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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 several different speed tiers available. The most common 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.

Aussie Broadband OptiComm Plans

Popular NBN provider Aussie Broadband has grown its internet offerings to include a range of OptiComm internet plans across eight different speeds:  12/1, 25/10, 50/20, 75/20, 100/12, 100/40, 250/50 and Home Ultrafast (1000Mbps upload). Prices start at $59 per month, on a month-to-month plan, and go up to $149 per month for the Home Ultrafast plan. All plans come with unlimited data.

Plans are BYO modem by default, but Aussie Broadband supplies modems with prices starting at $249. If you choose the Home Ultrafast speed, it’s recommended you upgrade to a more powerful modem capable of reaching those speeds, which you can pick up from Aussie Broadband starting at $369.

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

Basic OptiComm

  • 12/1 speed tier
  • Optional modem from $249 ($15 P&H)

min. cost $59 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $59Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site

Casual OptiComm

  • 25/10 speed tier
  • Optional modem from $249 ($15 P&H)

min. cost $69 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site

Everyday OptiComm

  • 50/20 speed tier
  • Optional modem from $249 ($15 P&H)

min. cost $79 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $79Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site

Family OptiComm

  • 100/20 speed tier
  • Optional modem from $249 ($15 P&H)

min. cost $99 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Activ8Me OptiComm Plans

Activ8Me offers either a 250GB plan or unlimited data with four different speed tiers available, labelled ‘Standard’, ‘Sonic’, ‘Supersonic’ and ‘Hypersonic’ respectively. You can choose between a month-to-month plan or 6-month contract. A month-to-month plan includes a $98 setup fee, while a 6-month plan requires you to pay an early termination fee of $150. You can choose to either BYO modem or add on a modem with prices starting at $110.

  • 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 (excluding setup fees).

Activ8me Opticomm Plans

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

  • 12Mbps speed tier
  • $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

  • 25Mbps speed tier
  • $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

  • 50Mbps speed tier
  • $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

  • 100Mbps speed tier
  • $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

iiNet OptiComm Plans

iiNet has four basic Opticomm plans, also referred to as FTTH (Fibre to the Home) – 50GB, 250GB, 500GB and 1000GB. There are three speed tiers to choose from – Basic (12/1Mbps), Boost (25/5Mbps), and Max (100/40Mbps). If you want unlimited data, you’ll need to look elsewhere as unlimited data on OptiComm plans isn’t currently offered by iiNet.

  • 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.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Basic 500GB

  • Basic 12/1 speed tier
  • Optional $59.95 modem ($10 delivery fee)

min. cost $168.90 over first month

500GBMax Data**/billing period $89.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Boost 500GB

  • Boost 25/5 speed tier
  • Optional $59.95 modem ($10 delivery fee)

min. cost $173.90 over first month

500GBMax Data**/billing period $94.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Max 500GB

  • Max 100/40 speed tier
  • Optional $59.95 modem ($10 delivery fee)

min. cost $188.90 over first month

500GBMax Data**/billing period $109.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Internode OptiComm Plans

Internode – an iiNet subsidiary – offers its OptiComm plans (Fibre Estates Broadband Plans) as four base data plans: 30GB, 300GB, 600GB and 1000GB. There are four speed tiers are available – 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 (unless you need to purchase a modem from Internode, from $59.95 outright). You’re able to customise your plan with extras such as Fetch, available from $10 per month plus $59.99 upfront.

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

Bronze 600GB

  • 12/1 speed tier
  • $0 setup fee

min. cost $89.95 over first month

600GBMax Data**/billing period $89.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
Internode

Silver 600GB

  • 25/5 speed tier
  • $0 setup fee

min. cost $94.95 over first month

600GBMax Data**/billing period $94.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
Internode

Gold 600GB

  • 50/20 speed tier
  • $0 setup fee

min. cost $104.95 over first month

600GBMax Data**/billing period $104.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
Internode

Platinum 600GB

  • 100/40 speed tier
  • $0 setup fee

min. cost $114.95 over first month

600GBMax Data**/billing period $114.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Exetel OptiComm Plans

Exetel has three plans to choose from at three different speed tiers – 12/1, 25/5 and 100/40 – all with unlimited data. Prices start at $59 for a Fibre 12 plan, $69 for Fibre 25 and $99 for Fibre 100. All plans are month-to-month and with an activation fee of $99 upfront.

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 12 countries. You can also just purchase a $79 modem and pay for it upfront if you wish.

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

Unlimited Fibre12

  • 12Mbps speed tier
  • $99 set up fee upfront

min. cost $237 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $59Advertised Data^^/billing period
Exetel

Unlimited Fibre25

  • 25Mbps speed tier
  • $99 set up fee upfront

min. cost $247 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69Advertised Data^^/billing period
Exetel

Unlimited Fibre100

  • 100Mbps speed tier
  • $99 set up fee upfront

min. cost $198 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $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. It generally charges the same as its NBN plans, but if you have OptiComm in your area, it’s worth checking your address on the iPrimus site for more accurate pricing. For a Fibre 25 plan, you’ll pay $65 per month with 250GB data, Fibre 50 is an additional $5 for a speed boost and for a speed boost to Fibre 100, it’s an extra $20. Adding unlimited data will set you back an extra $5 per month on either speed tier.

Call packs are available for an extra $10-$20 per month, and Fetch is available for an additional $10. Month-to-month plans include a $99 setup fee, while 12-month plans don’t include a setup 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 Fibre 25

  • 25Mbps speed tier
  • $99 setup fee on month-to-month plans

min. cost $189 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Unlimited Fibre 50

  • 50Mbps speed tier
  • $99 setup fee on month-to-month plans

min. cost $194 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $75Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Unlimited Fibre 100

  • 100Mbps speed tier
  • $99 setup fee on month-to-month plans

min. cost $209 over first month

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

Harbour ISP OptiComm Plans

Harbour ISP has three speed tiers available — 12Mbps, 50Mbps and 100Mbps — all with unlimited data included. Prices for Harbour ISP’s OptiComm plans are:

  • OptiComm12 – $59
  • OptiComm50 – $69
  • OptiComm100 – $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 – month-to-month, 12 and 24 months. The no-contract option costs an additional $99 in set-up fees. Plans come with a free router, or you can upgrade from $70.

Leaptel OptiComm Plans

Leaptel had previously only explicitly offered ‘Opticomm plans’, but have expanded to include NBN. You’ll be able to choose from six different download speed plans with upload speed boosts available on three plans. The speed tier you choose determines which data inclusion you’ll get access to — Basic 12/1 speed only has 100GB data available, while Accelerated 50/20 speed tier has unlimited data only.

  • Basic 12/1 (100GB data) — $49.95
  • Pronto 25/5 (250GB data) — $59.95 (unlimited data additional $10)
  • Accelerated 50/20 (unlimited data) — $79.95
  • Full Throttle 100/20 (unlimited data) — $89.95 (40Mbps upload boost additional $10)
  • Turbo Boost 250/25 (unlimited data) — $129 (100Mbps upload boost additional $80)
  • Super Sonic 1000/50 (unlimited data) — $149 (400Mbps upload boost additional $180)

 

No matter your contract option, whether its month-to-month or 24 months, Opticomm plans include a $76 upfront setup fee. Adding on a router will cost $150 with $20 postage and phone call packs are available from an extra $9.95 a month for the basic pack with national landline calls included, while the $19.95 package includes national landline and mobile numbers. You can also choose a static IP address for an additonal $10 per month.

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.

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