TelstraClear: Ultra-Fast Broadband has been much talked about with it being seen as a creator of jobs, as driver of business efficiencies and delivering entertainment into our homes.
It is for these reasons that the Government has been such a high profile supporter of ultra-fast broadband though its UFB initiative.
Now as the ultra-fast speeds begin to become a reality there are some interesting questions being raised like:
'What does having ultra-fast broadband mean?'
'What to do with faster Broadband?'
'What will I be prepared to pay for it?' and 'What does a home of the future look like in an ultra-fast broadband world?'
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What are your thoughts?
Tim - TelstraClear
Like ajw said, 10Mbps up with 100Mbps down is laughable. The download:upload ratio for TelstraClear cable plans has consistently become worse and worse over the years. It used to be 2:1 with the old 256k/128k plans! DOCSIS 3.0 can handle way more than 10Mbps upstream, so there's no good reason not to (my guess is that TelstraClear will offer plans with higher upload speeds only to businesses, so that they can create such a separate market in order to charge "business prices"). People (average people, not just businesses) upload more content than ever before. The ratio should be getting better, not worse.
I'm also concerned about data caps. Given TelstraClear's record on this, I feel my concerns are valid... 100Mbps would be pretty pointless unless the data cap is large enough (250GB bare minimum, IMO. Anything less can be adequately serviced by lower speeds).
And lastly, price. These plans will be quite expensive.
I'm going to partake in a little wild speculation, just for fun, but hopefully somewhat accurate (actually, I hope it's NOT accurate! Prove me wrong TelstraClear! (hasn't happened yet)). These 100Mbps plans will not replace the existing plans - they will be in addition to them, like the 25Mbps plan. Subsequently, they will cost more (caution: wild speculation from this point onwards) - I'm guessing they will start at around $200. Maybe this will include some limited IPTV, with the option to pay for more channels. Data caps will start at 150GB. IPTV will of course not count towards the cap. We will not hear anything about when these plans will be released until February, at which point TelstraClear will offer a vague suggestion that the plans are "coming soon" and to "watch this space". The plans will not be available before April 2011. The existing 25Mbps plan will be reduced in price to around $170 when these plans are launched, and the LightSpeed 90G plan will reduce slightly also. Overage on the 100Mbps plans will be 4GB for $4.99. /wildunfoundedspeculation