Australian alternative broadband operator Internode has announced the introduction of a number of new fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) tariffs at more than 20 real estate developments across the country, with the telco aligning speeds, monthly data allowances and prices with comparative products offered by NBN Co. As well as revising the broadband plans, Internode has also added a number of ‘add-on’ products, including its ‘Power Pack’ and ‘Business Pack’, both of which offer elements including static IP addresses and unlimited upload allowances. The new tariffs start at AUD49.95 (USD53) per month for a 12Mbps/1Mbps downstream/upstream connection with a 30GB monthly data allowance, while the most expensive new plan costs AUD164.95 per month in return for a 1TB data cap and speeds of 100Mbps/40Mbps. Customers will reportedly not be automatically migrated to the new plans, while Internode also said that its fibre-based services at Point Cook and South Brisbane would remain at higher prices than the new plans because of the ‘uncompetitive’ wholesale pricing offered by Telstra.
Internode noted in its announcement that, as well as offering fibre-optic services at all National Broadband Network (NBN) sites in Australia, it offers FTTH connectivity at greenfield real estate developments in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia via partnerships with wholesale providers OptiComm and OPENetworks.
Commenting on the launch of the new plans, Internode product manager Jim Kellett, said: ‘The new plans are ‘NBN-equivalent’ in terms of speeds, quotas and prices…As well as more competitive prices, we’ve launched the new 12Mbps/1Mbps level speed for FTTH customers and are delivering faster upload speeds with the standard services. We’ve also introduced the optional Power Packs and Business Packs so customers can tailor their fibre service to their particular needs.’