- Fibre optic
- Mobile broadband
It’s a common misconception that you can’t get a good connection in Tasmania. But actually, it might be the best place to get fast internet in Australia. In fact, recent internet speed tests reveal that the island state has the speediest connections in the country. This is probably because Tasmania has a higher proportion of fibre to the premises connections and a smaller population overall.
And with the NBN rollout completed in the country, including Tasmania, residents and visitors of this state can enjoy fast, reliable internet access any time of the day.
Tasmania was the first to start the NBN rollout. Now, it is the first state fully covered by the network. Currently, there are 279,259 premises ready to connect in Tasmania and less than a thousand places to get NBN access. So far, about 185,714 premises have been connected.
Some of the more commonly found NBN connections in Tasmania are Fibre to the Node (FFTN), Fibre to the Curb (FTTC), Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), Fixed Wireless Connection, and Hybrid Fiber-Coaxial Cable (HFC). Visit this page to learn which NBN plans are available in your area.
Three communities in Tasmania can now order super-fast broadband services through the NBN – Midway Point, Smithston and Scottsdale. Several ISPs are offering plans in these locations, including Exetel, Internode, iPrimus and iiNet.
'Pioneer' customers who agreed to trial the service in these areas are reportedly happy with their new service, reporting speeds of 100Mbps, more than four times faster than ADSL2+. The next communities due to be connected to the NBN are Deloraine, George Town, Kingston Beach, Sorell, South Hobart, St Helens and Triabunna.
Finally, Burnie, Devonport, Launceston and Hobart will be connected to the NBN. In total, the first three stages of the NBN will target 100,000 premises in Tasmania, including homes, businesses, schools and hospitals. More stages will be announced as construction on the first three progresses. A schedule for the next two stages has not been announced yet, but NBN Tasmania will let property owners know when it's their turn to be connected.
If you have already been connected, or want to check out some prices while you are waiting, here are some links to more information.
Refer to this article for Exetel fibre plan pricing.
Refer to this article for Internode fibre plan pricing.
Refer to this article for iiNet fibre plan pricing.
Refer to this article for iPrimus fibre plan pricing.
Mobile wireless broadband is available from several providers in Tasmania, and while coverage is generally good in metropolitan areas, there are always variations. In some areas, an external antenna may be needed to strengthen the signal. It's a good idea to check coverage at your home with individual providers before signing up to a new ISP.
Optus has good deals on mobile wireless broadband and can give you an idea on the coverage you can expect to receive from most providers, as the majority of them use Optus towers. Call Optus on 1300 768 194 for more information.