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jwhit at janwhitaker.com
Mon Feb 27 16:51:24 EST 2012
Telstra releases NBN prices but keeps copper lines
February 27, 2012 - 12:44PM
Telstra has announced its new pricing for the
national broadband network, including plans to
keep customers paying for copper-based telephone
connections for as long as possible.
Its broadband and voice bundles range from $80
per month to $150 per month for a minimum of two
years. But Telstra's customers must keep renting
copper telephone line if they want a telephone
service, and cannot get a broadband-only service.
However, the NBN has been designed to carry voice
services and accommodate all models of existing
telephones over fibre-optic connections. Other
carriers have announced voice and broadband plans
which do not require customers to keep renting a copper line.
The copper telephone lines will be decommissioned
about 18 months after NBN Co finishes installing
fibre-optic in a designated area.
Telstra's executive director of customer service,
Peter Jamieson, said the pricing is designed to
mirror the broadband and voice bundles currently
available over the copper network.
We have taken the decision that it is much
clearer for customers if the same pricing applies
across the technologies," he said.
Copper services will still be available in NBN
areas for some time to come. Telstra will
activate voice services on NBN once copper is decommissioned."
The NBN pricing will be available from tomorrow
to customers already connected to the new
government-funded fibre-optic network. These new
bundles are also available to Telstra customers using existing technologies.
Telstra's cheapest bundle on the NBN is $80 per
month for a telephone line and a 5 gigabyte (GB)
download allowance over fibre-optic cable at 25 megabits per second (Mbps).
This rate includes professional installation and a wi-fi modem.
A stand-alone NBN broadband service with no
telephony is $50 per month, plus $32 per month
for copper-based voice services and a $350 installation fee.
Telstra is not selling any services at the
entry-level speed of 12 (Mbps), which is faster
than what most Australians can access today.
Along with the $80 plan, Telstra released a $90
plan which includes 200 GB, $100 plan with 200 GB
and unlimited calls to local numbers and Telstra
mobiles, ranging up to $150 per month for the
fastest speeds an unlimited calls nationally.
Government-owned NBN Co sells services on its
network directly to carriers for $24 per month
for the entry-level 12 Mbps service, plus some
access and usage charges. It must sell the same
services to all carriers at the same prices and conditions.
To date, no other carrier requires to customers
keep their copper telephone line for voice services on the NBN.
However, they all offer different types of plans
and bundles. For example, Optus gives a discount
on NBN Co if the customer also takes a post-paid mobile phone services.
iiNet charges $50 a month plus an extra $10 per
month for unlimited telephony services. Extel
charges has an entry level price of $35 a month
including telephony, and charges 10 cents per
call to fixed lines and 22 cents per minute to
mobiles, while iPrimus charges $89 per month for
voice and broadband including all calls.
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This story was found at:
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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