How much does the new Telecom caching abilities come in to play with offering Big Time while still making a return off the customer? I have no idea what TelstraClear has in that aspect, either currently or planned.
While I agree it would be great to have additional options, a traffic managed plan would go against everything TelstraClear markets itself as, a premium provider for premium performance and not always the "cheapest"
Be interesting to see what the UCLL plans shape up like, as well as the next quarters Epitiro results assuming they've finally got all the ends sorted between the two.
PS. So to answer your question I think you're right to be cynical of it ever happening.
And if it ever were to, II would like to see TelstraClear offer more flexable data usage (pay as you go, or per GB at the same $ per GB ratio after your usage pack is used), before I see a "Big Time" similar plan, as I really believe they're behind the ball in that aspect.
Unlimited traffic managed plans are a niche market. Most surverys in the past of usage show the vast majority of people use less than 5GB as they only use the internet for email, facebook, googling, trademe and the occasional youtube. It just us geeks that are the heavy users with gaming, game downloads, voip, software downloads, patch downloads and and lest we forget the grey area of p2p which probably accounts for the majority of a heavy users traffic.
I suspect Telstra is not interested in this niche.
Bandwidth from cache is only slightly cheaper than international bandwidth, caching is really about improving performance by moving content/assets closer to the consumer. Telstra has run a transparent caching web proxy for ages for example.
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