• What is Local Broadband Network?
  • Local Broadband Network vs. National Broadband Network
  • Should I Connect to LBN?

Yes, you have read it right! It is LBN and not NBN. Most people are unaware that aside from the National Broadband Network, there are other companies in Australia that cater to the need for connection of Aussies, and the Local Broadband Network Co is one of them. In this article, we will be tackling the essential things you need to know about LBN: the plans, the providers, and its services. 

What is LBN?

This wholesale internet service provider might be fresh for the ears of other people. The acronym LBN Co shortly stands for Local Broadband Network. It is one of the direct competitors of the government-owned National Broadband Network Co (NBN). This privately owned connection company is one of the large-scale internet providers in the country. They provide the connection which internet service providers like Telstra, TPG and Exetel distribute to our homes and communities. One of the qualities LBN boasts about its performance is its stable high internet speed service with less congestion. 

Local Broadband Network vs. National Broadband Network 

To start the comparison, one of the main differences between the two is that LBN is a private-owned company while NBN is government-owned. Well, we can say that, just like with other private-owned vs. government-owned companies, there will be differences when it comes to the interest of each company and the quality and kinds of services they will provide. In this section, we’ll take a look at the differences between the two when it comes to the types of connection, plans, speed, and price. 

Type of Connection

When it comes to the type of technology connection, NBN arguably has more options offered to its customers. Depending on the needs and location of the customers, they may opt to have:

  • Fibre to the Basement (FTTB)
  • Fibre to the Premise  (FTTP)
  • Fibre to the Curb (FTTC)
  • Fibre to the Node (FTTN)
  • Fixed Wireless NBN
  • NBN Hybrid Fibre Coaxial
  • Satellite

On the other hand, the LBN utilizes only two of the above mentioned technologies: the Fibre to the Basement (FTTB) and Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) connection. However, it should be taken note that the said technologies are considered to be one of the fastest modes to transfer signals. By utilizing fibre optics in sending signals from the servers to the vicinity of the customers, FTTB and FTTP are considered to be one of the fastest modes in sending signals. This type of connection also minimizes the use of copper wires which are considered to be slower than fibre optics in sending signals. 

Plans and Speed

The plans offered by LBN are pretty similar to the ones NBN has. The general speed tiers in LBN also ranges from 12 Mbps, 25 Mbps, 50 Mbps, and 100 Mbps just like the latter’s speed tiers. The type of technology used in connection will also play a role in internet speed. Just like what is mentioned in the previous section, LBN utilizes fibre optics with minimal copper wires on their connections which make sending signals faster. There is also less network operating in the LBN connections that’s why there is considerably lesser congestion than NBN connections. 

Price

When it comes to price, LBN plans are a bit pricey compared to the plans of NBN. Since NBN is government-owned, its wholesale prices are heavily regulated by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). As of to date, the NBN standard (25 Mbps) plan’s price ranges from $55-$65 dollars per month; the standard plus (50 Mbps) ranges from $70-$80; while the premium plan (NBN 100) plays between $80-$100 per month.

Prices of plans offered by LBN are a bit higher because it has a smaller network to profit from compared to the large-scale national network provider. Generally, the prices of plans are as follows: LBN 25 costs around $69/mth, LBN 50 costs $79/mth, and LBN 100 costs around $99/month. 

Should You Connect to LBN?

Well, the truth is, you can’t connect to an LBN connection unless the developer of your apartment or establishment has opted to connect to a private fibre network. LBN is usually favoured by newly built apartments and complexes. Although LBN and NBN are both internet providers, they differ in areas and developments they service. Nonetheless, you still have a lot of options if you can’t connect to an LBN. As a matter of fact, NBN has started its move to modernize and improve its service country-wide. You can take a look at the NBN plans and internet service providers on our page to find the plan that suits you.