iiNet announces NBN satellite plans

Satellite plans start from $39.95 per month for 20GB of data

Internet service provider, iiNet, has announced plans for a National Broadband Network (NBN) satellite service to be released in March this year with prices starting at $39.95 a month.

iiNet and Westnet customers living in NBN satellite coverage areas will have a choice of two plans; satellite bundled with phone or satellite. The satellite plan costs $39.95 per month when bundled with the phone plan and comes with six megabits per second (Mbps) download speed, one Mbps upload speed and 20 gigabytes (GB) of data. The satellite plan on its own has the Mbps speeds and 20GB of data but costs $49.95 per month.

According to iiNet chief executive, Michael Malone, the plans will offer speeds up to six times faster than those of existing satellite services. “The introduction of these new satellite services means that those Australians living and working in regional or remote areas can now enjoy the benefits that come with faster and more reliable internet access,” he said in a statement.

iiNet currently services more than 9000 satellite customers through its Westnet business.

In February the company posted a first half year revenue of $365 million following its acquistions of Internode for $105 million and TransACT for $60 million.

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