Consumers won’t pay more for NBN: WhistleOut

Telstra and Optus prices for certain plans are on par with those for NBN

Consumers will not be paying extra for the National Broadband Network (NBN) than what they currently pay on their existing high-speed cable, according to comparison website WhistleOut.

In a review of both Telstra and Optus broadband prices for the NBN, WhistleOut revealed consumers will not be paying more for the high-speed broadband service they currently receive in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Both telcos offer limited distribution of hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) cable that run up to 100 megabits per second (Mbps) downstream and 2 Mbps upstream in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

As it stands, the current HFC Optus plan for 120 gigabytes (GB) of usage is $69.99, which is the same price for the NBN with a faster upload speed at 100Mbps down / 40Mbps upload.

Meanwhile, Telstra’s 100Mbps offering for 50GB usage is $91.90, which WhistleOut said is the equivalent for the NBN with a 100Mbps / 40Mbps connection, minus the $349 installation fee.

“While some of Telstra’s plans are more expensive than their existing ADSL2+ price points, both Telstra and Optus have produced plans that are in line with their existing high speed cable offerings of 100mps, providing the most accurate comparisons to today’s broadband environment,” director of WhistleOut, Cameron Craig, said in a statement.

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