• Having the NBN installed at your home or business is free, as installing it is counted as an upgrade.
  • After the NBN is installed, though, you can’t use it without an internet service provider. For that, you’ll have to pay a connection fee.
  • Moving into a new home or building that wasn’t already connected to the NBN also means having to pay a development fee of $300 for the initial installation.

You likely already know that the NBN is steadily becoming available in more areas than it was at the start of the year. That prospect is exciting, but at the same time, we certainly don’t blame you if you’re still confused about the network. Some Australians are still unsure when they’re getting it in their area, not to mention undecided about the kind of connection they’ll want. Others, meanwhile, can’t think of why they’d want to connect to the NBN. 

 

If there’s one thing that Australians are wondering about most of all, though, it’s the cost. That’s understandable, too. After all, you may already be paying for a non-NBN connection, and whether it works well for you or not, you’re still wondering if it’s worth it to make the switch and get an NBN broadband plan instead. Given that, to try and lessen any confusion, here’s what you need to know about what an NBN installation and connection would cost. 

 

Is it free?

 

At its core, the NBN is meant to be a country-wide upgrade for Australia’s internet, so that people will have reliable internet wherever they go. Because of this, having the NBN installed at your home or business is free, as installing it is counted as an upgrade. 

 

After the NBN is installed, though, you can’t connect to and use it without going through an internet service provider first. For that, you’ll have to pay a connection fee. This can cost anywhere from $30 to $150 per month, depending on your speed tier, data allowance, and other extras you’ve chosen. 

 

There are a few cases where you’ll have to pay for the NBN installation, so they’re worth noting. Moving to a different address, needing additional equipment in your plan or additional connection points, or else having the connection fixed because there’s something wrong with it will mean paying for a technician to come out. Moving into a new home or building that wasn’t already connected to the NBN also means having to pay a development fee of $300 for the initial installation.

 

What happens during installation?

 

You could just receive a modem along with instructions for installing the connection yourself. However, some properties may need a technician to come out and configure it for the connection. While this is ongoing, you may experience some downtime, so don’t be surprised if your ISP offers you some form of backup service. 

 

What about plans? 

 

Depending on where you live or work, you’ll have access to different speeds and different types of connections, so, not surprisingly, some NBN plans will be faster than others. It may be tempting to choose the fastest NBN plans, but the truth is that not all of them will be available in your area. 

 

Don’t forget about the connection types, too. There are five types available, and these are Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), Fibre to the Building/Basement (FTTB), Fibre to the Curb (FTTC), Fibre to the Node (FTTN), and Hybrid-Fibre Coaxial (HFC). FTTP is the fastest, while FTTN is the slowest. What connection types are available in your area will also affect what speed tiers you’ll be able to access, not to mention how fast your internet will actually be.

 

As far as speed tiers go, NBN 25 is the standard speed, and it’s a good place to start if you’re just getting on the network and are just after casual browsing, social media, and other basic online activities like checking your email. NBN 25 plans typically cost anywhere from $45 to $65 per month.

 

However, if you work from home, want to stream high-definition videos, or like to get a little online gaming in now and then, consider an NBN 50 or NBN 100 plan. NBN 50 plans will cost $65 to $70 per month, while NBN 100 plans will cost anywhere from $80 to $105 per month.


Given all that, before you choose a plan, you’ll want to know which internet service providers are available in your area. From there, it’s a matter of looking at what plans they’re offering. If you’re worried about data allowances, you’re in luck - most NBN broadband plans offer unlimited data. Don’t forget about any perks and extras you may want.