Resellers of the National Broadband Network’s (NBN) Sky Muster satellite service are set to pass on the free peak data boost being offered up by the company behind the network, nbn, at “very little” extra cost to end customers.
In late June, nbn revealed that it would deliver new wholesale plans on the Sky Muster satellite service to more than 240,000 homes and businesses in regional and rural Australia.
The proposed changes, which are expected to come into effect from October, will increase maximum usage during peak periods from up to 75GB per month to up to 150GB per month, and double the maximum total data usage from 150GB per month to 300GB per month.
The company said it would also double the maximum monthly wholesale data limits that RSPs can offer to end users and boost average peak downloads plans by up to 50 per cent on the satellite service, from 30GB to 45GB per month.
nbn will provide the extra data at no extra cost to network retailers, the Minister for Communications, Mitch Fifield, and the Minister for Regional Communications, Fiona Nash, said in a joint statement at the time.
However, it remained to be seen how resellers would structure their plans and just how much of the additional free data allowances would be passed on to end customers.
Now, if the advice resellers have given Nash holds water once the new plans come into effect, the extra peak data will be passed on to customers “at very little extra cost”.
Nash met with retail NBN providers in Sydney on 13 July to get a sense of how the resellers would approach the new plans.
“It was great to hear retailers will pass on the extra data to customers, and to hear general agreement that the cost of passing on this extra data to customers will be very low,” Nash said. “Although nbn will provide the extra data without cost to retailers, retailers will incur costs of a few dollars to deliver this extra data and so plans will reflect that.
“The result is [that] customers will soon be able to access 60 gigabyte month peak data at very little extra cost above what a 40 gigabyte/month plan costs now.
“A 100 gigabyte/month peak data plan would cost only slightly more than a 65 or 70 gigabyte/month plan costs now,” she said. “This is fantastic news for the 76,000 Sky Muster users and those considering getting a service.”