iiNet withdraws top-tier NBN satellite plan, cites strain on service

iiNet will no longer offer its 20GB per month NBN satellite plan

iiNet this morning announced it will cease signing up new customers to its top-tier National Broadband Network satellite service. The cancelled plan offered a 20GB monthly quota.

The announcement leaves iiNet with a single plan delivered through the NBN's Interim Satellite Service: A 10GB, $39.95 a month plan.

The ISP's chief regulatory officer, Steve Dalby, said that the popularity of iiNet's plans had put "considerable strain" on NBN Co's existing satellite service.

"With no possibility of a network upgrade available from NBN Co, each new customer was adversely impacting the speed and experience of our current satellite customers," Dalby said in a statement.

"So, we have decided, after careful consideration and for the benefit of the 6000 customers already connected to iiNet’s interim satellite service to only offer our very attractive 10GB plan."

iiNet customers currently on the 20GB plan will not be affected.

NBN Co's satellite service is intended to deliver Internet access to some 3 per cent of the population who, under the current NBN rollout scheme, won't have access to fibre-based connections or fixed wireless. The service will deliver 25Mbps downloads and 5Mbps uploads when it goes live, which is scheduled for 2015.

Until then, the NBN wholesaler is operating the Interim Satellite Service, which offers 6Mbps downloads and 1Mbps uploads. The interim service went live in July 2011.

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