Analysis reveals many price plans cheaper on NBN than ADSL 2+

Tara Brady
18 October, 2011
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Many customers will pay less for plans on the National Broadband Network (NBN) than existing ADSL 2+ and line rental plans, according to an analysis by leading comparison site WhistleOut. Price analysis of the four internet service providers that have announced NBN consumer pricing – iiNet, Internode, Exetel and iPrimus – shows the collective underlying prices for many NBN plans are cheaper, on a per gigabyte usage basis, than their existing monthly ADSL 2+ and phone line rental plans.

WhistleOut Director Cameron Craig, says, “On the NBN’s entry level speeds (12Mpbs and 25Mbps) we found consumers will actually be paying less than today’s ADSL 2+ and line rental plans for the equivalent usage, with savings of 23% to 43% on the entry level speeds (12Mbps). Our analysis centres on what people already pay for copper phone line rental and ADSL usage from the four providers.”

“However, as the speed options get faster on the NBN, consumer plans get more expensive than today’s ADSL2+ prices, with the highest increase being a combined hike of 66% across the four providers over today’s prices when you look at top NBN speeds of 100Mbps and mid-tier data usage,” says Cameron.

The high-speed network will make internet usage and interaction significantly faster for the majority of Australians. Currently, on the largest usage quota ADSL 2+ plan of 1000GB, it takes 9 days, 22 hours and 36min to download the 1000GB, compared to 7 hours and 9 minutes on the NBN’s highest possible speed of 100Mbps. Movies will take just one to two minutes to download on the top speeds.

“While 10 per cent of Australians already have access to high speeds via cable internet in metro cities, 90 per cent of Australians are on speeds from dial up to ADSL2+ with no guarantee of the actual speed they’ll get. Around 569,000 Australians are still on dial-up internet access. The NBN’s biggest benefit will be the democratisation of high speed internet access,”says Cameron.

Telstra and Optus are yet to announce their consumer pricing for the NBN, but have passed NBN Co’s certification process in readiness to test services and signed landmark agreements with NBN to share infrastructure. The network is forecast to be completed in 2020 and is currently being rolled out in states across Australia under the Regional Backbone Blackspots program and in Tasmania.

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NBN will be cheaper than many ADSL 2+ plans














NBN compared against current broadband ADSL 2+ plans














NBN speeds much faster than ADSL 2+














Breakdown of internet usage in Australia














The NB will offer speeds of 12Mbps – 100Mbps


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  1. Paul says:

    The NBN should be being rolled out into areas where people have either dial up or ADSL1. It’s pointless rolling the NBN out to areas where they already have fast (ADSL2+ or HFC cable) internet speed. Like your story shows, there is still a lot of people on dial up and towns like mine have the NBN fiber running through the town but have either dial up or ADSL1 connections. Our ADSL1 service suffers from congestion which is coursing our services to drop down to below dialup but this is alright because those that have fast ADSL2+ service will be getting the NBN first. What a total waste of money. It’s this stupid roll out that makes the Libs want to close it down.

    The NBN say they will pass millions of homes by 2020 but I can’t see the NBN being around once there is a chnage of Government, in a year or so away.

  2. Marc says:

    I wonder if the 7 hours 9 minutes is correct. According to 1000GB down load at 100Mbps will take at least 23 Hours 51 Minutes…

    The 9 days 22 hours and 36 minutes looks ok, given 1000GB at 10Mbps gives a result of at least 9 Days 22 Hours 36 Minutes at the same site (those numbers look far too similar… hmm).

    What is missing from those numbers are the impact of overheads as outlined on that web site (protocol based) and importantly the amount of contention the ISP chooses to design into the back haul network (and that is present in the NBN it self).

    The ISPs noted, with the exception of Internode (maybe), will content the network from the NBN points of interconnection back to their PoPs and to the internet. Some more so than others. You get what you pay for, which is no different to what happens today. Speed tests from areas with large take up will tell in time.

    It will be interesting to see now much differentiation will be applied to different types of traffic, such as ISP related video verses other traffic types.

  3. Dally says:

    Do the same comparison but against wireless broadband which is what many rural users are limited to.Then the real advantages of the NBN will shine through.Where I live we have no other choice but wireless…paying $100 per month for 15GB at speeds between 1 and 4 Mbps.My fear is we will never see the NBN if it is not implemented before the next election…

  4. Paul says:

    Daily I totally agree with you. Some of us only have access to ADSL1 and at night when we want to use it we have to put up with speeds that at times no faster than dialup. These are the places the NBN should be coming first, NOT places where they already have fast ADSL2+ or HFC cable service. Very pointless putting the NBN in those areas first. I always thought the NBN would be put into the country and rural areas first.

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