When the concept of a national broadband network (NBN) was first floated in 2009, it was meant to deliver super-fast internet to every Australian premise directly. Unfortunately, the reality has been quite different, with hundreds of thousands of households unconnected or tethered to inferior technologies.
Another notable discrepancy is price. It turns out that not all NBN customers are created equal, with some regions paying more for comparable services. We compare how much regional and metro areas pay in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Tasmania and the ACT.
The following plans are all for Tier 5 NBN which is the fastest tier currently available. (It grants service providers with wholesale access speeds of 100 Mbps download and 40 Mbps upload over NBN fibre.)
As is plainly evident, the ten cheapest plans deviate substantially both in terms of monthly pricing and data allowances. Metro customers also have a larger choice of internet service providers, which helps to explain the price discrepancy.
For example, in regional NSW, unlimited Tier 5 NBN plans can cost as much as $140 per month, whereas the most expensive metro plan is $99.99. In Victoria, a 10GB plan can cost up to $79.95 for regional customers while their metro counterparts pay $64.90.
With that said, we can't vouch for customer service quality. It's entirely possible that many of these cheap metro offerings aren't actually worth the money. Our advice is to do plenty of research before signing onto an NBN contract — no matter where you live.
Here's the full table of NBN plans for NSW, Victoria, Queensland, SA, WA, NT, Tasmania and the ACT. See something you like? You can click on the individual plans to learn more about them and/or sign up.