• 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 comparing the deals they have on offer. 

Tangerine Telecom 

Tangerine, 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, pay upfront, or $10 per month over 24 months 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 nbn™ Standard Plus Plan

  • 50Mbps typical evening speed 
  • $59/month 
  • no contract term
  • $0 Setup Fee

MyRepublic nbn™ Home Fast Plan

  • 93Mbps typical evening speed
  • $69/month
  • no contract term
  • $0 Setup Fee
  • 30 Day Happiness Guarantee

Exetel 

Exetel is another small service provider with fairly cheap NBN plans. Their plans come with unlimited data at a no lock-in contract. Check out more details about their plans. 

Exetel Everyday nbn25

  • 25Mbps typical evening speed 
  • Optimised for streaming & speed rated by Netflix
  • Option to add Unlimited Home Phone (VoIP) for $10/mth 
  • Available subject to qualification on Exetel's website. Price may vary depending on your location
  • $55/month 

Exetel Extra-value nbn50

  • 48Mbps typical evening speed 
  • Optimised for streaming & speed rated by Netflix
  • Option to add Unlimited Home Phone (VoIP) for $10/mth
  • Available subject to qualification on Exetel's website. Price may vary depending on your location 
  • $65/month for 6 months, then $75 ongoing 

Exetel Family nbn100/20

  • 97Mbps typical evening speed 
  • Optimised for streaming & speed rated by Netflix
  • Option to add Unlimited Home Phone (VoIP) for $10/mth
  • Available subject to qualification on Exetel's website. Price may vary depending on your location
  • $80/month for 6 months, then $95 ongoing 

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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