NBN doubles data limits for Sky Muster customers

Alex Kidman 27 June 2017

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From October, NBN Satellite customers could enjoy better download quotas.

While the vast majority of Australians will get their NBN via some kind of fixed line service, if you're in a more regional or rural area you may find that your premises sit in an area serviced by the NBN's Sky Muster Satellite.

These services are markedly different to the way that fixed line services operate, with plans in place that utilise fixed download quotas in order to maximise Sky Muster's availability across as many users as possible. When you consider the truly remote locations of some Sky Muster areas, this is still somewhat of an improvement to what's currently available. Some of these regions may currently have no service at all.

Still, many NBN Satellite customers wanted more and NBN has announced that it will deliver, at least at the wholesale end. It's going to start offering retail service providers plan options with double the maximum wholesale data limits and up to a 50% increase in average peak downloads.

Specifically, the changes will increase maximum usage during peak periods from up to 75GB/month to up to 150GB/month and double the maximum total data usage from 150GB/month to 300GB/month. The average peak data allowance that RSPs will be able to sell to providers will increase from 30GB to 45GB per month.

It's then up to the provider to sort out what that means for the plans it offers, but NBN's expectation is that it should lead to consumers enjoying larger peak and off-peak plans from satellite NBN providers.

As always, you can't pick or choose your NBN technology without physically changing your location, but you can see where you sit in the NBN plan and find out whether the NBN has been rolled out in your area by using our NBN plan tracker.

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