These prices seem quite high to me:
These prices seem quite high to me:
From the link above,
Is that a fair comparison ?But Communications Minister Stephen Conroy argues the prices quoted by Internode are comparable with current prices for a bundled internet package which also includes telephone line rental.
What about those with VOIP instead of landline rental ?
I think it is a bit early to be too critical just yet. They still have to connect the rest of Oz land to the shiny blue cable which is going to take about 7 - 10 years. Lot's can happen in this amount of time.
The prices don't seem too out of whack, provided you want the actual speeds being offered.
One downside to very fast speeds, particularly if you are on a relatively low download limit of 50GB or less say, is that you tend to waste a lot of download capacity when you are just casually viewing videos to see if any are interesting.
For instance, I am really in to TED talks, but I might only watch 20% or 30% of the talks in full. I usually start viewing a talk and if after a few minutes I find it not interesting, I skip to another. On low bandwidth links, the amount downloaded is often just a bit more than the portion you have watched, so if you watch 10% of a 50MB video say, perhaps only 7 or 8MB have been downloaded when you decide to skip the rest. But with fast links, you may find the whole 50MB has been downloaded.
So you may find that if you are skipping between YouTube videos, watching just bits but not all of most, you may find on NBN links you have downloaded 10 or 11 times more in the space of an hour than you would have downloaded using typical ADSL links today. So people may find that the increase in speed alone may force them to go for a much higher download limit than they currently need for the same workload.
Hmmm. I currently have a 100GB ADSL2+ plan with Bigpond (in Wodonga) which costs $109/mth (includes line rental, free local calls, $1 cap untimed STD calls, discount International calls & T-Box).
No other ADSL2+ bundle plan from Bigpond has those features I want (above) at a lower cap limit. The next cap down in their bundles is a laughable 5GB p/mth!!
Due to distance from the nearest ADSL2+ enabled exchange, my best speed is only 5.6MB D/L / .6 MB U/L.
I currently average around 15GB per mth at those speeds, with occasional spikes up to a max so far of 20GB over the last couple of years. Bigpond's stability of service has been much better than the cheaper TPG crap service I was on (allways had frequent dropouts, service outages etc before switching to Bigpond).
Forget the 100MB speed. I'd actually be rapt with the lower speed 25/5 NBN service - that would still mean ~ 4-5x faster browsing & d/ling for me. Plenty good enough for stable HD IPTV video services
If Internode even supplied NBN to Wodonga?... I reckon I'd have to go for their 25/5MB, 200GB/Mth Silver Plan ($90/mth). However, that price DOES NOT include a T-Box, free Australia-wide local calls, $1 capped STD calls. A plan with all these "extras" is still going to cost me around $40 on top of that $90 - so around $130/Mth? Then again, I'll probably still be with Bigpond, so make that $150/Mth??!!
Additionally, I'm a bit concerned at these comments from Internode's manager further on in that SMH article-Hopefully, 200GB/mth will be enough for me to enjoy full HD IPTV & online movie hire services. Then again, I wouldn't be surprised to find that won't be enough either - and I'll have to "upgrade" to 500GB/mth before too long. LOL.However, Mr Lindsay said the prices are provisional and could be higher in regional areas .
''As we are obliged in the future to connect at regional points of interconnection, that is likely to drive our costs up and that may result in us having to charge more for the service for people in those regional areas .''
''Until we have offers from any of the wholesale carriers to provide us with backhaul from those points of interconnet, we don't know [how much more it will cost].''
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/technology/...#ixzz1SmX7Htoa
Oh well. I better not hold my breath. NBN to Wodonga may as well be light years awaaaayyyyy....
Last edited by Aussiejeff; 22nd-July-2011 at 09:46 AM.
It will be like ADSL, come down in price overtime. Hopefully NBN comes up with a half decent pricing model as well.
The only thing I want is higher quotas.
Exetel releases commercial NBN prices http://www.zdnet.com.au/exetel-relea...-339319168.htm
Interesting blog quote by Exetel boss Linton re NBN future pricing...The pricing (on a 12-month contract) starts at $34.50 a month for 20GB at 12Mbps/1Mbps. For 200GB at that same speed will cost $74.50.
Exetel has provided two sets of 25Mbps download speed plans, one with 5Mbps upload speed and one with 10Mbps.
For 20GB and 200GB, the 5Mbps uplink speed will cost $37.50 and $79.50 respectively, and the 10Mbps uplink speed will cost $39.50 and $84.50 respectively.
20GB at 50Mbops/20Mbps will cost $44.50, with 200GB costing $89.50.
20GB at 100Mbps/40Mbps will cost $49.50 and 200GB will cost $99.50.
Hmmm.....Linton said on his blog that users shouldn't expect to pay the same prices for broadband over NBN fibre as they do for ADSL.
"At 'NBN2's' wholesale pricing today that simply isn't going to happen ... at least not from Exetel. Why? Because the monthly port cost of the lowest speed fibre service and the 'backhaul/CVC' cost is higher than even Telstra Wholesale charge for an ADSL2 service ... and is almost double the cost of an Optus ADSL2 service ... and that the fibre cost is going to get much higher once the 'trial phases' end and the [points of interconnect] move to their planned 121 locations instead of, as they now are, in CBD major datacentres," he said.
I used to be with Exetel...take everything Linton says and does with a grain of salt. Simon Hackett is a much better person to listen to.