Thursday, 24 November 2011 14:24

Mainland capitals, at last, join Melbourne in BigPond 100mps cable

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BigPond cable customers in all mainland capitals and the Gold Coast are set to join Melbourne with speed upgrades to their broadband services, with download speeds of up to 100 megabits per second into their homes and for sharing across multiple users.


Melbourne customers of BigPond got their speed upgrades two years ago and today Telstra announced that customers in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Perth will soon be able to take up plans offering the increased download speeds.

The upgrade is expected to be available to Perth customers from the end of this month, and for Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sydney customers from 12 December.

Telstra Director of Fixed Voice and Broadband, John Chambers, said the upgrade provides 'additional capacity to Telstra's network and will provide one of the fastest broadband services available in Australia today.'

'With speeds of up to a maximum of 100 Mbps, BigPond Ultimate Cable means the whole household can do more things at the same time, like downloading movies on the computer while streaming internet radio on the T-Hub - all at high speed. 

'BigPond customers also enjoy no peak or off peak restrictions and peace of mind that they won't incur any additional usage charges - as speeds are slowed once the monthly usage allowance is reached,' Chambers said.

According to Chambers, the volume of data consumed over the average BigPond fixed internet connection more than doubled in the last financial year and the upgrade would help meet the growth in broadband-connected devices and online media use in the home.

Chambers said that under the new plans, eligible customers can access BigPond Ultimate Cable for as little as $88 a month for 24 months on a bundle that includes a 200GB monthly data allowance and a home phone (min Cost: $2112 plus usage) as well as a Wi-Fi modem and free professional installation of the service.

Existing eligible BigPond Turbo and BigPond Elite cable customers will be able to upgrade to a BigPond Ultimate Cable plan without the need to sign up to a new contract when they purchase a BigPond Ultimate Cable self install Wi-Fi modem kit (RRP $149). BigPond Cable Ultimate, however, is only available to customers with 13 digit account numbers.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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