TPG swipes NBN city customers via rival Fibre-to-the-Basement network

TPG swipes NBN city customers via rival Fibre-to-the-Basement network

AusBBS starts connecting customers via TPG's AAPT wholesale business

Australian ISP, AusBBS, has started connecting customers to TPG's Fibre-to-the-Basement (FttB) rival National Broadband Network (NBN) product via its AAPT wholesale business.

This comes just a few months after TPG was forced to pull its FttB product due government regulations forcing it to offer a competitive wholesale product.

TPG acquired AAPT in December last year for $450 million.

The acquisition followed a directive from communications minister, Malcolm Turnbull, that companies must have separate wholesale and retail arms and offer wholesale products on the same prices and terms as given to its retail arm.

TPG's network has the potential to harm the NBN's cross-subsidised business model, which relies on more profitable metropolitan connections to pay for capped bush prices for services.

FttB is a high speed broadband and voice service, delivered using fibre optic and other network equipment, installed in the basement of multi-dwelling buildings.

AusBBS makes use of existing copper wires within the building to enable communication between the customer premises and carrier equipment.

AusBBS is the first independent ISP to release the product at retail since TPG ran into regulatory hurdles with its FttB network and moved to make it available for wholesale, through its wholly owned subsidiary AAPT.

The AAPT wholesale FttB product is the first in a planned range of products to make high speed internet available to retail customers.

Through its subsidiary AAPT, TPG is rolling out these services to 500,000 apartments across metropolitan Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.

AusBBS chief executive, Rob Appel, said the company wanted to get to market quickly with the product.

“Customers on the TPG/AAPT FttB network have been starved of choice due to red tape," he said.

"We are pleased to jump in quickly and offer some relief with the first standalone VDSL2 plan on the FttB network backed by a trusted Australian ISP and premium local customer service”.

AusBBS will offer unlimited data, for $59.95 per month, to residents in over 300 buildings, in capital cities across five states, at speeds up to 100/20Mbps.

Customers can choose standalone unlimited data for $59.95 per month or unlimited data plus unlimited local and STD calls for $69.95.

Casual and 12 month contract terms are available.

Appel said the feedback from customers using the company's Unlimited NBN plans was that simplicity was appreciated.

"Contract terms are short to suit inner city apartment dwellers’ lifestyles," he said.

"We have also reflected on our experience working with other private estate infrastructure suppliers to design these plans".

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