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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.
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What is Cable Broadand?
Cable Broadband is a form of internet technology that delivers your data through a cable. It is typically the same coaxial cable as used for cable television (or “Pay TV”, as it is more commonly referred to in Australia). Providers will often offer a deal where you can get cable broadband and a Pay TV subscription in the same nifty package, though some customers choose to go solely with the Cable broadband. Cable broadband is not universally available in as many places as ADSL and ADSL2+ broadband, but it has become increasingly common in major Australian metropolitan cities.
How fast is Cable Broadband?
Cable broadband is great for customers who want a faster internet connection with speeds of up to 30Mbps possible in some areas. If you live in one of the major Australian cities such as Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, you’ll find that some internet service providers (ISPs) will often offer you a speed boost if you can pay extra, which can get you to get speeds up to 100Mbps, which ranks among some of the current fastest achievable internet connections speeds in Australia (excluding the NBN).
Does Cable Broadband come with a Home Phone Service?
It does if you want it to! When shopping around for cable broadband plans, you will need to decide on whether or not you also want a home phone service. Optus Cable Broadband offers customers the choice of bundling their line rental or going 'Naked' and just ordering a broadband plan. As mentioned above, 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, as an ADSL modem will not work on a cable connection.
How much is Cable Broadband?
Like every other variety of internet broadband, there’s a sliding scale of price, which is a good thing, because it offers you more choice. On average, something like a Month to Month Telstra Cable broadband plan will cost around $70-$90 a month for (100 GB or Unlimited Data, respectively) with up to 50 Mbps. If you want something even cheaper, you can find plans as low as $39.99 a month, like the Cable Ultra Broadband from iiNet, which will offer you Unlimited data with up to 200 Mbps.
What is the best Cable Broadband plan?
Unfortunately there’s no blanket answer for that, because the best cable broadband plan for someone else may not be the best cable broadband plan for you. It ultimately boils down to how much data you want and need, how much money you want to spend per month, and whether you want a 12 month contract plan, a 24 month contract plan, or a Month to Month plan. Telstra and OptusOptus are the main cable broadband providers in Australia, and many customers will sometimes favour opting for one of the larger Telco companies, because of brand recognition, track record, and the deals and facilities that a bigger internet service provider can often provide. However, you may opt to go for a comparatively smaller broadband cable company (such as the aforementioned iiNet), if they can offer you a deal that better suits you budget and desired data usage. And if you’re ever unsure about what the best plan and provider for you is going to be, then...
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