NBN vs Fibre

With the NBN rollout well on its way, many business owners are starting to explore the options available for Business Broadband. Apart from NBN, there are other future proof alternatives available such as Business Fibre. If you're unsure which service would be the best solution for your business, read on to find out more about the difference between NBN and Fibre to see which one would be the best option for your office requirements.

What is Business NBN?

Small Business NBN is a broadband service that is transmitted through the NBN infrastructure or via a Fixed Wireless connection. The internet service is available for business premises, where the NBN rollout has commenced. To see if your area is eligible, CLICK HERE.

What is Business Fibre?

Business Fibre uses fibre optic cables to transmit data as light signals for ultra-fast internet. Fibre can transmit large amounts of data in short periods of time, meaning the service provides large bandwidth capacity. Fibre is available to office locations where optic fibre infrastructure is readily accessible.

If you're unsure of whether your business premises is eligible to connect Business Fibre, you can get in touch with one of our expert broadband consultants for a free SQ Check. We'd be happy to assist.



What is the Difference Between NBN and Fibre?

NBN and Fibre are both broadband services that are future proof and provided by Tier 1 carriers. However, there are some differences between the services that may influence your decision on which one is the best for your business needs.

Contention Ratio

Business Fibre has a 1:1 contention ratio, which means the service isn't shared with any other user and the speeds delivered won't fluctuate. Business NBN is a shared service and contention ratios can reach above 50:1. This is due to the infrastructure being shared among multiple users.

Service Delivery and Availability

Business NBN can be delivered to your premises in multiple ways including via fibre connection, a hybrid of fibre and the traditional copper network, as well as via a fixed wireless connection. This makes Business NBN a widely available broadband option. Business Fibre can only be transmitted through an optic fibre connection. That means only premises that have fibre infrastructure available within their area can connect the service.

Upload and Download Speeds

Business NBN has variable upload and download speeds, while Business Fibre has set symmetrical speeds (the same upload and download time).


Business Fibre provides extreme bandwidth with symmetrical speeds of up to 1000/1000 Mbps with a 99.95% Uptime SLA. Business NBN is an "up to" service, meaning that speeds may fluctuate. The highest NBN plan available is also the 100/40MB, which may not be suitable for users who heavily rely on digital media and software.


As Business Fibre is an enterprise grade service that uses its own infrastructure, the service is dearer than Business NBN and may not be suitable to businesses looking for a low cost broadband service. Plans start from $449 per month with 250/250 Mbps bandwidth. Although Business Fibre is more costly, the features and benefits of Fibre simply can't be matched by NBN. Business NBN plans start from $59 per month for up to 25/10 Mbps bandwidth. If your business doesn't rely on the internet for many daily operations, business NBN is a low cost and effective option.

Which Internet Service Do I Pick?

The broadband service that your business should choose should depend on your office requirements and how your business operates. If your business heavily relies on the internet; such as digital marketing, graphic design or software development, Business Fibre with its high level of reliability and speed may be more suitable. If your business doesn't use the internet for most operational activities; such as retail, construction or warehousing, Business NBN may be more than sufficient to satisfy your needs. Other factors to consider include the broadband availability in your area and budget.

To find out more about what options are available at your business location, call us on 1300 000 300 to speak to one of our Business Broadband specialists. 


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