Should I Get Telstra or Optus Cable Internet?


WhistleOut
21 April 2016

Ethernet cables - Telstra vs Optus

Cable broadband is the fastest home internet option for residences not yet connected to the NBN. Unfortunately, many Aussies do not live in cable-supported areas. Furthermore, just because you have Optus cable internet does not necessarily mean that Telstra cable is in your area. The Optus and Telstra HFC cable networks are separate, distinct entities relying on their own infrastructure.

If you do: luck you! Cable broadband will not cost you more than ADSL2+ and should be your connection of choice

Can I get
Telstra Cable?
Can I get
Optus Cable?

If you’re asking whether you should go for Telstra or Optus cable, make sure you check which, if either, is available in your area before you go any further.

Once you've assessed its availability, the next step in the process is to find the best plan available. Check our Broadband Usage Guide to figure out how much data you need, then consider whether you'd like to bundle a home phone with your broadband, or add Foxtel or other TV services to your bill.

Broadband only

If you're only after a broadband plan and don't want any telephone or TV services bundled then you'll need to find the Broadband Only option.


Telstra

Optus

Plan
$75 $95 $115 $55 $80 $100
Data 100GB 500GB 1000GB 30GB 200GB Unlimited
Setup fee $0
$240 if technician
visit is required 
$0
$240 if technician 
visit is required 
$0
$240 if technician
visit is required
$125 $125 $125
Contract 24
Months
24
Months
24
Months
24
Months
24
Months
24
Months



Show me the Telstra plans


Show me the Optus plans

These are the cheapest options from each provider in terms of total dollar spend, but if you do have the option to bundle you can end up saving money by combining your bills.

Broadband + Phone bundles

You can cut down on your monthly bill by bundling your home phone service in with your broadband. 

Currently, Optus Bundle plans include a free 3 month Stan streaming TV subscription, although any data you use while watching Stan will still count towards your monthly limit.


Telstra

Optus

Plan
$100 $130 $150 $70 $75 $95
Data 100GB 200GB 500GB 50GB 200GB Unlimited
Setup fee $0
$240 if technician 
visit is required
$0
$240 if technician 
visit is required
$0
$240 if technician 
visit is required
$125 $125 $125
Local
Calls
Included Included Included Included Included Included
National
Calls
Included Included Included Included Included Included
Calls to
Mobiles
30c/min
49c flagfall
Capped at $2
for first hour
Unlimited Unlimited 20c/min
45c flagfall
Capped at $2
for first hour
20c/min
45c flagfall
Capped at $2
for first hour
Included
Contract 24
Months
24
Months
24
Months
24
Months
24
Months
24
Months



Show me the Telstra plans


Show me the Optus plans

Entertainment bundles

These are a little different. Entertainment bundles include broadband, a home phone and a TV service subscription. If you already subscribe to all of these three things separately, you can save money by joining them together.

Complications arise when comparing them directly. Telstra's Entertainer Supreme bundles offer Telstra broadband + a Foxtel subscription. You can opt for the Entertainment, Entertainment + Sport or Platinum packages from Foxtel. To keep things simple, we've only included the basic Entertainment prices below.

For a more in-depth comparison of Foxtel and Fetch, check out our Foxtel vs Fetch TV guide.


Telstra

Optus

Plan
$109 $139 $169 $75 $90 $95
Data 400GB 1000GB 1500GB Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Setup fee $175 for Foxtel
$240 if technician 
visit is required
$175 for Foxtel
$240 if technician 
visit is required
$175 for Foxtel
$240 if technician 
visit is required
$125 $125 $125
Local
Calls
Included Included Included Included Included Included
National
Calls
Included Included Included Included   

Included   

Included
Calls to
Mobiles
30c/min
49c flagfall
Capped at $2
for first hour
Unlimited Unlimited 20c/min
45c flagfall
Capped at $2
for first hour
20c/min
45c flagfall
Capped at $2
for first hour
20c/min
45c flagfall
Capped at $2
for first hour
Contract 24
Months
24
Months
24
Months
24
Months
24
Months
24
Months
TV
Service
Foxtel Foxtel Foxtel Fetch TV Fetch TV Fetch TV
Hardware Foxtel iQ2
Set top box
Foxtel iQ2
Set top box
Foxtel iQ2
Set top box
Fetch TV
box
Fetch TV
box
Fetch TV
box



Show me the Telstra plans


Show me the Optus plans

Telstra is by far the most expensive here if you want a 100Mbps connection. However, Foxtel is a much more popular service than Fetch TV, so your decision may come down to what payTV subscription you want, rather than price or other plan inclusions. Telstra also has the advantage in phone service inclusions with included local & national calls on all plans, and unlimited calls to mobiles on its top-tier plan.

Cable internet image from Shutterstock


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