We have all heard that the estimated cost of setting up the National Broadband Network is about $43 billion, or $2,150 per man woman and child in Australia.
But what about the monthly cost when we start to use it ?
May 25, 2010 – $90 pm – 25mb Speed, ?? data
Primus will offer its iPrimus Max FTTH plan for $44.97 a month for 15 gigabytes of data at speeds of 25 megabits per second when the network is switched on in July. This plan also includes telephone line rental and unlimited local, national and mobile calls.
But that deal will only last for six months after which time Primus will double the price of monthly access to $89.94.
May 17, 2010 – $130 pm – 100Mb speed, 120GB data.
iiNet will deliver ?? but you’ll have to mortgage your house to afford it ?? the ISP will charge $129.95 per month for a 100Mbps service with a total of 120GB of included data.
Oct, 2010 – $70 pm – 25mb speed, 200Gb data
October 8, 2010 – $160+ pm – 100Mbps speed, ??
The cost of entry level products ?? roughly equivalent to ADSL2+ speeds of 20 to 25 Mbps ?? in the Tasmania pilot roll-out is as low as $30 a month. That, however, is without NBN Co charging a wholesale fee, which would add another $30 to $35 a month. There are other 25 Mbps plans in Tasmania that, after an initial discount period expires, cost $90 a month.
To actually get the 100 Mbps or more that is the major selling point for the NBN, however, the monthly cost (without a wholesale charge) is as much as $160 a month.