iiNet unveils three NBN plans

iiNet unveils three NBN plans

Entry plans start at $49.95 per month for a 12Mbps download service. Pay a bit extra to boost data transfer speeds.

iiNet consumer NBN plan pricing.

iiNet consumer NBN plan pricing.

Perth-based ISP, iiNet, has released pricing for services it is offering on the National Broadband Network (NBN).

The company is one of the 24 ISPs currently participating in the NBN trials. Willunga in South-Australia, one of the test sites is due for a wide release in October.

iiNet has set the entry level plan at $49.95 per month for 20GB peak data allowance and 20GB off peak. The $59.95 per month plan gets 100GB on peak and 100GB off peak. The most expensive plan, $79.95 per month, buys 500GB peak and 500GB off peak.

All plans start with minimum download speeds of 12Mbps and upload speeds of 1Mbps.

Higher speeds are charged at a premium with users able “boost” their download and upload speeds by paying a little extra.

Five dollars extra per month will buy a 25Mbps download and 5Mbps upload service. iiNet is charging $15 per month extra for 50Mbps download and 20Mbps upload. Add $20 per month users will get a 100Mbps download and 40Mbps upload service.

“iiNet is particularly excited that the roll-out of NBN is focused on regions traditionally burdened with slower speeds and higher prices,” iiNet chief, Michael Malone, said in a statement.

“Without the need for a fixed phone line, the customers on our most popular ADSL1 plan can move to NBN speeds and enjoy ten times the quota for the same price they’re paying now."

iiNet business plans are a bit more expensive. A basic 20GB peak and 20GB off peak plan charged at $79.95 per month for 12Mbps downlink and 1Mbps uplink though users receive additional perks such as static IP and computer support. Click here for more on the business plans.

Internode and Exetel have already launched its NBN pricing though the topic has been mired in controversy.

In July, Internode unveiled rather pricey NBN plans, charging up to $189.95 per month for a 100Mbps download service. At the time, the South Australia-based ISP claimed it has to charge higher prices for its plans due to NBN Co’s flawed wholesale pricing model.

Exetel followed up with NBN pricing that significantly undercut Internode’s plans.

Budget ISP, Dodo, also flagged plans to release sub-$40 plans for its NBN services. Optus and Telstra have yet to announce their NBN pricing.

After listening to the criticism from its ISP partners, NBN Co offered rebates on wholesale charges on the NBN which, according to the company, could save ISPs up to $3000 per month per point-of-interconnect (PoI) in the short term.

“With standard off-Net access charges offered by NBNCo 40 per cent less than currently available in regional areas, we can pass substantial savings on to our customers,” Malone said in the statement.

iiNet plans do not charge excess data charges. Once a download limit is exceeded, connection speed is slowed down.

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