Aussie Broadband lines up sliding NBN plans

Alex Kidman 29 January 2018 NEWS

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Pay for what you need, rather than spending too much on an unlimited plan.

Aussie Broadband has long sold its NBN plans on the promise of quality of connections, but its latest pricing scheme has a lot more to do with flexibility around data provisioning than the quality of the bits coming down the pipe to you.

With that in mind, Aussie Broadband has announced what it's calling "data slider" plans with variable data quantities available at each speed tier. The essential idea is that (according to Aussie Broadband's logic), you don't want to pay for data that you're not using, so having a huge data quantity on a lower-speed 12Mbps plan doesn't make much sense.

Equally, if you're spending up big on speed, it's going to suck to run out of data. As such, all of Aussie Broadband's new plans come with selectable data quotas, ranging from as little as 10GB per month on a 12/1Mbps plan all the way up to 3,000GB on a 250Mbps plan. Pricing ranges from $40 for 10GB on an nbn 12 plan up to $300 for a 3,000GB nbn 250 plan.

Aussie Broadband is also introducing new plans at 150Mbps and 250Mbps, but those plans are limited by technology type and available CVC. Specifically, the company states that the 125Mbps plan will only be available on Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) services on Points of Interconnect (POIs) where Aussie Broadband has over 500mbps of CVC provisioned. Likewise, the 250Mbps plans are only going to be offered on Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) services on Points of Interconnect (POIs) where Aussie Broadband has over 1000mbps of CVC provisioned. Or in other words, not in all areas.

However, Aussie Broadband managing director Philip Britt is steering clear of offering unlimited data NBN plans.

"In our view, unlimited currently means congestion becomes virtually unavoidable, and we have a commitment to manage our network to avoid congestion wherever possible. We would add that all these new plans now have 1Mbit shaping when you reach your data limit, rather than the current 256 Kbit shaping limit."

If you're an existing Aussie Broadband NBN subscriber, you can stay on your existing plan, and those tiers will still be offered alongside the sliding plans as well.

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