Despite the fact that the NBN market is inundated with small providers, there is a sense of confidence in choosing one of the major brands. Telstra and Optus are two of the most famous internet service providers and mobile phone carriers.

Naturally, each brand has its own set of advantages, but the gaps between them are shrinking as time goes on.

When installing internet in your home, you should compare internet plans and their providers. If you’re choosing between Telstra and Optus for your NBN package, here’s everything you need to know.

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On speed levels up to NBN 100, both Optus and Telstra provide what is congestion-free NBN. This means you’ll get the quickest downloading speeds available at the busiest periods daily. On NBN 100 (Fast) plans, here’s how the two compare internet plans to other NBN providers.

Once we reach NBN rates above 100Mbps, the differences become apparent. NBN 250 and NBN 1000 subscriptions are available from Telstra and Optus, although nighttime speeds vary. Telstra’s usual nighttime speeds on NBN 250 plans are 230Mbps, while Optus’ are 215Mbps. Of course, both connections are quite fast, but an additional 15Mbps isn’t going to hurt.

Telstra’s NBN 1000 plans, on the other hand, provide a typical nighttime speed of 700Mbps, while Optus’ remains at 250Mbps. Telstra is the best option if you want extremely high internet speeds (and have an FTTP or eligible HFC connection to enable it).


When comparing prices, Optus is typical $10 to $20 cheaper than Telstra. However, this might fluctuate depending on promotional offers. Both operators’ plans offer limitless internet and are contract-free. If you leave Telstra before 24 months or Optus before 36 months, you’ll have to cover the prorated price of your modem.

Currently, Optus’ NBN 50 package costs $75 per month (without any entertainment additions), whereas Telstra’s equivalent costs $90. Both provide unlimited bandwidth and include a modem in the pricing. Both carriers require a $99 setup, but Telstra waives it if you sign up for service online.

Similarly, Optus’ standard NBN 100 plan costs $85 per month, while Telstra’s costs $90, although both are due to a six-month reduction. After those six months, Telstra’s pricing returns to $110 per month, while Optus’ returns to $95.

Although these plans are also agreement-free, you’ll have to pay the remaining amount of your modem if you wish to quit after the discount ends.

Right now, the most significant difference is between NBN 250 plans, with Telstra offering a $50 monthly savings for the first six months. The NBN 250 plan from Telstra costs $90 per month, while Optus’ costs $100. These packages are for six months, with Telstra offering a $50 monthly discount and Optus offering a $20 monthly discount. Optus’ package will cost $120 when the deal ends, while Telstra’s will cost $140.

In NBN 1000 plans, there is a similar pattern: both providers are providing scheduled savings of $50 or $20 monthly.


Optional entertainment add-ons are available on all Optus speed levels for a small monthly charge. As part of the Internet Entertainer package, you’ll get a Fetch Mighty Box and one premium channel pack. You’ll have to pay an additional $15 per month for the inclusion available on each speed tier.

Fetch TV is a set-top device that connects you to both free-to-air and premium channels over your internet connection. It also serves as a centre for all of your participating streaming apps, allowing you to control everything from a single remote. It’s worth noting that the Fetch TV box is still owned by Optus, so you’ll have to return it if you decide to switch providers.

Telstra TV, on the other hand, can be added to every NBN plan for just $9 monthly. While your Telstra TV doesn’t have any more channels, you may use it as a hub for your services like Netflix and watch free-to-air television.