The countdown to the first National Broadband Network (NBN) services is well and truly underway in Tasmania with Internet service providers iPrimus, Internode and iiNet all announcing pricing for their residential fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services in the state.
Internode is the last of the three retail service providers taking part in the stage one NBN trials in Tasmania to announce broadband pricing. iPrimus and iiNet have already announced prices and begun taking customer orders for NBN services.
Below we have rounded up the plans and pricing for the three ISPs.
Internode has lowered the bar in terms of pricing, with entry-level FTTH plans in Tasmania costing just $29.95 per month — the ISP says this is $10 cheaper than its ADSL plans.
Internode's plans are offered in three tiers according to speed — 25 megabits per second, 50Mbps and 100Mbps for download speeds, with upload speeds capped at 2Mbps, 4Mbps and 8Mbps respectively. There are 15 plans to choose from; the 25Mbps Entry-Line plans start from $29.95, the 50Mbps Mid-Line plans start from $39.95 and the 100Mbps High-Line plans start from $59.95. Each of these entry-level plans has a monthly data quota of 15GB. The largest Internode plan in terms of data allowance is 200GB per month and this will cost $109.95 on the Entry-Line, $119.95 on the Mid-Line and $139.95 on the High-Line plan. There are no excess data usage charges but the service is shaped to 128 kilobits per second for the rest of the month if customers exceed their quota.
Internode's NBN plans come without long-term contracts and early termination charges. The only commitment is a 'one month rolling contract', which means that customers pay one month's rental in advance for the service. Internode has further sweetened the deal by offering free fibre setup for customers in the northern Tasmanian towns of Smithton and Scottsdale and the Hobart suburb of Midway Point.
Standard landline telephone services are not yet available from Internode on the new network but customers can keep their existing landline services or go naked.
You can find out more info on Internode NBN pricing here.
iPrimus was the first off the blocks to announce its NBN prices. It's offering a 50 per cent discount on bundle plans for the first six months if customers sign up to a 24-month contract before 30 June. This plan includes local, national and mobile calls and broadband access, and also includes line rental, a wireless router (plus $9.95 for delivery) and free setup.
NBN phone and broadband bundles from iPrimus start with the iPrimus Max 89, which has a download speed of 25Mbps. It will cost $44.50 for the first six months (if you sign up before 30 June) and then $89 per month after that. iPrimus has gone with peak and off-peak quotas for its FTTH plans and the iPrimus Max 89 includes 5GB of data at peak times (10am-2am) and 10GB off-peak.
Similar to Internode, iPrimus is offering tiered options of Home (25Mbps), Fast (50Mbps) and Extreme (100Mbps) and each of its 12 plans can be bundled with a telephone service. These plans start at $49.95, $69.95 and $79.95 respectively for the standalone plans and all include a 15GB monthly data quota (5GB peak and 10GB off-peak).
iPrimus' fittingly named Big Kahuna plans include 300GB of data (80GB peak and 220GB off-peak). Peak times change from 12pm to 12am; the Home Big Kahuna will set you back $119.95, Fast Big Kahuna $129.95 and the Extreme Big Kahuna costs $139.95. If iPrimus customers on the bundled plans exceed their monthly data quota, speeds will be shaped to 256Kbps — those on the standalone broadband plans will be shaped to 128Kbps.
You can find out more info on iPrimus NBN prices here.
iiNet has also followed the same pattern as iPrimus and Internode by using the 25Mbps/50Mbps/100Mbps model for its FTTH pricing. Both uploads and downloads count towards a customer’s monthly download quota. If customers sign a 24-month contract, the setup fee is reduced from $159 to $79; if you break your contract early, all iiNet does is charge back the value that was waived ($80) so the customer doesn’t have to pay out the remaining months of the contract.
The Fibre 1 plan (25Mbps) is the cheapest of iiNet’s seven NBN plans and costs $49.95 per month and includes 10GB of data (5GB peak and 5GB off-peak). The Fibre 4 plan (50Mbps) costs $89.95 per month and includes 60GB of data (30GB peak and 30GB off-peak). Peak times for these plans are 8am-2am.
iiNet’s 100Mbps plans start at $129.95 per month, which includes 120GB of data (60GB peak and 60GB off-peak). The largest data plan that iiNet is offering is Fibre 7, which includes 180GB of data for $159.95 per month. Peak times for these two plans are 9am-1am.
Customers can add a VoIP telephone service that works over FTTH called iiTalkpack. It costs an extra $9.95 per month, which includes all local and national calls.
Download speeds are shaped to 64Kbps if customers exceed their monthly download quota.
You can find out more info on iiNet NBN prices here..