NBN Will Be Cheaper Than ADSL2+

NBN Will Be Cheaper Than ADSL2+

According to whistleout.com.au, when pricing for NBN services is compared on a per GB basis to ADSL2+, it’s going to be cheaper once line rental costs are taken into account.

Once you look into the whistleOut research, that does pre-suppose that you’re comparing something like apples and apples. If you choose the fastest speeds or 100Mbps from the NBN, you’ll pay more than many of the current ADSL2+ plans offered by companies that have announced NBN plans.

One of the interesting bits of data that’s in the whistleOut report is that it would take about nine days to download 1TB of data using ADSL2+. That drops to just over seven hours with the fastest NBN speeds. Given that we live in the age of terabyte storage, there’s a compelling case for the NBN there for our online backups.

There’s loads of interesting information in their study. You can read all about it at WhistleOut.

NBN Pricing Analysis vs ADSL2+ [WhistleOut]


  • I saw that analysis come out yesterday on the News site. Funnily enough most people failed to thoroughly read through that article and just started ranting and raving about their own NBN opinions. I’ll wait and see what happens here!

  • Well I for one certainly don’t pay $29.95 for line rental, I only pay $21/month. I get an average of 20Mbps connection and 500GB per month at $49…. So ok, I am paying $70/mth.. but i’m getting almost twice the speed they used for comparison and 10 times as much data…

    …that’s the problem with averages, it’s not going to be the same for everyone and the people paying “too much” for “bad speeds/service” pulls the average down.

    • you are certainly one of the very lucky few to be getting those speeds out of ADSL2+. I’ve set up connections for a lot of family, friends, colleagues, etc, and most come in at 7 – 12Mbps (even after tweaking coding gain settings etc!)

  • What a load of spin. Dishonest charts and worst of all we have so called journalists now repeating this all over the net.

    Telstra Phone Bill: $23/month
    TPG ADSL2+ 500GB: $49/month
    500GB/$72 = 14.4c/GB

    Also should be noted. NBN plans from what I have seen count uploads as a rule. How is this accounted for?

  • prices to compare mean very little if the option is not available soon. The NBN next 12 month schedule doesn’t list anything near me. Prices will jump around alot before most of us will get hooked up.
    But as a start they are not too bad.

  • What a load of crap. It basically says that if you D/L the same amount of data, on a per gb basis NBN works out cheaper.
    If we weren’t going to D/L heaps of data, then we wouldn’t need the NBN.
    It will end up costing us more as we will use it more.

  • None of this addresses the elephant in the room. When NBNco is privatised, as Conroy said it would be, what do people think will happen to prices. Private monopolies are pretty damn good at price gouging.

  • Blah blah blah, everyone with opinions and I bet none of you are hooked up to it either.
    I am, and am very very very happy with the service. None of this average b.s. with NBN you get the speed ALL OF THE TIME. I’ve just upgraded to a 50/20 connection from a 25/4, and 25/4 I was getting exactly that. ALL OF THE TIME. Bandwidth isn’t the only thing here, latency is the other, and from Tassie the best I’ve achieved so far is 15ms to Melbourne. Which is fscking nuts. Period. I average 25ms on mainland BFBC2 servers, which is damn near LAN speed.
    I can run 6 torrents bl**dy quick, transfer stuff across my network, have the missus watching HD Youtube channels, AND STILL HAVE PLENTY LEFT OVER FOR GAMING. Do that on ADSL.

    • Oh, and use VOIP at the same time as well, so I have no landline affiliation with Telstra or any other copper carrier whatsoever.
      Once IP Multicast become available on NBN I’ll test it again with FetchTV running too. If youcan do that on ADSL with your poopy ADSL router you deserve a medal.

  • Cable trumps ADSL in reliability and speed from my experience over the past four years in Australia.

    NBN will destroy both cable and adsl in all aspects, even price given time.

  • The government did intend to charge money for people using the NBN and did intend to sell the business in the future so the $2000 per head is really just hogwash.

    I am in construction and even in our industry we see the potential that NBN can bring and the new businesses that it can create, not just in building the initial network but the new businesses that having a faster broadband network can create.

  • I can’t believe that people who look at tech sites, find problems with technology progression. If you don’t like the costs then don’t use NBN. I go with Ollie, the fact that you can have everything running at great speeds is a winner for me, less time at the computer, more time doing other things.

  • Ha, I should like to see the prices for the propose Sat connections, I can tell you know they will not be as cheap as adsl.. not all NBN is fiber remember

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