SkyMesh releases first plans for NBN satellite

Kenneth Tsang 14 December 2015

Skymesh releases first plans

SkyMesh promises plans of up to 150GB per month over NBN satellite, set to be available to consumers early next year.

NBN service provider SkyMesh has released the pricing for its NBN Satellite Plans for homes and businesses in regional and rural Australia. The plans are the first to be released since NBN Co updated its satellite rollout plans to allow higher-capacity plans, though they still feature significantly less data than typical fibre or ADSL broadband plans.

Standard plans start from $34.95 per month for 5GB of data to use at anytime and go up to $199.95 per month for 60GB of anytime data at a higher 25/5 Mbps speed tier.  All standard plans also include generous amounts of off-peak data of up to 90GB.

Anytime dataOff-peak dataMonthly Cost (12/1 Mbps)Monthly Cost (25/5 Mbps)

SkyMesh also offers "Night Owl" plans which offers large off-peak allowances at a relatively low cost compared to standard plans.  These plans are ideal for heavy users who can schedule their downloads during the off-peak times of 1am to 7am.  Plans start at $34.95 per month with 50GB of off-peak data.

Anytime dataOff-peak dataMonthly Cost (12/1 Mbps)Monthly Cost (25/5 Mbps)

All of SkyMesh's plans are month-to-month, giving customers the option to cancel at any time without penalty.  A $10 per month discount is also provided to customers who bundle their phone service with SkyMesh.

Customers exceeding their data allowances each month will have their peak internet speed shaped 128Kbps. However, they can also purchase additional data packs at $5 per GB for anytime data or $5 for 5GB of off-peak data.

SkyMesh's plans follow the strict limitations set by the NBN Co which are designed to prevent congestion and overcrowding on the satellite.  A hard limit of 150GB every four weeks for satellite customers has been set by NBN in its Fair Use Policy.

NBN's new satellite service is set to become available to consumers in the second quarter of next year and is designed to provide broadband services to more than 400,000 premises around Australia who will not be covered by the fixed wireless or fixed-line rollout.

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