Who provides 5G Home Internet in Australia?

Get your home internet G’d up.

May 25, 2022
4 min read

Now that the NBN rollout is finished, pretty much every home in Australia can sign up to an NBN plan. The thing is, outside of winning the location lottery or spending thousands for a Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) upgrade, you don’t have control over which NBN technology you get to your home address.

While most NBN technologies servicing metro homes can sign up for NBN 100 plans, others aren’t. On top of this, beyond-100Mbps download speeds are mostly the domain of Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) and FTTP homes, which can sign up for NBN 250 and NBN 1000 plans.

That said, if you’re in the right area, you can sign up for a 5G Home Internet plan that can potentially offer speeds beyond 100Mbps. Before we dive too far into that, check out the list of popular 5G Home Internet plans from our comparison engine below.

5G Home Internet providers in Australia

The list of providers that sell 5G Home Internet plans in Australia is growing. Initially, it was restricted to Optus and Telstra, the two biggest mobile network providers in Australia. These days, that list has grown to include Vodafone (the third-largest mobile network provider) and a few MVNOs that offer competitive pricing on one of those three networks.

Here’s the full list of 5G Home Internet providers that we track in our comparison engine:

  • iiNet (Vodafone 5G network)
  • Internode (Vodafone 5G network)
  • Optus (Optus 5G network)
  • Spintel (Optus 5G network)
  • Telstra (Telstra 5G network)
  • TPG (Vodafone 5G network)
  • Vodafone (Vodafone 5G network)

Is 5G Home Internet available in my area?

The most direct way to check whether 5G Home Internet is available in your area is to punch in your address on a participating provider’s website and see if you get a big tick to confirm its availability to your home address. Outside of that, use the interactive map below as a guide for 5G availability in your area. Ensure the 5G box is ticked, then cycle between Optus, Telstra and Vodafone networks to see what’s available at your home address.

Telstra 5G Home Internet

At the time of writing, Telstra only sold the 5G Home Internet – 1TB plan. This Telstra 5G Home Internet plan comes with 1TB of monthly data; if you go over, speeds are capped at 25Mbps for the rest of the month.

Telstra says users can expect 378Mbps average 5G download speeds, with typical evening download speeds ranging between 50Mbps and 600Mbps. This Telstra 5G Home Internet plan comes with a Telstra 5G Home Modem, and there aren’t any hardware exit fees if you stay connected for 24 months.

For comparison, check out this Telstra 5G Home Internet plan in comparison to its peers from our database.

Optus 5G Home Internet

Optus sells two 5G Home Internet plans. The 5G Internet Everyday plan costs $79 a month for unlimited data and a 50Mbps download speed guarantee and max download speeds of 100Mbps. This Optus 5G Home Internet plan comes with a Nokia 5G Modem with WiFi 6, which doesn’t have a hardware exit fee if you stay connected for 36 months.

The other Optus 5G Home Internet plan is the 5G Internet Entertainer Superfast plan for $89 a month, which also comes with unlimited data. Unlike the cheaper Optus plan, this one offers uncapped download speeds. This translates to 210Mbps typical evening download speeds with the same minimum 50Mbps guarantee. It also comes with a Nokia 5G Modem with the same exit-fee proviso.

Vodafone 5G Home Internet

Like Optus, Vodafone offers two 5G Home Internet plans with a $10 price difference. The cheapest of the two is the Premium 5G Home Internet Plan, which has unlimited data for $75 a month. Speeds are capped at 100Mbps, albeit with the disclaimer that these are off-peak speeds, which means outside of the evening busy period (7:00pm to 11:00pm nightly).

The Vodafone Premium 5G Home Internet Plan costs $85 a month for unlimited data. This Vodafone 5G Home Internet plan doesn’t have the 100Mbps off-peak cap, which means it can reach whatever speed is available to your home (though Vodafone doesn’t offer any estimates). Both Vodafone plans come with a Nokia FastMile 5G Gateway modem, which doesn’t have a hardware exit fee if you stay connected for 36 months.

TPG 5G Home Internet

TPG follows the Optus and Vodafone trend of a $10 difference between its two 5G Home Internet plans. For $69.99 a month, eligible homes can sign up to the TPG 5G Home Internet Plan Premium, which comes with unlimited data. Speeds are capped at 100Mbps during off-peak times, and TPG provides a 5G Gateway modem that has no hardware exit fees if you stay connected for 36 months.

The TPG 5G Home Internet Plan Max costs $79.99 a month for unlimited data. This TPG 5G Home Internet plan has max available 5G speeds on the Vodafone 5G network, though there aren’t any estimates on what to expect. Like the cheaper 5G Home Internet plan, TPG provides a 5G modem that doesn’t cost extra if you use this plan for 36 months.

iiNet 5G Home Internet

The two-plan trend continues with iiNet 5G Home Internet, with a familiar $10 separating its two plans. The iiNet 5G Home Internet Plan Premium costs $74.99 a month for unlimited data and download speeds up to 100Mbps.

The iiNet 5G Home Internet Plan Max costs $84.99 a month for unlimited data and unrestricted 5G speeds on the Vodafone 5G network. Both iiNet 5G Home Internet plans include a 5G Gateway modem that has a $0 cost if you stay connected for 36 months.

Internode 5G Home Internet

Not one to miss out, Internode follows the two-plan system with a $10 difference between the two. The Internode 5G Home Internet Plan Premium costs $74.99 a month for unlimited data and 100Mbps max speeds achievable during off-peak times.

The other Internode option is the 5G Home Internet Plan Max, which costs $84.99 a month for unlimited data and unrestricted speeds on the Vodafone 5G network. Both of these Internode 5G Home Internet plans come with a compatible modem that has no exit fee if you stay connected for 36 months.

Spintel 5G Home Internet

Spintel offers two 5G plans, albeit without the $10 price difference, though they do both have a $20 upfront postage fee. The Spintel 5G Unlimited Data Wireless Broadband (100Mbps) plan costs $69 a month for unlimited data and download speeds capped at 100Mbps.

The Spintel 5G Unlimited Data Wireless Broadband plan typically costs $90 a month for unlimited data and unrestricted speeds via the Optus 5G network. You can expect 225Mbps typical evening download speeds. Whichever Spintel 5G Home Internet plan you choose, they come with a Nokia FastMile 5G Modem as well as a 14-day trial.

Nathan Lawrence
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Nathan Lawrence
Nathan Lawrence has been banging out passionate tech and gaming words for more than 11 years. These days, you can find his work on outlets like IGN, STACK, Fandom, Red Bull and AusGamers. Nathan adores PC gaming and the proof of his first-person-shooter prowess is at the top of a Battlefield V scoreboard.

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