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OptiComm Network Internet Plans Review

If you’ve moved into a housing estate recently, you might have realised you only have the choice of one internet network to use – Opticomm. This means there’s no research needed into what connection you need to have when you move in. This can be convenient, but is an Opticomm network plan good value? Find out at Canstar Blue.

While you likely have no choice about what network you can use if you’re in an Opticomm area, what you do have is the choice of provider and plan. This is where the tricky part starts, as not all providers have plans on the Opticomm network, just like some may not have NBN or ADSL plans. With the huge rise of affordable housing estates, Opticomm is fast becoming a premier private network in Australia, so it’s probably helpful to see what you can get even if you’re remotely thinking of moving into an estate.

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Internet providers on the OptiComm network

Some big internet providers aren’t on the Opticomm network, most notably Optus and Telstra, as they are probably content using their own current networks. The top internet providers that deliver plans on the Opticomm network are:

Before we jump into these providers’ plans, if you’re still shopping around for a new house in a housing estate, then it probably pays to know what Opticomm actually is.

What is OptiComm?

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Unlike the Government-run National Broadband Network, Opticomm is a private network wholesaler that services mainly housing estates around Australia. Internet providers can then buy bandwidth on the wholesale network and provide their own plans. Opticomm provides a fibre to the premises (FTTP) or VDSL (high speed cable) connection, which can deliver some pretty fast speeds. Different estates get different service charges and some providers may only operate in certain areas, so it may be worthwhile having a look to see if your provider services the estate.

How fast is OptiComm?

OptiComm has the same speed structure as the NBN, with four different speed tiers available. The download/upload speeds in megabits per second (Mbps) are:

  • 12Mbps downloads /1Mbps uploads
  • 25Mbps downloads /5Mbps uploads
  • 50Mbps downloads /20Mbps uploads
  • 100Mbps downloads /40Mbps uploads

Generally speaking, the faster max speed you desire, the more you can expect to pay. Keep in mind that 12/1 is probably what you’ll be achieving on an ADSL connection, so you may desire something a little faster.

Top OptiComm Broadband Providers

There are nine key providers offering Opticomm broadband plans, with plan pricing generally similar to what you find what ADSL and NBN connections, so Opticomm customers are no worse or better off than others. Prices generally start as low as around $30-$40, but for that you usually get a meagre amount of data.

Activ8Me OptiComm Plans

Activ8Me carries two different data plans, with four different speed tiers available, labelled ‘Standard’, ‘Sonic’, ‘Supersonic’ and ‘Hypersonic’ respectively.

  • 250GB from $49.95
  • Unlimited from $59.95

Note that to jump to Sonic costs $10 extra per month, Supersonic an extra $20 a month, while Hypersonic is another $30 per month.  This makes the dearest plan – unlimited data on the HyperSonic speed tier – cost $89.95 a month.

Activ8Me includes a Wi-Fi router with plan purchasing, as well as the choice of either a 12-month contract, 24-month contract, or no contract (but a $98 connection fee upfront).  Optional call packs can also be purchased from $5 extra a month.

Activ8me Opticomm Plans

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Unlimited Standard

  • Typical evening speeds: 10.5Mbps
  • $98 setup fee

min. cost $157.95 over one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $59.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Unlimited Sonic

  • Typical evening speeds: 23.1Mbps
  • $98 setup fee

min. cost $167.95 over one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Unlimited SuperSonic

  • Typical evening speeds: 46.3Mbps
  • $98 setup fee

min. cost $177.95 over one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $79.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Unlimited HyperSonic

  • Typical evening speeds: 88.2Mbps
  • $98 setup fee

min. cost $187.95 over one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Compare More Activ8Me Plans Here

iiNet OptiComm Plans

iiNet has four basic Opticomm plans – 50GB, 250GB, 500GB and 1000GB. There are three speed tiers to choose from – Basic (12/1Mbps), Boost (25/5Mbps), and Max (100/40Mbps).

