Cable Internet Plans
Cable broadband connections are delivered over a dedicated cable from the exchange to your home. Cable broadband uses the same coaxial cable as pay TV services; however, customers can sign up to a cable broadband service without subscribing to pay TV.
Cable broadband is suitable for customers who want the fastest connection and plenty of data. Speeds of up to 30Mbps are possible in some areas. Cable broadband is not available in as many places as ADSL and ADSL2+ broadband. As Telstra and Optus are the biggest cable broadband providers in Australia, your first call should be to these providers to find out if cable is an option in your area.
When shopping around for cable broadband plans, you will need to decide whether you also want a home phone service. Optus offers customers the choice of bundling their line rental or going 'Naked' and just ordering a broadband plan. If you are interested in pay TV, you may receive a discount by bundling both services together. Installation costs can be higher than ADSL or ADSL2+ services, as a technician will need to connect your home to the cable in the street. You will also need a cable modem. An ADSL modem will not work on a cable connection.