NBN proposes a new set of plans
NBN Co has proposed a set of new plans to expand on the existing four-tier system.
Currently the plans are as follows;
- Basic 12 / 1 Mbps
- Standard 25 / 5 Mbps
- Standard Plus 50 / 20 Mbps
- Premium 100 / 40 Mbps
Expanding on the list, NBN Co has proposed introducing the following;
- New Basic 12 / 1 Mbps with reduced price
- New Standard 25 / 5 Mbps with reduced price
- Standard Plus 50 / 5 Mbps
- New 100 / 20 Mbps
- New 250 / 25 Mbps
- New 1 Gbps / 50 Mbps
Reducing wholesale prices across the lower end of the plans will make internet access more affordable, while introducing the 100 / 20 Mbps plan will provide high-speed access to cost-conscious content consumers who don’t use the upload speed of the existing Premium plan.
Adding on to the highest end plans, the 250 Mbps and 1 Gbps plans would require either HFC or FTTP, meaning they wouldn’t be accessible to everyone right off the bat.
FTTC customers could access the plans with upgraded infrastructure in the street, while FTTN and FTTB customers would likely miss out on the highest-speed plans entirely without better infrastructure, which isn’t yet in the works.
The newly proposed plans are still subject to change following consultation with resellers and the government, but reducing prices and offering more options can only be a good thing for customers.
NBN Co has said it wants these plans to hit the market for sale to customers by the middle of next year.