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5G home internet in Australia: Plans from Telstra, Optus & more
Get your home internet G’d up.
Depending on which provider you go with, 5G home internet can be a more affordable alternative to the NBN with similar speeds, or offer much faster speeds for a similar price.
Before we start, here's a look at some popular 5G home internet plans.
5G Home Internet providers in Australia
There's a small number of providers selling 5G home internet in Australia, including some familiar names, as well as a few smaller providers.
Here’s the full list of 5G home Internet providers that we track in our comparison engine:
- TPG (Vodafone 5G network)
- iiNet (Vodafone 5G network)
- Internode (Vodafone 5G network)
- SpinTel (Optus 5G network)
Telstra 5G Home Internet
Telstra has a single 5G home internet plan with a 1TB allowance. If you go over, speeds are capped at 25Mbps for the rest of the month.
Telstra says users can expect 378Mbps average download speeds, but that speeds can range between 50Mbps and 600Mbps.
Telstra's 5G home internet plan is contract-free. You'll just need to return your modem if you leave if your first two years. Otherwise, you'll have to pay a hardware fee.
Optus 5G Home Internet
Optus has two 5G home internet plans.
The first, more affordable option has speeds capped to 100Mbps, making it similar to an NBN 100 plan. Optus says you can expect typical evening speeds of 83Mbps during busy hours.
Alternatively, you can opt for a more expensive uncapped "Entertainer" plan, where speeds can go as fast as network conditions allow. Optus reports typical evening speeds of 225Mbps for this plan.
Optus' uncapped "Entertainer" plan also includes a standard Netflix subscription at no extra cost.
Both these plans are contract-free, but you'll need to pay out your modem if you leave in your first three years. This is equivalent to $16 for each month left in your three-year term.
Vodafone 5G Home Internet
Vodafone has two 5G internet plans right now.
The first is capped to speeds of 50Mbps, while the second more expensive option is capped to 100Mbps. This makes them pretty similar to NBN plans, and in both cases, they're cheaper than Vodafone's equivalent NBN options.
Existing Vodafone mobile customers can save a further $5 per month on any Vodafone 5G home internet plan.
Vodafone 5G home internet plans are contract-free. You'll just need to return your modem if you leave within the first three years. If you don't, you'll need to pay a modem fee.
TPG 5G Home Internet
Like Vodafone, TPG has two 5G home internet plans. These are structured the same way: there's a cheaper 50Mbps option, or a slightly more expensive 100Mbps option.
TPG doesn't disclose typical evening speeds for these plans, so we'd expect them to be a bit slower during peak hours.
These plans are contract-free, but once again, you'll need to return your modem if you leave in your first three years. Otherwise, there's a non-return fee.
TPG 5G home internet is powered by the Vodafone network.
SpinTel 5G Home Internet
SpinTel also two 5G home internet plans, but they're powered by the Optus network. As such, they're structured similarly to Optus' plans.
You can pick between a more affordable option capped to 100Mbps, or a more expensive uncapped option with typical evening speeds of 225Mbps.
If you cancel your SpinTel plan, you'll need to return the modem - no matter how long you've been with the telco.
Is 5G Home Internet available in my area?
The easiest way to see if 5G home internet is available in your area is to enter your address on a participating provider’s website. This will tell you whether you're in a coverage area, and if the network has enough capacity in the area.
Telstra, for example, will only sell a select number of 5G internet plans per postcode, to avoid congestion.
You can also 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.
How fast is 5G home internet?
5G home internet speeds will depend on your plan. For example, if you get a plan capped to 50Mbps or 100Mbps, you'll be limited to those speeds.
On the other hand, if you get an uncapped plan from Telstra or Optus, speeds can exceed 200Mbps. In our testing, we've seen 5G home internet speeds over 400Mbps on Telstra.
A 5G home internet connection can replace individual NBN connections, but it won't replace the need for the NBN.
Fixed line networks like the NBN have a much larger capacity than wireless networks like 5G, and as such, are less prone to issues like congestion.
5G home internet plans start at around $60 per month and can be as expensive as $100 per month, depending on speed and provider.
5G home internet speeds should be fast enough for most homes. The one trade-off you'll make is latency. 5G home internet plans tend to have a latency of around 20ms, compared to 10ms on a typical NBN plan. This can impact gamers, for example.
All 5G home internet plans include a 5G modem. In most cases, the modem won't cost you anything, you'll just need to return it if you leave.
Optus is the main exception to this, and you'll pay a hardware fee if you leave in your first three years.