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Internode releases NBN retail pricing

Internet service provider Internode has become the first ISP to release retail prices for the new National Broadband Network.

Internet service provider Internode has become the first ISP to release retail prices for the new National Broadband Network.

According to the prices schedule, a port speed of 100/40 Mbps (download/upload) with a 1TB download limit would cost a consumer $190 a month. The cheapest available plan has a port speed of 12/1Mbps (download/upload) and a 30GB download limit and will cost customers $60 a month. NBN had previously predicted that entry-level products would cost between $53 and $58 per month.

All of Internode’s NBN plans include $10 worth of monthly call credits for the bundled NodePhone VoIP telephony service. As with Internode’s current ADSL2+ broadband plans, customers can obtain additional services such as fixed IP addresses or priority support, by purchasing either a Power Pack for an extra $10 a month or a Business Pack for $30 a month.

Internode managing director Simon Hackett warned that NBN pricing was vulnerable to upward pressure in the future due to existing flaws in the NBNCo wholesale charging model compounded by the ACCC’s ‘121 points of interconnect’ decision.

Other ISPs such as Telstra Big Pond, iiNet and Optus are yet to release their NBN retail pricing structure.

The National Broadband Network (NBN) is a wholesale-only open-access data network under construction in Australia by NBN Co., a Commonwealth government trading enterprise.

The network will use a combination of fibre to the premises (FTTP), fixed wireless and satellite technologies to provide connections up to one gigabit per second to premises in Australia. NBN Co plans to wholesale connections on its network to retail service providers (RSP), who will then sell Internet access and other services to consumers. The network is estimated to cost A$35.9 billion to construct over a 10-year period, including an Australian Government investment of A$27.5 billion.

   

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