The technology behind Satellite NBN internet plans does put a few limits on the inclusions of the plans you can choose from, but there are still great plans available if you know where to look.
Best Satellite NBN Plan
"This plan is a great middle ground between cost and inclusions. 40GB peak data compares well, and $50 per month is a great price with no contracts.
"Make sure you add the speed boost and step up to Standard Evening Speeds (NBN 25)."
"SkyMesh and Harbour ISP offer alternatives with extra inclusions which you may prefer rather than a cheaper monthly price.
"The SkyMesh NBN-SB-45-140 Sky Muster plan comes with a huge 140GB of off-peak data to use overnight. Harbour ISP include a home phone with the LTS 115 plan, with 1000 minutes of international calls."
How we choose the best Satellite NBN plans
Mobile phone and internet plans are our focus at WhistleOut, so we put a lot of thought into how we judge these awards.
To find the best Satellite NBN plans we start with a few basic plan recommendations. Despite data inclusions being lower on Satellite NBN plans, we still think that you should be looking for a plan with at least 100GB of data or more. Average data use is increased all the time, so this is a good minimum.
We also focus our recommendations on NBN Standard Evening Speed plans, which have a maximum download speed of 25Mbps. This is the fastest speed option on Satellite NBN technology, but we also think you should consider it a minimum. Speed Boosts may cost as little as $5 per month, so it is definitely worth upgrading.
Satellite NBN FAQs
NBN's Satellite service is made of up two satellites - referred to Sky Muster and Sky Muster II - working in tandem to provide NBN access for those in regional and rural Australia. 10 ground stations across Australia will beam internet up to the pair of Sky Muster satellites, which will then beam it down to satellite dishes attached to homes connected to the National Broadband Network.
Who is getting Sky Muster Satellite?
3% of Australians will connect to the National Broadband Network via Satellite, or approximately 400,000 homes and businesses. Customers connecting to the National Broadband Network through Satellite are will typically be located in remote, regional or rural Australia. Many of these areas currently have limited internet connectivity, and in some cases, none at all.
How long does it take to connected to NBN's Sky Muster Satellite service?
Installation times vary depending on your location. NBN attempts to get most Satellite customers online within 20 business days. Customers in more isolated areas can expect to wait up to 35 business days. If your home or office is only accessible via air or water, you could be waiting as long as 90 business days.
What equipment do I need for a Sky Muster Satellite NBN Connection?
When you connect to a Satellite NBN service, a satellite dish will be mounted on either your roof or the side of your house. This is a different dish to that used by customers who may have been on the interim satellite service. If you're transferring, you'll have the option to have your old equipment removed when you get connected to the National Broadband Network.
Two cables are used to connect the dish to your satellite modem, which is located inside your home. If you sign up for a 24-month internet contract, your telco will almost certainly include a Satellite-compatible modem with your plan.