• Australia’s telco industry is currently dominated by four major service providers—Optus, Telstra, TPG, and Vocus Communications.
  • There are also smaller telcos with plans that can easily rival what these industry giants offer, sometimes with even better value and cheaper prices.
  • If you’re willing to look past the major industry players, you’ll be surprised at how small-time NBN providers can compete on the same level, sans the premium prices.

Australia’s telco industry is currently dominated by four major service providers—Optus, Telstra, TPG, and Vocus Communications. But, you probably don’t know that there are also smaller telcos with plans that can easily rival what these industry giants offer, sometimes with even better value and cheaper prices. 

It is particularly true with the launch of the government-owned NBN network that has enabled these small players to compete in the market. In the last few years, several small ISPS have surfaced, albeit some of them are operating under these big companies. In this article, we’re taking a look at some you’ve probably never heard of and compare the deals they have on offer. 

Tangerine Telecom 

Tangerine, by far, offers some of the cheapest entry-level plans in Australia. Its highlight service features include a 14-day risk-free trial, quality service and support, and online sign-up technology. 

Its plans come on a lock-in contract with a $0 set-up fee and the option to add a modem. It means you can sign up for one of their NBN plans with minimised upfront costs and no cancellation fees in case you terminate its service. Below are some of the NBN plans they offer: 

Standard Speed

  • 25Mbps typical evening speed 
  • Unlimited data
  • $44.90/month for the first six months, then $59.90 ongoing 

XL Speed Boost

  • 50Mbps typical evening speed 
  • Unlimited data
  • $54.90/month for the first six months, then $69.90 ongoing

MyRepublic 

MyRepublic is a telco company that has expanded its operations from South East Asia to Australia, where it provides a range of fuss-free NBN unlimited data plans. With a month-to-month contract, you can either have a BYO modem or pay $69 upfront for the modem they provide. 

You also have the option to add $10 per month to your plan to get unlimited calls to Australian landlines and mobiles. Below is a selection of MyRepublic NBN plans to consider: 

MyRepublic Unlimited NBN Standard

  • 15Mbps typical evening speed 
  • $59/month 
  • 1-month contract 
  • BYO modem or included AC1600 rental modem for $1 on a 12-month contract 

MyRepublic Unlimited NBN Essential

  • 43Mbps typical evening speed
  • $69/month
  • 1-month contract
  • BYO modem or included AC1600 rental modem for $1 on a 12-month contract

Exetel 

Exetel is another small service provider with fairly cheap NBN plans: NBN 25, NBN 50, and NBN 100 that costs $69, $79, and $99 per month, respectively. These plans come with unlimited data and a free modem at a no lock-in contract. But, the catch is, if you leave within the first six months, you’ll have to pay $79 for it. Check out more details about their plans. 

Exetel NBN 25

  • 20Mbps typical evening speed 
  • Pre-configured WiFi modem 
  • Free activation 
  • $69/month 

Exetel NBN 50

  • 48Mbps typical evening speed 
  • Pre-configured WiFi modem 
  • $50/month for 6 months, then $79 ongoing 

Exetel NBN 100

  • 95Mbps typical evening speed 
  • Pre-configured WiFi modem 
  • $89/month for 6 months, then $99 ongoing 

Sumo Broadband

You might be more familiar with Sumo as an electricity and gas provider. But, it has diversified its operations to offer a range of NBN plans at affordable rates. All plans boast unlimited data at no lock-in contracts, an optional modem for $129 upfront, and $0 setup fee. You also get a discount when you bundle your internet with your utilities, making Sumo a one-stop-shop. Check out some of the NBN plans it offers: 

Sumo Simple

  • 20Mbps typical evening speed 
  • $70/month 

Sumo Savvy

  • 40Mbps typical evening speed 
  • $85/month 

Sumo Premium

  • 80Mbps typical evening speed 
  • $105/month 

Uniti Wireless 

Uniti takes pride in offering fast yet affordable broadband connection. It offers NBN 25 plans with unlimited data on a 12 or 24-month contract. It also offers other great bundles like home phone plans with VoIP. Other than that, they also have a home wireless 4G internet. 

NBN 25 Broadband Plan

  • 25Mbps typical evening speed 
  • 12-month or 24-month lock-in contract 
  • $59.95/month 

The Best Small NBN Provider 

True, the biggest service providers in Australia offer some of the best and most reliable NBN deals. However, if you’re willing to look past these major industry players, you’ll be surprised at how these small-time NBN providers can compete on the same level, sans the premium prices. 

Therefore, when shopping for an NBN plan, consider all your options before deciding where to spend your money.

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