AusBBS outs unlimited NBN plans

AusBBS outs unlimited NBN plans

Summary: New ISP entrant AusBBS has revealed National Broadband Network plans with unlimited data, provided users do not breach the company's acceptable use policy.


For as little as AU$90 per month, new ISP entrant Australian Broadband Services (AusBBS) is offering unlimited data on the National Broadband Network (NBN).

For AU$90 per month, customers will get unlimited data on the 25Mbps down/5Mbps up plan. For an extra AU$10 they can go up a speed tier to the 50Mbps/20Mbps service, or for an extra AU$20, they can go on the 100Mbps/40Mbps service with AusBBS.

The ISP, which positions itself as the first fully cloud-based ISP startup, was founded by several veterans of the telecommunications industry in 2012, and wholesales from a number of other telcos, including Next Gen, AAPT and Vocus to service customers on the NBN.

The organisation already has pay as you go NBN plans but AusBBS CEO Rob Appel told ZDNet that there was an opening for unlimited data plans that would suit families where there are multiple devices in the household, and keeping track of data use was an issue.

While the plan is pitched as "unlimited", in the world of telecommunications, there is no true unlimited plan, and the NBN plans will be bound by the ISP's acceptable use policy.

This means that usage that would be considered "non-ordinary" for any one household, would be seen as being in breach of the policy.

The connectivity virtual circuit (CVC) charge built in as a capacity charge on the NBN is not currently charged to ISPs,  which could potentially limit the ability for ISPs to offer true unlimited plans should the NBN ever begin charging it. Appel said that because AusBBS isn't buying services directly from NBN Co, it wasn't getting these charges directly but he could not say whether it would impact on the plans when NBN Co starts using the CVC charge.

Topic: NBN


Armed with a degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Journalism, Josh keeps a close eye on the telecommunications industry, the National Broadband Network, and all the goings on in government IT.

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  • People get sucked in by "unlimited" data plans all the time. They also get sucked in by "up to" speed claims too. With the NBN at least one problem is solved. However that all goes out the window with the coalition clowns gimped version. I'm sure Turnbull and his loyal apologist fan crew will be ready with the excuses should that happen...
    Hubert Cumberdale
  • More of the same

    "The company's startling admission of sloppy work practices prompted comparisons between the NBN rollout and the Rudd government's disastrous pink-batts scheme, which was beset by botched installations and linked to four deaths and almost 200 house fires before it was dumped.

    Communications Minister Stephen Conroy acknowledged the scale of the problem last night when he revealed he called Telstra chief executive David Thodey to express his "serious concerns" about the claims of asbestos mishandling."

    The govt that keeps on giving. Great job team;-)
    Richard Flude
    • What does this have to do with the article?

      I think you've become a bit unhinged when you start posting random bile against the NBN Richard...perhaps you should start your own blog?
      • We can only respond to articles now?

        I see Josh posted an article after mine, and was attacked for it.

        Sorry to upset the fanboys, surprising given the advice you all offered the other day about how more learned you all were;-)
        Richard Flude
  • two things

    1. Its a shame that providers cannot offer free intranet usage. This is usage that occurs within the PVC / megapop) but not obviously not external to your ISP (or better still NBN).

    Its easily measured and identified. Free usage between users on the NBN, a bit like how some ADSL providers provide various services on different VCIs, would allow for innovative technologies and such to be developed. In terms of cost to the provider it would be zero and covered for with the fees that you already pay.

    I have several business plans that could take advantage of this.

    2. Richard, what do your posts have to do with regarding Josh's article?