Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet approved to go live Australia wide

Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet technology is now available to order Australia-wide, including in major cities, after it was granted approval from the Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA).

Previously the Starlink internet beta was only operating in regional Victoria and NSW, but with approval from the ACMA, nothing is stopping it from now going Australia-wide. The only clause in this agreement is that the Starlink satellite network must not operate within 70 kilometres of the Murchison Radioastronomy Observatory, which is located in Western Australia. This is so that the network of low-orbit Starlink satellites won’t interfere with the operations of the observatory, so it’s a very welcome condition in the ACMA licence.

What is Starlink?

Starlink is a program run by Elon Musk’s space transportation company SpaceX, with the intention to provide broadband internet all over the world through an array of low-orbit satellites. Starlink internet is beamed into your home with the installation of a satellite dish, with only a single plan available ($139 per month for unlimited data) although this is subject to change. When released, it’ll be an alternative to the NBN in Australia, along with other internet types across the world.

When will Starlink be fully available in Australia?

Although Starlink is now available to pre-order Australia-wide, it’s still in beta, and as such it’s still having problems worked out – and still not actually available to most users outside of regional Victoria and NSW. Beta testers can expect occasional downtime and inconsistencies with their connection as it’s improved, with a release date projected for the end of 2021. That being said, that’s a global release date for an ambitious service, so don’t be surprised if it gets delayed.

If you’re more than excited about getting on board with Starlink, nothing should stop you from getting involved with the Starlink internet beta, or pre-ordering the service, no matter where you live in Australia. While only regional NSW and Victoria are able to sign up for beta testing with Starlink right now, if you’ve got the money to spend and want an alternative to the NBN or wireless broadband, pre-ordering Starlink is certainly an option to consider.

If you need an internet solution right now in Australia, check out the NBN plans in the table below. Even if you’re on the NBN right now, prices, discounts and inclusions are constantly changing, so it’s worth comparing NBN plans from time to time to make sure you’re getting the best value.

Unlimited Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100) Plans

The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Unlimited Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) Plans

The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of monthly cost, from lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Unlimited Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25) Plans

The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Unlimited Basic Evening Speed (NBN 12) Plans

The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Basic Evening Speed (NBN 12) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Should I get Starlink?

Right now while it’s in beta, it’s difficult to say if Starlink is worth your time if you need a consistent internet connection, especially considering that Australia is mostly covered by internet solutions such as the NBN, NBN SkyMuster, ADSL and wireless broadband. Just for now, Starlink seems to only be for die-hards and those that want to get involved in the beta, and who happen to be located in areas where coverage is available.

That being said, users report high speeds for Starlink, usually between 50Mbps and 150Mbps, which is well above the highest speeds that NBN SkyMuster can reach (25Mbps). Offering unlimited data for $139 per month, plus $809 for the setup kit, it’s a noticeable jump in quality and price from a standard SkyMuster plan (usually priced around $60). We’ll wait and see how Starlink performs after its beta period to see if it’s worth your time, but for now it’s worth waiting.

Elon Musk has also stressed that Starlink is intended for people who don’t have consistent access to the internet where they currently live, meaning it’ll work better in sparsely populated areas rather than crowded cities. So even if you’re a die-hard, you’d also have to be living outside of a city.

For now, if you’re considering an alternative to the NBN, it’s worth picking up a home wireless broadband plan. Australians aren’t exactly spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a type of internet technology, so although home wireless broadband is typically slower, often data-capped and less consistent, it’s worth a look if you’ve been burned by the NBN. You can find home wireless broadband plans in the table below.

iiNet Wireless Broadband Plans

The following table shows a selection of published iiNet home wireless broadband plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of their standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest. 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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Home Wireless Broadband Liimitless Plan

  • Up to 20Mbps speed
  • $0 set up fees and no lock-in contract
  • $0 premium WiFi modem
  • Special offer: one month plan fees free. Terms apply.

min. cost $59.99 over one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $59.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

TPG Wireless Broadband Plans

The following table shows a selection of published TPG home wireless broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest. 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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Home Wireless Broadband Unlimited Plan

  • Up to 20Mbps speeds
  • $0 setup fee with no lock-in contract
  • $0 home wireless modem
  • Special offer: First month plan fees free. Terms apply.

min. cost $54.99 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $54.99Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go to Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Optus 4G Home Internet Plans

The following table shows a selection of Optus 4G Home Internet plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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4G Home Internet Lite 200GB (24 Months)

  • Includes: B818 Modem
  • Cost of 1MB included data is $0.0003
  • Available in selected areas

min. cost $1,416 over 24 month plan period

200GBMax Data**/billing period $59Advertised Cost^^/billing period Link to provider unavailable
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4G Home Internet Lite 200GB (Month-to-Month)

  • $216 upfront modem cost for B818 Modem
  • Cost of 1MB included data is $0.0003
  • Available in selected areas

min. cost $275 (incl. $216 modem cost) over first month plan period

200GBMax Data**/billing period $59Advertised Cost^^/billing period Link to provider unavailable
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4G Home Internet Everyday 500GB (24 Month)

  • Includes: B818 Modem
  • Cost of 1MB included data is $0.0002
  • Available in selected areas

min. cost $1,656 over 24 month plan period

500GBMax Data**/billing period $69Advertised Cost^^/billing period Link to provider unavailable
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4G Home Internet Everyday 500GB (Month-to-Month)

  • $216 upfront modem cost for B818 Modem
  • Cost of 1MB included data is $0.0002
  • Available in selected areas

min. cost $285 (incl. $216 modem cost) over first month plan period

500GBMax Data**/billing period $69Advertised Cost^^/billing period Link to provider unavailable
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Southern Phone Wireless Broadband Plans

The following table shows a selection of published Southern Phone wireless broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Home Wireless 50

  • $79 upfront WiFi modem
  • Optus 4G wireless broadband network

min. cost $1,279 over 24 month plan period

200GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Cost^^/billing period Link to provider unavailable
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Home Wireless 70

  • $79 upfront WiFi modem
  • Optus 4G wireless broadband network

min. cost $1,759 over 24 month plan period

500GBMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Cost^^/billing period Link to provider unavailable
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Tangerine Wireless Broadband Plans

The following table shows a selection of published Tangerine wireless broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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200GB Plan

  • Optus 4G Plus Network coverage
  • Optional modem from $259.90 upfront
  • Special offer: $59.90 per month for first 6 months, then $69.90 ongoing

min. cost $59.90 over first month

200GBMax Data**/billing period $69.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period Link to provider unavailable
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500GB Plan

  • Optus 4G Plus Network coverage
  • Optional modem from $259.90 upfront
  • Special offer: $69.90 per month for first 6 months, then $79.90 ongoing

min. cost $69.90 over first month

500GBMax Data**/billing period $79.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period Link to provider unavailable
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1000GB Plan

  • Optus 4G Plus Network coverage
  • Optional modem from $259.90 upfront
  • Special offer: $89.90 per month for first 6 months, then $99.90 ongoing

min. cost $99.90 over first month

1000GBMax Data**/billing period $99.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period Link to provider unavailable
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

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