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Types of Internet connections in Cairns

Searching for the best broadband internet plan and provider  for your Cairns home? Cairns is home to many different internet connections, including ADSL2+, NBN, Cable, and Home Wireless. Cairns is also home to all the major Australian internet service providers (or ISPs for short), including Aussie Broadband, iiNet, iPrimus, Belong, Dodo, MyRepublic, TPG, and of course, Telstra and Optus. Each of these Cairns broadband providers offers a wide array of different internet deals, ranging in price, data and contract length. In fact, there’s such a wide selection, it can sometimes be a little daunting! In a nutshell, different internet connections are optimal to different locations, so where your home is happens to be a very important factor when finding the best broadband plan for you. For example, your house might be equipped for an ADSL connection, which means that it is not yet NBN ready. Conversely, if your area has already received an NBN upgrade, it means you will no longer be able to receive ADSL connections in your home. Thankfully, at Compare Broadband, we’ve worked out the best way to streamline the process, and simplify the act of getting you connected to the best provider and plan for you. Enter your details into our search engine above to get cracking!

NBN

NBN uses fibre optic cables that can provide super fast and reliable internet to your home.

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ADSL2+

ADSL2 is the most widely available internet connection and gives you access to speeds up to 24Mbps.

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Cable

Cable broadband connections are delivered over a dedicated cable from the exchange to your home.

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Home Wireless

Home Wireless broadband can run up to 20 times faster than an NBN 100Mbps connection.

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Types of NBN connections in Cairns

The NBN is a multi-technology mix, which means NBN home connections differ from region to region. Some of the several different types of NBN connection types found in Cairns include Fixed Wireless, Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), Hybrid Fibre-Coaxial (HFC), Fibre to the Basement (FTTB), and Fibre to the Curb (FTTP). Each connection works differently, (something you can read more about here), and honestly, some connections work a little better than others. Unfortunately, you do not get to choose what NBN connection type you are given, it depends on where you live. This unpopular policy (which has since been scornfully dubbed the NBN lottery) was set in place by the NBN Co, the government organization in charge of both the rollout and the maintenance of the NBN. As the NBN Co have a monopoly of the the NBN’s operation, there’s not much you can do about getting a different NBN connection, short of moving house - but you can still get a decent NBN performance out of lesser NBN connection by choosing an NBN package that has a good amount of data and a higher speed tier.

If your home does not currently have NBN service, you shouldn’t have too long to wait. The NBN Co have cited that the much delayed NBN Australian rollout is finally set to be fully completed by the end of 2020. For a fast and free NBN check of your address, use our NBN rollout map below. Be sure to enter your full and accurate address for best results. The map will tell you roughly when you can expect to receive your upgrade, and will also tell you which NBN connection type the NBN Co has designated to your area. If your home is already connected to the NBN network, you can compare the best NBN plans in Cairns here.

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Fibre to the premises / home

When the NBN project initially commenced, the government at the time intended to roll out fibre optic cabling all the way up to your home or business property. This type of connection is call Fibre to the premises/home

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Fibre to the node

Mid-way through the NBN roll-out, a change in Government leadership saw some funding constraints which lead to a slightly different roll-out approach for the NBN. This approach involves an amalgamation of original copper systems and fibre optic systems. This is referred to as Fibre to the node (FTTN).

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Fixed wireless connection

In some cases - particularly in remote locations - it would be impractical or too expensive to physically connect a property to the fibre-optic network. In such cases properties will be connected by a wireless network. This is referred to as a Fixed Wireless NBN connection.

Belong broadband provider logo
Broadband Only
Unlimited Data
50 Mbps (Standard Plus Speed)
12 Months
$65/Month
Min total cost $780
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TPG broadband provider logo
Broadband + Home Phone
10 GB
12 Mbps (Basic Speed)
Month to month
$29.99/Month
Min total cost $159.94
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TPG broadband provider logo
Broadband + Home Phone
10 GB
12 Mbps (Basic Speed)
6 Months
$29.99/Month
Min total cost $209.94
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Tangerine Telecom broadband provider logo
Broadband Only
Unlimited
25 Mbps (Standard Speed)
Month to month
$44.90/Month
$44.90 for first 6 months, then $59.90 ongoing
Min total cost $44.90
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Dodo broadband provider logo
Broadband + Home Phone
101 GB
Up to  20 Mbps
Month to month
$50/Month
Min total cost $258
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Dodo broadband provider logo
Broadband + Home Phone
101 GB
Up to  20 Mbps
12 Months
$50/Month
Min total cost $600
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Tangerine Telecom broadband provider logo
Broadband Only
Unlimited
50 Mbps (Standard Plus Speed)
Month to month
$54.90/Month
$54.90 for first 6 months, then $69.90 ongoing
Min total cost $54.90
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Uniti Wireless broadband provider logo
Broadband Only
200 GB
12 Mbps (Basic Speed)
Month to month
$58.50/Month
Min total cost $278.45
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Uniti Wireless broadband provider logo
Broadband Only
200 GB
12 Mbps (Basic Speed)
12 Months
$58.50/Month
Min total cost $821.95
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Results explained

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FAQs

How to choose the best NBN plan for you?

There are various NBN plans available in the market now from different providers. To choose the best NBN plan for you, you need to be able to define the speed and data that you need. You can base this on your internet activities, as well as the number of people simultaneously having the need to connect to your home network. Generally, the more intensive your internet activities are such as streaming or online gaming, the higher the speed and data that you need. In the same manner, if there are several users having the need to connect to your network at the same time, then you should go for an NBN plan in the higher speed tier, offering unlimited data.

What are the best value NBN plans?

The best value NBN plans are those that render to the typical evening speed they promised regardless of the speed tier that you go for. The most cost-effective NBN plans are also those that offer unlimited data because then, you won’t have to closely monitor your data usage to ensure that you are not going over your limit. If you do, then there is a great chance for you to be charged with a hefty sum on top of your monthly fee. The best NBN plans are also easy on the budget because they come with bundles or deals that are otherwise more costly to acquire.

What are the cheapest NBN plans in Cairns?

Heavy Use:

  • Tangerine (Speed: 92Mbps) - $74.90 per month, unlimited data, no-contract term
  • SpinTel (Speed: 100Mbps) - $74 per month, unlimited data, no-contract term
  • Dodo (Speed: 92Mbps) - $72 per month, unlimited data, no-contract term
Medium Use:
  • Tangerine (Speed: 50Mbps) - $54.90 per month, unlimited data, no-contract term
  • Kogan (Speed: 50Mbps) - $63.90 per month, unlimited data, no-contract term
  • Exetel (Speed: 48Mbps) - $50 per month, unlimited data, no-contract term
Light Use:
  • Tangerine (Speed: 25Mbps) - $44.90 per month, unlimited data, no-contract term
  • SpinTel (Speed: 25Mbps) - $49 per month, unlimited data, no-contract term
  • Kogan (Speed: 25Mbps) - $57.90 per month, unlimited data, no-contract term

Do I need a new modem to connect to the NBN?

The need for a new modem to connect to the NBN depends on a couple of factors. While you may not have the need for a new modem, you must at least ensure that your existing one is compatible with the NBN. Rest assured that if your modem is one of the newer models, then there is a great chance that it is NBN-compatible. This is particularly true if your modem is provided by your chosen internet service provider.

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