Primus Telecom today revealed its National Broadband Network pricing for the early roll-out sites in Tasmania, with the ISP’s top plan featuring 300GB of download quota at 100Mbps speeds for $139 when not bundled with an additional internet telephony line.
The company will also offer the same 300GB plan at slower speeds of 50Mbps and 25Mbps for $119 and $109 per month respectively. It will cut some $10 off those monthly charges if customers also sign up for a separate internet telephony phone line, with line rental starting at $24.95 per month.
The 300GB quota will be split into 80GB on-peak and 220GB off-peak chunks, with the off-peak period being between 12AM and 12PM.
All up, according to Primus’s general manager of marketing and products Andrew Sims, the ISP will offer around 12 broadband plans to customers in the early rollout towns including Smithtown, Scottsdale and Midway Point.
Customers will be able to choose a variety of speeds and match those with a variety of monthly download limits to achieve their desired price point. For example, Primus will also offer plans with 15GB, 40GB and 130GB monthly data allowances. When customers exceed either their off-peak or on-peak allowances, their connection will be shaped down to 128kbps.
Primus will also offer some bundled plans — for example, it has plans starting from $89.95 a month that will include local, national and mobile calls as well as 25Mbps speeds.
One of these bundled plans, the iPrimus Max FTTH plan will be available half-price for the first six months, meaning customers will only pay $44.97 per month for those months, with line rental on Primus’s internet telephony offering included and set-up and a wireless router being included free of charge. Customers will, however, need to sign up for a two-year contract.
The most basic plans will start from $39.95 per month for 25Mbps speeds with 15Gb of data allowance. The plans with data allowances below 300GB will offer peak hours of between 10AM to 2AM.
Sims said Primus had received “quite a decent reception” to the plans when they launched in Tasmania this morning, with the ISP’s call centre receiving positive feedback from customers — some of whom have already signed up, although at that stage Primus had not revealed the full extent of its NBN plans, only issuing a brief press release.
For example, the initial statement didn’t include any mention of the 300GB plans.
So far, preliminary NBN plan offerings released by other ISPs such as iiNet and Internode appear to be similar to their existing fibre plans in greenfield estates throughout Australia, while rival ISP Exetel appears to be taking an approach of pricing its NBN plans on a ‘pay as you use’ basis — with data charged per GB.