  • 50GB with Basic speeds costs $59.90 per month, Boost speeds are $64.90, and Max speeds are $79.90.
  • 250GB Basic is $69.90 monthly, Boost is $74.90, and Max is priced at $89.90 per month.
  • 500GB plans start at $89.90 for Basic speeds, $94.90 for Boost speeds, and $109.90 for Max speeds.
  • Finally, 1000GB is priced at $99.90 for Basic, $104.90 for Boost, and $119.90 for Max speeds.

All plans have unlimited local and national landline calls included, and you can add on international or mobile calling packs from an extra $10 a month.

iiNet’s fibre plans are offered on a month-to-month basis with no lock-in contract, but you will need to pay a $79 activation fee. Plans also come with the option of adding Fetch TV from an additional $5 per month (plus $59.99 setup). Finally, if you need a modem, pre-configured WiFi modems are available from $59.95 upfront – but you’re always free to bring your own.

Although iiNet does offer a comprehensive range of fibre/OptiComm plans, they are overall more expensive than the telco’s NBN or ADSL plans. For comparison, a selection of iiNet’s naked DSL plans are listed in the table below.

iiNet ADSL Plans

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Liimitless Data

  • PAYG calls
  • Fetch included
  • Optional included modem ($10 delivery fee)

min. cost $1,919.76 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $79.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Liimitless Data

  • Unlimited standard local, national, and mobile calls to Australian numbers
  • Fetch included
  • Optional included modem ($10 delivery fee)

min. cost $2,159.76 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Internode OptiComm Plans

Internode – an iiNet subsidiary – offers four base data plans: 30GB, 300GB, 600GB and 1000GB. All four speed tiers are available, named after metals – Bronze (12/1Mbps), Silver (25/5Mbps), Gold (50/20Mbps), and Platinum (100/40Mbps).

  • 30GB plans start at $49.95 for Bronze, $54.95 for Silver, $64.95 for Gold, and $74.95 for Platinum.
  • 300GB plans are from $69.95 for Bronze, $74.95 for Silver, $84.95 for Gold, and $94.95 for Platinum.
  • 600GB from $89.95 for Bronze, $94.95 for Silver, $104.95 for Gold, and $114.95 for Platinum.
  • 1000GB from $99.95 for Bronze, $104.95 for Silver, $114.95 for Gold, and $124.95 for Platinum.

As with iiNet, all plans are offered on a month-to-month basis, but there’s no upfront setup costs (unlike you need to purchase a modem from Internode, from $59.95 outright). You’re able to customise your plan with extras such as Fetch TV, available from $10 per month plus $59.99 upfront.

Internode’s OptiComm options are extensive, but as with iiNet these plans are substantially more expensive than equivalent NBN connections. The below tables shows Internode’s current Easy Broadband ADSL2+ plans for comparison.

Internode ADSL2+ Plans

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Internode

500GB

  • $0 setup fee
  • Includes Node Line plan rental

min. cost $179.97 over three months

500GBMax Data**/billing period $59.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Internode

Unlimited

  • $0 setup fee
  • Includes NodeLine plan rental

min. cost $239.97 over three month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $79.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Exetel OptiComm Plans

Exetel has three base plans to choose from – 100GB, 500GB and Unlimited. The prices are $39.99, $49.99 and $54.99 respectively, and keep in mind that there are also three speed tiers to choose from – 12/1, 25/5 and 100/40. It seems to be a theme that most providers are skipping at least one speed tier. Speed boosts cost anywhere from $10 to $15 extra each time you jump to the next speed tier.

