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Topic # 64930 26-Jul-2010 10:56
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From their press release today:


New BigPond broadband prices reflect new age of digital home


From tomorrow, BigPond® broadband plans will offer consumers higher data allowances, greater value and no additional usage charges on any plan.

Customers will be able to save up to 50 per cent compared to current prices and obtain up to four times more data for the same price.

Telstra Executive Director Consumer, Ms Rebekah O’Flaherty, said the better value plans were timely in light of new Telstra research which showed internet access along with food and heating were the three things Australians would least like to spend a day without.
 
“The average Australian household has entered a new age of online connectivity. Telstra’s research reveals more than half of all households now feature four or more types of internet enabled devices - from wireless laptops to smartphones, the T-Hub®, game consoles and internet TV PVRs such as the T-Box®.

“With information, entertainment and news being enjoyed across multiple devices in the house, it’s not surprising that consumer demand for speed, simplicity and value from their broadband is growing.

“Telstra realises customers’ needs are changing, which is why our new BigPond broadband plans deliver  greater data allowances at lower prices, allowing household members to do more on the internet for less,” Ms O’Flaherty said.

The benefits of the new BigPond broadband plans include:

Reduced monthly access fees of $10 to $90 per month
Turbo plan customers will get the benefit of faster “Elite” plans for no extra cost, except for the entry level 2GB “Turbo” plan
A reduction of 12 plans to four to simplify the range
No additional usage fees on any plan




Existing customers will get the benefits of the new plans when they are moved to them over the coming  months or customers can change their plans online via www.bigpond.com/broadband or by calling 13 2200.



New BigPond broadband prices:


On 12 month contract with Telstra (full service fixed phone) - old price per month, new price per month:
BigPond Turbo (2GB) $39.95 $29.95
BigPond Elite (2GB) $49.95 $39.95
BigPond Elite (50GB) $109.95 $69.95
BigPond Elite (200GB) $179.95 $89.95

On top of these reduced prices, customers can get up to $20 off their broadband monthly access fee when they combine a new 24 month broadband plan with a Telstra full service fixed line phone and an extra BigPond wireless broadband, Telstra post-paid mobile, or FOXTEL from Telstra service on a 24 month, Single Bill plan.

Ms O’Flaherty said Telstra's research also revealed:
Melbourne has Australia’s most connected households. Half of Melbourne households have more than four types of internet enabled devices. Sydney (44%), Perth (43%), Adelaide (42%) and Brisbane (42%).

Homes "connect" together:
One in five (23%) Australian households regularly use more than four internet-enabled devices at the same time.

Men love their net time
. Almost a quarter of Australian men (24%) would rather go without food, heating or their TV and mobile phone than give up their internet access. (Women 19%)

Australian seniors are staying on pace with the technology wave
. Older Australians (65yrs+) report having the most home PCs (88% vs 72% among 18 - 24 year olds). In comparison, younger Australians are more likely use a laptop in the home (88% vs 53% among people aged 65yrs+).



More information about the new broadband plans can found at www.bigpond.com/broadband


All prices in AU$, there's no charge for extra usage, but speed limits (64 Kbps).






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  Reply # 356408 26-Jul-2010 11:18
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Wow

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  Reply # 356412 26-Jul-2010 11:24
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Too bad it won't flow onto TelstraClear NZ's plans.. nevermind.. maybe soon in future with this Pacific Fibre project once its completed?




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  Reply # 356681 26-Jul-2010 17:37
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Residential ADSL competition in Australia has been running hot for awhile now. TPG, Exetel, Adam and Internode forcing Telstra to lower prices.

That got started with LLU a lot earlier, in many exchanges there are multiple choices of who's gear you can be hooked up to.

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  Reply # 356687 26-Jul-2010 17:46
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Wow, so it's _not_ international capacity (alone) that means we have lame data caps here. Since apparently NZ/AU pay the same for access to the southern cross cable, right?

So when do we get 200GB caps for $110?
(Or even half the cap for that price!)

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  Reply # 356691 26-Jul-2010 17:50
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ADSL port, backhaul bandwidth and handover link costs are all factors in pricing before taking into account international transit and other isp costs (staff, support, hardware, profit %) etc.

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  Reply # 356698 26-Jul-2010 18:26
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I agree wholeheartedly just look at the bottom two plans and how much they have changed in price. Very very nice. However as a Xnet customer who gets (and uses) about 85 - 100 gig a month for under $100 including my phone line i'm not complaining.

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  Reply # 356706 26-Jul-2010 18:40
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Ragnor: ADSL port, backhaul bandwidth and handover link costs are all factors in pricing before taking into account international transit and other isp costs (staff, support, hardware, profit %) etc.


Sure, I guess those are cheaper in australia then?

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  Reply # 356803 26-Jul-2010 22:21
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kyhwana2: Wow, so it's _not_ international capacity (alone) that means we have lame data caps here. Since apparently NZ/AU pay the same for access to the southern cross cable, right?

So when do we get 200GB caps for $110?
(Or even half the cap for that price!)


correct it's not international capacity alone that is responsible for more expensive BB here.  International capacity is only one of several reasons.

Australian ISPs are very unlikely to pay the same as NZ ISPs for access to Southern cross.
Firstly, they buy more capacity.  Buy more -> pay less per Mbps

NZ ISPs, with the possible exception of Telecom, are simply not big enough to buy a decent amount of capacity to get a price lowenough.

secondly,  Ozzie have several choices of which cable to buy, they don't just use Southern Cross

see this map here
http://appfrica.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/Cable_Map.gif

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  Reply # 356815 26-Jul-2010 22:43
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It also helps that Telecom own 50% of the SCC.

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