Telstra have also chosen to highlight its $59.95 per month plan for 12GB of downloads per month when I keep on hearing ads from TPG for a $49.95 per month package offering 100GB download split into 50GB peak and 50GB off peak.
Of course Telstra does offer a lot of additional content to its users, as well as unmetered access to services such as BigPond Music, TV, Movies, a news channel, sports and the list goes on.
But the Internet is not just what is offered by Telstra but what is out there from the entire planet, and while any locally included legal content is good, there’s lots of other free and paid legal content out there I’m interested in as well, be it from iTunes, or the ABC, or any number of other sites amongst the billions out there.
As previously noted, Telstra could clearly be doing a lot more, but is likely saving its ammo for the true NBN fight to come.
Fellow iTWire journalist Stuart Corner has nicely explained the situation facing Federal Minister for Communications, Senator Stephen Conroy, and Telstra, with Telstra now able to use lack of stronger government powers and the extra time before the legislation comes back to parliament next year to try and negotiate a more favourable “pre-Christmas” deal than any subsequently passed legislation would otherwise allow.
Naturally this puts great pressure onto Telstra to put the best foot forward, with Telstra CEO David Thodey recently speaking to business leaders at the American Chamber of Commerce, first noting that he couldn’t talk about the NBN but then seemingly on his vision of just that!
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In what ended up as a 22 page transcript, Thodey talked about the importance and incredible impact of communications and the Internet in our lives today.
Naturally, Thodey emphasised Telstra’s ability to deliver on his vision and presumably showcasing Telstra’s commitment to wanting to be part of any NBN (and hopefully on most of its own terms), but it’s up against what is arguably the most unpredictable Government of recent times.
Quite what this means for everyday Australians who will end up using whatever the Australian Government, Telstra and the other telcos cook up is still way up in the air.
All we know for certain is that both Telstra and the Federal Government are tough players, and both want to win and be seen as having engineered the best outcome.
Competitive carriers are also worried that a deal will be struck outside of the legislative framework, potentially allowing Telstra to somehow win itself a sweeter deal than competitors would like.
So, strap yourselves in, telco sector fans, for the NBN show could well have an interesting Christmas episode, but if not, we’ll have to wait for more fireworks next year!