Will 5G Internet be better than NBN? – Aussie Comm

Will 5G Internet be better than NBN?

5G Internet - NBN’s Alternative?

New technologies are taking advantage of the infrastructure that already exists in an attempt to ease out connectivity and communication. Different locations need different technology and connection types. There are talks that Australia’s National Broadband Network will face some damaging competition from the upcoming rollout of 5th generation mobile technology. 5G internet is a step up from today’s 4G mobile network technology. It promises to offer higher peak connection speeds and lower time delays. Due to improved radio technologies, increased allocations of radio spectrum, and by the use of antenna sites or base stations, we have been able to achieve 5G’s higher connection speeds.

However, substitution of fixed line services like NBN with mobile services has been occurring for a number of years now. This is likely to continue as mobile data inclusions increase with time. There may be a migration from NBN to 5G services, but at this early stage, the nature of this future infrastructure-based competition remains uncertain. There are too many factors to be considered before establishing 5G as an alternative to NBN.

NBN - Reliable yet effective

NBN available to all

Australia’s National Broadband Network is known to deliver world-class internet speeds to more and more homes across the country every year. The NBN network is evolving Australia’s connectivity backbone. Having an NBN connection provides an open-access data network. The NBN uses optical fibre and other technology types to get faster, stable internet into homes across Australia, taking the place of copper wires and cable broadband. It uses fixed-line connections, which travel directly to the user’s home from nodes across the country.

NBN connection networks split into fixed-line and fixed wireless connections. Fixed-line connections run a physical line directly to your property whereas fixed wireless connections run from a transmission tower for up to 14 kilometres in distance to an NBN antenna fitted to your house. Choosing an NBN type and speed tier is arguably the most important decision you will make when it comes to getting internet.

NBN VS 5G - Battle of Internet

There is unbeatable acceleration in the adoption of internet access services. Everyone is looking for a connection which provides choice, flexibility & network reliability with a wide range of solutions. With internet access becoming so integral to both work and personal lives, it makes sense to set up a sturdier, faster network. The ongoing battle between NBN and 5G can be put to rest, depending upon the below mentioned factors.

Cost Factor

The gap between the costs of 5G and NBN has almost been bridged. When it comes to NBN costs, there are some advantages you can get while switching providers. Often NBN providers offer deals to new customers for signing up to plans, with these offers commonly in the form of monthly discounts on your plan fees for the first month or even six months of your plan. The smaller plans are ideal for regular internet usage throughout the day, whereas for those who wish to use the network intensively higher plans are more suitable. The NBN plans offer unlimited data and scalability for additional convenience. This might be the cost advantage you are looking for.

Better Speed

5G and NBN plans are both capable of hitting very fast speeds nowadays. However, the actual performance and speed may vary and depend upon other numerous factors. Even with the fastest 5G home internet the experience might not turn out good if you are not under coverage. 5G home internet speeds will depend on factors like coverage and congestion, and are also more prone to fluctuation than NBN speeds.


NBN's Wireless network technology will provide regional and rural Australia access to world-leading broadband. Wireless NBN solves the problem of connectivity in areas where fixed-line technologies are not readily available. Since NBN is older than 5G, the number of users dependent on NBN are higher in number. The NBN is already available to millions of Australians in all parts of the country. Meanwhile, 5G is still limited to coverage.

Hassle-Free Set up with 5G over NBN Connection: Setting up a 5G broadband connection is extremely easy and simple. All you need to do is buy a plan with a wireless modem and plug it into your home power supply. On the other hand, getting a fixed line NBN connection can require visits from a technician to set up wires. This could keep you waiting for several business days until the installation and set up is complete. If you already have an NBN connection, swapping from one provider to another happens much sooner, probably on the same day.

Final Verdict - Which one to Choose?

what to select - nbn or 5g

There is a great deal of excitement about the opportunities 5G will provide to the world of technology. 5G connections have the potential to accelerate the number of people moving from fixed to wireless broadband. This is solely because of its ability to provide much faster speeds than fixed broadband services. However, it may not be accessible to all like the NBN network. Another big advantage of NBN is that most fixed line services usually include unlimited data. Since, NBN plans generally come with unlimited data and if your internet consumption is high, NBN is a clear choice. Although 5G home internet will certainly replace individual NBN connections, it would not necessarily replace the need for the NBN.