Optus releases NBN pricing


news The nation’s number two telco Optus has released its first National Broadband Network pricing plans, with the company offering a range of plans from $39.99 up to $129 and with included data quotas ranging up to a terabyte.

The company is the fifth major Australian broadband provider to release NBN pricing plans, after Internode, iiNet, Exetel and Primus have done so over the past few months. Telstra and TPG remain the only major fixed-line broadband players not to have released any commercial NBN pricing as yet, although Telstra is expected to do so over the next few months, following the launch of commercial services on the NBN in October.

Optus’ plans basically fit into two broad categories — plans with a home telephone line bundled in, and plans without a telephone line (labelled as ‘Naked’). The company’s naked plans range from $39.99 for a plan with 40GB of data quota included, to the top naked plan, which comes with 500GB of data included. If you bundle a home telephone line with your NBN broadband connection, you’ll pay substantially more — $64.94 for a 120GB quota, $109 for 500GB and $129 for a terabyte. These tranche of plans are known as Optus’ ‘Fusion’ plans.

Unlike other broadband providers, Optus has chosen not to explicitly split its NBN plans up into speed tiers. Instead, it appears to have set a basic speed of 25Mbps for all of the plans apart from the minimum $39.99 plan (which will have a speed of 12Mbps), with customers to pay $10 per month extra to upgrade to 50Mbps speeds and $20 per month to upgrade to 100Mbps speeds.

In addition, Optus will only allow customers to sign up for its lowest tier $39.99 plan if they also have a monthly mobile plan with the company worth $19 or more, while customers can save $10 per month off any of the other ‘Naked’ plans if they also have a mobile plan. The $109 and $129 ‘Fusion’ plans come with “unlimited standard calls” to fixed lines and mobiles within Australia (with the exception of calls to Pivotel lines), while the $64.94 plan comes with up to $30 worth of call value.

In addition, it should be noted that Optus has retained the on-peak/off-peak quota system which many ISPs currently use in their broadband plans. For example, the company’s Naked plans have all had their quota split mostly down the middle, with half of the quota being usable during peak periods, and half during off-peak periods. When a customer’s quota has been exhausted, Optus will shape customers’ speeds down to 256kbp.

All of Optus’ plans come with a router which the company has badged its ‘Residential Wi-Fi Gateway’.

In a statement released this morning, Optus director of its Consumer Fixed division, Anthony Shiner, said the telco had been a champion for competition for nearly 20 years, and the NBN would open up the opportunity for Australians to finally receive real choice for their fixed services.

“Our focus has always been on putting the customer first and delivering great value, so we’ve decided to offer NBN plans on a monthly basis so consumer and ‘home office’ customers can start benefiting from true competition right away, with a much richer online experience,” he added. “This includes the new $39.99 broadband plan which is available to current Optus postpaid mobile customers on contract.”

“As the NBN roll-out progresses, we’ll release a greater range of plans as well as more exciting broadband bundles that combine the latest Optus digital products such as Optus MeTV to help customers stay better connected and entertained.”

Optus also this morning announced that it had started offering NBN aggregation services on an initial trial basis, with the first retail telco to sign up for the service to be iseek Communications. Optus Wholesale’s NBN aggregation service allows a service provider to reduce the number of points of interconnect (POI) to the NBN. This improves the economics of connecting users to the NBN and enables partners using the service to stay competitive with larger service providers.

Vicki Brady, managing director, Optus Wholesale and Satellite said: “As a proud wholesaler of telecommunications services and one of Australia’s leading wholesale providers, we’re looking forward to enabling more choice and competition in the fixed broadband market via our NBN aggregation services. Optus Wholesale will also be offering customers a range of value-add services in addition to NBN aggregation as part of a bundled offering starting early next year.”

Opinion and analysis to follow in a separate article.

Image credit: Optus


  1. Their pricing for the 120GB plan with MULTIMEDIA eXtream(LOL) speedpack is the same as what I’m currently paying for 100MB/s cable with the added benefit of reliable fibre and better upload speeds.

    Bring it on.

  2. Are these prices better then iinet, i recall reading iinet were baiting that optus and telstra would not undercut them.

    Whether Telstra does yet to be seen

  3. I never thought I have anything nice to say about Optus. It’ll be interesting to see how Telstra respond to this.

    • it’ll be interesting to see how Malcolm responds to this!

      (mr. NBN-will-be-more-expensive-than-DSL – tho i suppose Fletcher is one of those too.)

  4. Why are they hiding the speeds? Are they planning to control costs by silently dropping speeds down to 40 Mbps where 50 was expected, or something?

    • From the article:

      Optus has chosen not to explicitly split its NBN plans up into speed tiers. Instead, it appears to have set a basic speed of 25Mbps for all of the plans apart from the minimum $39.99 plan (which will have a speed of 12Mbps), with customers to pay $10 per month extra to upgrade to 50Mbps speeds and $20 per month to upgrade to 100Mbps speeds.

      • The author of the article assigned those speeds that you quoted. There’s nothing on the Optus pages mentioning them.

        • Optus is using the same NBN Co-assigned speeds as everyone else, however — I confirmed that with them on the phone. I don’t actually know if there is a way to easily change the speeds — for example, if you were Optus, assigning customers 40Mbps speeds instead of 50Mbps speeds.

  5. The $65 phone + broadband plan is pretty good
    25/5 mbps
    50GB + 70GB
    $30 phone calls included

  6. I hope all the carriers have a naked option, I don’t even know where my landline handset is anymore.

  7. Can’t wait. Same plan for us, same data, just better speed. My mate will be happy, she cant get optus where she is at the moment, roll on NBN & she will join in a flash

  8. For city dwellers these are a rort…TPG gets you either unlimited or 500GB for $60. For me I wouldn’t really be that keen paying an extra $20/month for a few Mbps on infrastructure that we as a tax payer have paid $40 billion to build. The NBN is a rort, I thought the whole catch call was cheaper and faster internet, seems the first part isn’t true!

    • No, Ryan, it was never about “cheaper” internet. It was always about *better* internet. But even the NBN 12Mbps connection is twice as faster as typical copper speeds today, and *is* cheaper. Just use TPG if you think they’re “cheaper” than Optus.

    • And every person in Australia has access to TPG’s metro unlimited do they? Wrong idiot! The NBN is trying to give the people who can’t even get dial up a better service. I for one am sick to death of the tools who have a good service of some type whinging about the NBN cost and how it isn’t needed. Last time I checked everyone had the right to the same services. You Ryan are a narrow minded Tard!

    • Are you serious? What plan out there still would offer unlimited local, mobile (to any carrier) and std as well as those massive data allowances & not charged for going over?

      Not one from what I have found so far. Sorry but Optus have so much done good with this.

        • Well I make over $400 in mobile calls each month, use over 500GB a month & only have to pay $99 (got the $129 on special) so I’m sweet.

  9. Unfortunately, despite OPTUS releasing all these prices, they are not actually all on current offer.

    The $64.94 bundle is not currently available in first release sites. It’s on their press release but when you phone them, they tell you it’s not available.

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