote.

What is Fixed Wireless NBN?

Fixed Wireless NBN is a type of connection used by the National Broadband Network (NBN) in Australia to provide internet access to areas which are more difficult to reach with traditional wired broadband connections. It uses a network of fixed wireless towers to transmit broadband signals to an antenna installed at your premises.

This type of connection is designed for rural and regional areas where laying new fibre optic cables can be cost-prohibitive due to the vast distances involved. Fixed Wireless NBN can offer a relatively reliable wireless connection with competitive speeds. However, it’s important to understand how it differs from wired connections.

The differences between Fixed Wireless NBN and wired NBN connections

The most obvious difference is in their connections. While Fixed Wireless relies on radio signals being transmitted from a nearby tower, standard NBN plans involve a physical connection to the household or building. There are several different methods of connection, such as purely fibre optic cables (Fibre to the Premises) or a combination of new fibre optic and existing copper cables (Fibre to the Node or Curb) or existing pay TV cables (Hybrid Fibre Coaxial).

Additionally, it’s important to note that physical wired connections are considered more reliable than wireless connections, as there are more factors which can readily affect your connection and its strength. These can include your distance from the nearest tower, if anything is obstructing the line between the two or if your network is congested.

How fast is Fixed Wireless NBN internet?

Fixed Wireless NBN offers several speed tiers, similar to other NBN technologies. However, while the maximum download speeds for Fixed Wireless NBN can vary, they typically range from 12Mbps to 75Mbps, which stands in contrast to wired NBN plans which can reach up to 100Mbps, 250Mbps and sometimes upwards of 500Mbps. Wireless speeds are also dependent on the specific plan you choose, as different plans will come with different speed caps.

These speeds may be more than adequate for you when it comes to common online tasks like web browsing, email and video streaming. However, as mentioned, it's important to note that the actual speeds you experience can be influenced by factors such as network congestion and your distance from the nearest fixed wireless tower.

Because of the nature of the connection type, Fixed Wireless NBN may also be hardest hit when it comes to evening or peak speeds. While network congestion generally isn’t as great an issue for fixed connections and many advertise average evening speeds close to the maximum available, Fixed Wireless connections tend to come in at much slower peak speeds, no matter the speed on the plan you purchased.

Do I have any alternatives to Fixed Wireless NBN?

There may be some alternative broadband plan options to Fixed Wireless NBN, depending on your location and needs. Here are some alternatives:

  • Home wireless broadband: this uses a dedicated modem to provide internet access through mobile networks. It's a flexible option for homes and can be suitable for areas with limited fixed-line coverage, but the speeds you’re capable of reaching will depend on factors such as the coverage in your area and whether you’re on the 4G or 5G network.
  • Satellite NBN: in extremely remote areas, satellite NBN may be an option. It uses satellite signals to provide internet access but typically comes with data restrictions and may not be as fast as Fixed Wireless.
  • Mobile broadband: mobile broadband plans using 4G or 5G networks can be an alternative for internet access. They may be suitable for moderate internet usage and are widely available. Although they’re designed for on-the-go usage and tend to cost more for the data you use, they may be suitable if the mobile coverage in your area is good.
  • ADSL2+: in some regions, ADSL2+ connections over copper lines may still be available, offering basic broadband services.
  • Fixed-line NBN: if physical fixed connections become available in your area, they can provide the highest speeds and reliability. They can be suitable for high-demand households and businesses.

The availability of these alternatives depends on your location, so it's essential to check with a range of providers to see which options are accessible in your area, which you can do through Savvy today.

Top tips for comparing Fixed Wireless NBN plans

Check coverage and availability

Before anything else, determine if Fixed Wireless NBN is available in your area. You can find out which providers may offer access in your area by checking different company sites (as well as getting a quote through us). Some regions may have limited or no access to fixed wireless, so it's crucial to establish availability first.

Consider speed and data needs

Evaluate your internet usage habits and the needs of your household or business. Different Fixed Wireless plans may offer varying speeds and data allowances. If you stream high-definition content, engage in online gaming or work from home, you may require a plan with higher speeds and larger data limits.

Evaluate cost

Compare the costs associated with different fixed wireless NBN plans. Consider not only the monthly plan price but also any setup fees, modem costs and potential additional charges. The best Fixed Wireless NBN plans will align with your budget while providing value for the services offered.

Review contract terms

Examine the contract terms and conditions for each Fixed Wireless plan. Some plans may require you to commit to a specific contract length, while others offer month-to-month flexibility. Understand any early termination fees and contract renewal options to make an informed choice.

Common questions about Fixed Wireless NBN plans

What equipment is involved in a Fixed Wireless NBN installation?

A Fixed Wireless NBN installation typically involves an outdoor antenna mounted on your roof or an elevated point, a cable running from the antenna to an NBN connection box inside your premises and a compatible modem or router. The antenna receives wireless signals from an NBN tower, while the modem or router connects your devices to the internet.

Can I switch from a Satellite NBN plan to a Fixed Wireless plan?

In some cases, you may be able to switch from a Satellite NBN plan to a Fixed Wireless plan if this type of connection becomes available in your area. Check with different providers to confirm its availability, as it’s important to keep in mind that this varies by location.

What are the maximum upload speeds on Fixed Wireless NBN plans?

The maximum upload speeds on Fixed Wireless NBN plans can vary depending on the plan you choose and your location. However, typical maximum upload speeds for Fixed Wireless NBN plans range from 1Mbps to 10Mbps. It's essential to check with your provider for the specific upload speeds offered with your chosen plan, as this information may be subject to change.

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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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