  • The most expensive plan you can expect would be unlimited data on Tier 4 speeds, which costs $89.99 a month

Beyond that you can also add on a call pack, which includes a modem, for $10 extra per month. This call pack includes all landline and mobile calls, as well as international calls to 10 countries. You can also just purchase a $59 modem and pay for it upfront if you wish. Note that the examples below are for NBN plans, but pricing seems to be identical.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Exetel

NBN Standard Plus Unlimited

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $79 set up fee upfront
  • Exetel ZTE modem included (valued at $140)

min. cost $143.99 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $64.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
Exetel

NBN Premium Unlimited

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • $79 set up fee upfront
  • Exetel ZTE modem included (valued at $140)

min. cost $168.99 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

iPrimus OptiComm Plans

iPrimus is one of the more popular providers on the Opticomm retailers list, but there is little specific pricing information as it varies wildly depending on your location. Its base NBN plans start at less than $45, which includes just 30GB on 12/1 speeds. Local and national calls are included in the package, and Fetch is available for an extra fee. Your estate may attract a higher or lower monthly plan charge than what’s on offer below, but it might be a good indicator about what you can expect to pay with iPrimus.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Unlimited Basic

  • Modem included on 24 month plan
  • $15 postage

min. cost $1,935 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Entertainment Basic

  • Includes Fetch Mini + premium channel pack
  • $55 activation fee + $15 postage

min. cost $2,230 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $90Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Harbour ISP OptiComm Plans

Harbour ISP has all four speed tiers available, and you simply get a choice of either 250GB or unlimited data. Unlimited data carries a $10 extra monthly charge on any plan you see below:

  • 12/1 – $49
  • 25/5 – $59
  • 50/20 – $79
  • 100/40 – $89

Beyond these charges, you can also add on a home phone pack using a VoIP service. Unlimited calls to just landlines costs an extra $10, while the mobile package is an extra $20. You can purchase a static IP for $10 as well. Three contract terms are available – 12 and 24 months, and no contract. The no contract option costs $99 in set-up fees. Plans come with a free router, or you can upgrade from $70. Below are the prices for Harbour’s NBN plans, but it is pretty similar across the board.

Leaptel OptiComm Plans

Leaptel is one of the only providers in this list to explicitly offer ‘Opticomm plans’, and they are pretty competitive. There are two base data levels on offer – 250GB or unlimited. This is in combination with four speed tiers at play. The cheapest plan on offer is $49.95, in which you get 250GB on 12/1 speeds, while the dearest is $99.95 where you get unlimited data on 100/40 speeds.

  • No matter your contract option, Opticomm plans attract a $69 set-up fee
  • There is a free router on offer, or you can BYO or purchase one from an extra $5 per month
  • Phone call packs are available from an extra $9.95 a month

Leaptel is one of the more competitive and straightforward providers in this list. The relatively new telco also has a 10% speed guarantee and promises to not over-subscribe the network so you stand a more likely chance of not getting a congested network.

Compare More Leaptel Plans Here

Telesurf OptiComm Plans

Telesurf is a pretty small telco based out of Sydney and offers four base Opticomm plans – 50GB, 100GB, 400GB and Unlimited. The prices for these data levels are:

  • 50GB: $39
  • 100GB: $44
  • 400GB: $49
  • Unlimited: $59

Beyond that you also have a choice of all four speed tiers, with speed jumps available from an extra $5-$15 per month. For example, the most expensive plan costs $99 a month, and you get unlimited data on 100/40 speeds. Also note that the 50GB data option disappears for the two fastest speed tiers – probably because you would chew through it in an instant! All Telesurf plans come on a 12 month contract and attract a $99 set-up fee. A phone plan is also available for $9.95 a month in which you get local and national landline calls included, with various rates for international calls.

Compare More Telesurf Plans Here

What is the best provider on the OptiComm network?

This is wildly dependent on what estate you live in and what your specific needs are, but each provider provides something different. In many cases providers’ plans are identical to their NBN plans, or at least very similar. If you’re on the Opticomm network, you likely won’t feel the sting too much from these providers. However, it pays to compare them all, as well as with a range of other, smaller providers that also use Opticomm.

Top NBN Plans Compared

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