Tuesday, 26 October 2010 17:15

Internode's better 50GB deal, take that, Telstra!


Competition in the telco section continues apace despite the glacially impending NBN, with Internode slicing some prices after having squeezed blood from a stone by wringing better pricing from Telstra Wholesale, with the hope that ongoing negotiations will see even better pricing.

Although the NBN will slowly arrive over the next 8 years to solve world hunger, restore dignity and honesty to the political class and bring peace to a challenged world, while securing Senator Stephen Conroy's legacy as the Conroy the Censoror who managed to outdo China and Iran in similar endeavours, the real world sees airy-fairy broadband boondoggles replaced by telcos delivering lower pricing and better services today, on existing networks.

The news has come that presumably hard-nosed bargaining between Internode and Telstra Wholesale has eventually secured an outcome, which in this case means national broadband provider, Internode, can boost data quotas and cut prices over its range of ADSL Fast broadband plans.

The headline price cut is a 50GB download plan that is $30 cheaper than the older one, while avoiding uploads being counted as part of the download limit as Telstra still does, despite all of its rhetoric about improving customer service (although to be fair to Telstra, it has made some surprisingly good customer service moves of late, from lowering some of its own wireless broadband prices to being able to use LogMeIn Rescue to better help its customers).

Internode says that the plans it delivers via Telstra Wholesale ports are ADSL2+ enabled at 1300 telephone exchanges around Australia, with 'high speed' ADSL1 available at other exchanges.

The news that Internode has enhanced the appeal of its Telstra-delivered services comes after news that Internode recently extended data quotas for some of its other plans, with the new Telstra-network-delivered services much more attractive.

For example, Internode's previous 100GB Fast2 plan has been boosted to 150GB, and if you're in Internode's 'Zone 1', $10 per month is knocked off the price.

Internode's product manager, Jim Kellett, said 'these revisions aimed to retain competitiveness for Internode's Australia-wide broadband plans', adding that 'the biggest reduction is $30 for the 50GB data quota plan for our customers in Zone 1 Telstra exchanges."

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Mr Kellett continues: 'The good news for Internode customers is that our Fast2 plans continue to count only downloaded data in their monthly quota, which makes our 50GB plan worth more than a 50GB plan from BigPond!'

Internode says its revisions to its ADSL Fast2 plan tables come after 'extended negotiations for more equitable wholesale pricing to resell Telstra's DSLAM equipment at telephone exchanges.'

Internode notes that, 'due to Telstra pricing that differentiates between exchanges in different areas, Internode has applied a two-tier price structure for its Home-Fast2 broadband plans. The prices for Zone 1 exchanges, where a Telstra competitor has DSLAM equipment installed, are lower than for comparable plans in Zone 2 and 3 exchanges, where Telstra retains a monopoly position. Latter plans are distinguished with the epithet 'Reach' in their names.'

The new Home-Fast2 plans launched today are:


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Plan Name                      Quota    Unbundled   Bundled     Comment
Home-Fast2-25                25GB     $69.95        $59.95      New plan - Zone 1 only
Home-Fast2-50                50GB     $79.95        $69.95      New plan - Zone 1 only
Home-Fast2-150              150GB   $139.95       $129.95    New plan - Zone 1 only
Home-Fast2-25-Reach       25GB     $79.95        $69.95      New plan - Zone 2&3 only
Home-Fast2-50-Reach       50GB     $89.95        $79.95      New plan - Zone 2&3 only
Home-Fast2-150-Reach     150GB   $149.95       $139.95    New plan - Zone 2&3 only

Internode says it has also 'launched new SOHO-Fast2 plans, which offer benefits to businesses such as a fixed IP address and faster excess shaping, for an extra $10 per month.

'With the release of these new plans, all existing Home and SOHO ADSL Fast plans are 'grandfathered'. That is, retained for current customers but not available for sale from today. Existing customers can use Internode's online plan changer to move to a new plan if they want.

'Internode is continuing negotiations with Telstra to further improve its supply price for these extended coverage ADSL2+ plans and hopes to release another round of enhancements in the near future.'

Full details of Internode's new Fast2 plans can be found online here.


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