Best NBN Satellite Plans

If you’re living in regional or rural Australia, your choices for an internet plan are pretty limited. Not only do you have fewer choices of types of internet connection than Aussies living in cities, but there are also fewer plans on offer. Thankfully, NBN Satellite plans are available in parts of regional and rural Australia with Sky Muster NBN, a type of wireless internet that relies on two satellites above Australia to transmit your data to the world wide web.

But what plans and providers are actually available through NBN Satellite, and how much do they cost? Find out in this Canstar Blue guide.

What is NBN satellite?

NBN Satellite is internet serviced through orbital satellites – in Australia, this is serviced through two Sky Muster NBN satellites. Satellite internet plans require you to have a satellite dish installed on your property to receive and transmit data, and is primarily used to service households in remote areas where traditional fixed line NBN isn’t available.

What is the best NBN satellite plan?

What determines the ‘best’ NBN satellite plan will come down to your needs, with factors such as price, data inclusions, speeds and contract periods all factoring in to the equation. As it’s a smaller market, there isn’t much that separates plans and providers, although it’s still best to look into all of the inclusions to determine which fits your needs best.

The following table shows selected published NBN Satellite plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Sky Muster 175GB Sonic

  • Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25)
  • 45GB peak / 130GB off peak

min. cost $44.95 over one month

175GBMax Data**/billing period $44.95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Sky Muster Standard Plan

  • Standard (NBN 25)
  • 60GB peak / 190GB off peak

min. cost $64.99 over one month

250GBMax Data**/billing period $64.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
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Sky Muster Plus

  • Standard (NBN 25/5)
  • 512/256Kbps max download and upload speed during peak hours
  • 2048/512Kbps max download and upload speed during off-peak hours
  • Data limited to 50GB per month for video streaming and VPN use

min. cost $69.95 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Satellite Medium

  • Standard (NBN 25)
  • 100GB peak / 100GB off peak

min. cost $130 for one month billing period

200GBMax Data**/billing period $130Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Rocket 25/5

  • Standard (NBN 25)
  • 150GB peak / 150GB off peak
  • $15 one-off cost

min. cost $3,240 over 24 month billing period

300GBMax Data**/billing period $135Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Are unlimited NBN Satellite plans available?

Yes and no. While plans with unlimited data perks like Sky Mesh’s Sky Muster Plus plans exist, they aren’t truly unlimited like plans on fixed line NBN connections typically are. Rather, some satellite NBN plans can offer unmetered connections on a variety of services. For Sky Mesh’s Sky Muster Plus plans, as an example, all content is unmetered, except for video streaming content (like with Netflix or Stan) and any content while using a VPN. Make sure you check with your NBN provider to make sure you’re getting the right plan for your needs.

What is Sky Muster Plus?

Sky Muster Plus is an upgraded version of Sky Muster that can provide faster speeds when the network isn’t being strained. Sky Muster Plus plans can reach maximum download speeds of up to 50Mbps (standard Sky Muster offers maximum speeds of 25Mbps), and also offer some “essential services” as unmetered (meaning using them won’t contribute to your data allowance), like emails, basic images and text, and operating system updates. On a Sky Muster Plus plan, these things will not contribute to your on-peak or off-peak data allowance.

Sky Muster Plus is a good way of making sure you don’t exceed your data allowance when you use essential services, but you should keep on top of what is and isn’t unmetered, just so you don’t run through your plan.

What is data shaping?

Some internet applications (such as online gaming, cloud storage and software updates) may be “shaped” by NBN Co during the hours of 4pm and 11pm, meaning your internet connection to these services may be forcibly slowed so that bandwidth can be shared equally among other NBN satellite users.

Can I get Starlink internet?

Starlink – another satellite internet provider – is still in its beta version in Australia, although it has been approved by the ACMA, and is currently taking pre-orders. However, there is currently no set release date, meaning if you’re looking for a NBN Satellite alternative, you may have to wait a bit longer.

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