iiNet confuses with first NBN pricing

Second ISP announces prices for NBN

iiNet has become the second Internet service provider after iPrimus to announce pricing for its stage one National Broadband Network (NBN) trial sites in Tasmania.

However, pricing and package details remain unclear, as the ISP has released two slightly different grids.

The packages announced in a press release issued by iiNet are identical to those the ISP already offers at its own fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) trial sites in University Hills and Point Cook in Victoria. These packages range from $49.95 for 25 megabits per second (Mbps) speeds and a 10GB monthly data quota, to $159.95 per month for full 100Mbps speeds with 180GB of quota. These packages also offered tiered upload speeds, ranging from two to eight megabits per second similarly to iPrimus.

However, a pricing grid available on iiNet's NBN information site at time of writing has significantly reduced upload speeds of between one and five megabits per second. While the download limits, downstream speeds and monthly prices are all identical, the difference in upload speeds potentially confuses users and could deter those who need higher upstream speeds.

iiNet is also yet to announce any business plans under the NBN, or if it will offer symmetrical downstream/upstream speeds to facilitate high-bandwidth applications such as multi-party video conferencing and large-file uploads.

Computerworld Australia contacted iiNet for comment, but did not receive a reply at time of writing.

iiNet has adopted the NBN Co's "retail service provider" (RSP) term to differ it from more traditional Internet service providers, but its first NBN packages don't differ dramatically from those ADSL2+ subscribers would be used to. Early adopters who sign up to the packages before 31st September 2010 won't have to pay the $180 setup fee, which was initially expected to cost $300. Early adopters will also receive iiNet's BoB ADSL2+ modem, wireless router and VoIP phone for free.

Residents at the trial sites - Midway Point, Smithton and Scottsdale - will get a choice of NBN packages from iPrimus, iiNet and Internode, the last of which is yet to reveal pricing.

Update: iiNet has since rectified its website. Its first stage NBN packages will provide tiered upstream speeds of between two and eight megabits per second.

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