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Nbn fixed wireless plans

I am referring to the ‘Choice Insider’ 13/12/2019 NBN plan reviews. This is not the 1st time Choice reviews NBN plans but unfortunately ‘fixed wireless’ is again not mentioned. Please advise if I am wrong otherwise please include FW in your next review. Thanks

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There are FW results as part of the CHOICE “HonestyBox” program. IInet, Telstra and Aussie BroadBand are represented in the results.

There has been much discussion of this FW and other types of connection on the following topic:

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Choice partnered with Whistleout.

Although not linked directly Whistleout also provides recommendations for NBN Fixed Wireless.

Note:
Depending on your arithmetic 11% of Aussies are in FW or Satellite service areas. The NBN Co and Govt prefer to talk about a figure less than 10%. Uptake of FW is around 297,000 and Satellite 96,000 out of 6.4million connected premises. So less than 5% of all NBN customers are on Fixed Wireless.

So neither are all that popular.
Though the NBN Co blames poor FW service speeds on the much greater than expected uptake of FW by customers.

FW performance can be very poor. There is discussion in another topic, if you have not found it.

iiNet or Westnet offer existing customers the following Fixed Wireless plans.

Interestingly, I was recently asked to sign up in advance to the following plans for the NBN. They are for fixed line services only. A bit of a laugh given I don’t have the NBN just yet at our rural home, and live in a FW plan area.

The two make for an interesting comparison. The best offer for FW is only 25Mbps. Noting the NBN Co target is a minimum of 6Mbps busy period with cells needing to drop to 3Mbps before they are considered for an upgrade. Satellite service users are even worse off if you read the community comments of some members.

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Thanks @grahroll, there are only four providers mentioned out of a huge number of FW providers on the market?

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The reason is that the HonestyBox tests require enough users of a particular provider and speed plan to give accurate enough results. This means if enough users are not signed on with HonestyBox with those requirements they do not provide a recommendation on them. There is also the ACCC one and that might give you enough insight (or not). As @mark_m mentions above FW users can be very few and far between to give test results and there are other discussions on this site about FW as noted above that might give you greater insight.

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I think that it is difficult to judge FW on ‘popularity’ - for many of us, there is NO CHOICE - it is the only form of NBN on offer…!!

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I can only empathise. Being able to access any NBN service is possibly better than none. Although Satellite followed by Fixed Wireless hardly offers value compared to the speeds and plans on offers to 80+% of the nation.

We could save up to $60pm by moving to the FW NBN when it arrives next year, assuming it can actually service our property. I have serious doubts. In the end the reports on the quality of the FW service suggest it may be no better than our current ADSL. And we will still need to keep the landline which will be an added cost!

I posted a comparison between our ISP/RSP’s plan offerings for Fixed Wireless service vs the higher speed Fixed Line plan options. It’s a confronting comparison for both the speed tiers and the cost differences for a similar level of service.

P.S.
We currently have a usable 12+Mbps ADSL2 service. If we are able to connect to FW (line of sight issues uncertain) we may be no better off. And there is a hidden cost in needing to keep the copper phone line as our mobile service is flaky with both Telstra and Optus, (unless sitting on the roof of course). Apparently you can also keep the ADSL2 as well in a FW or satellite area, assuming your ISP does not drop the service from their offerings? $$$$$$$

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