Optus releases trial NBN pricing plans

Summary:After lengthy negotiations with the National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co), Optus has today announced its pricing for trial services on the NBN, starting at $59.99 per month standalone.

After lengthy negotiations with the National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co), Optus has today announced its pricing for trial services on the NBN, starting at $59.99 per month standalone.

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On the basic 12 megabits per second (Mbps) download, 1Mbps upload service, a Naked $59.99 plan comes with 120GB of downloads per month. For $79.99 per month, users get 500GB of downloads per month. For people who want the faster speeds that the NBN can offer, Optus has included speed packs costing up to $20 extra per month, which will provide the full 100Mbps download, 40Mbps upload.

Optus had been holding out on releasing pricing, as negotiations were still underway over the wholesale broadband agreement between NBN Co and retail service providers (RSPs). Outgoing Optus director of government and corporate affairs Maha Krishnapillai told a parliamentary inquiry last month that the telco had wanted to confirm the agreement before releasing pricing.

"Once we have agreement on those terms and conditions, that will enable us to put out retailed pricing," he said. "Our view is, we are better off waiting until there is a little bit more clarity."

Optus told ZDNet Australia that although the company is still negotiating on the commercial wholesale broadband agreements, changes made by NBN Co recently move the company one step closer. The plans are on a month-to-month-contract basis for now, meaning that customers will not be locked in while negotiations for the agreement are still underway.

For customers in the NBN trial sites, Optus is also offering bundled plans, bundling the 12/1 Naked plan with a mobile for $39.95 per month, and its home phone with 25/5 broadband plans, such as a 1TB download plan for $129 per month.

Customers who sign up will also get free installation of a free "NBN Wi-Fi gateway" to set up the services, and Optus plans to include its Optus MeTV FetchTV service by the end of the year.

Optus consumer fixed director Anthony Shiner said in a statement that more plans, including small- to medium-business plans will be announced early next year.

"As the NBN roll-out progresses, we'll release a greater range of plans, as well as more exciting broadband bundles that combine the latest Optus digital products, such as Optus MeTV to help customers stay better connected and entertained."

Optus' pricing is relatively on par with that announced in September by iiNet, although iiNet's 1TB plan at the highest speed, including a phone service, comes in cheaper at $109.95.

Optus is the fourth telco to announce its trial NBN pricing plans, with all eyes on Telstra, which told ZDNet Australia that it did not plan to announce its pricing before the signing of the wholesale broadband agreement.

Topics: NBN, Broadband, Optus, Telcos

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