TPG dishes out unlimited NBN plan

TPG dishes out unlimited NBN plan

Summary: TPG has become the first ISP to offer unlimited data on the NBN.


Australian internet service provider (ISP) TPG has unveiled a new unlimited plan for the National Broadband Network (NBN), becoming the first company to offer unlimited data on the fibre network.


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The announcement came as part of the company's annual results reporting to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) this morning. For AU$69.99 per month, TPG customers on the NBN will get unlimited data on a connection of 12 megabits per second (Mbps) down and 1Mbps up, with a voice service included.

While many other ISPs have offered high data plans on the NBN, including up to 2TB per month, none have gone down the path of offering unlimited data. Under NBN Co's pricing model, it is believed that unlimited plans would be very expensive for any ISP to offer.

On top of the basic NBN access charge per user starting at AU$24 per month, ISPs also have to pay a connectivity virtual circuit charge, which secures bandwidth to a consumer from the point of interconnect (PoI). This fee is set at AU$20 per 1Mbps; however, NBN Co is currently rebating this charge while the network is rolling out for the first 150Mbps per month at each point of interconnect (PoI) until that particular PoI had passed 30,000 premises. Each of the 121 PoIs will service between 50,000 and 162,000 premises.

TPG's plan is currently the only one that the ISP has in the market. Dodo, one of the few remaining ADSL2+ providers to offer unlimited downloads aside from TPG, has yet to unveil its NBN plans.

TPG reported a 16 percent jump in net profit after tax for the 2012 financial year, up from AU$78.2 million in 2011 to AU$91 million in 2012. Between July 31, 2011, and July 31, 2012, TPG rolled out 725km of fibre, to bring its total network to 2,572km, covering 1,400 buildings.

The company added 47,000 broadband subscribers and 54,000 mobile customers for the 12 months, bringing its broadband customer base to 595,000 and its mobile customer base to 255,000.

Topics: Telcos, TPG, 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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  • ADSL2+ Unlimited Bundle $69.99

    With TPG I see sync speed 13mbps (some 2km from exchange). All without $50b in new infrastructure. Go figure;-)
    Richard Flude
    • LOL and now we find out exactly why richard is so bitter about the NBN. Everyone is jumping on the 25/5, 50/20 and 100/40mbps plans and richard here wants to be stuck on 13mbps for the rest of his life thinking a 12mbps unlimited plan is the reason why people want the NBN. HA!

      oh btw in the event that the coalition clowns get in at the next election and roll out their FttN patchwork you may see a meagre incremental speed increase; will you still be satisfied with that 13mbps or will whatever you end up getting be the new benchmark? Don't forget the price tag of $20 billion for their gimped version of the NBN when you are happy with 13mbps. You should write angry letters to Turnbull now to explain your dissatisfaction with their "plan" and explain how it is a waste when all you want is 13mbps.
      Hubert Cumberdale
      • you read the article?

        From the article responded to ( not the strawman version ) for the same service, same price mine cost the taxpayer nothing, yours currently over $4,000 per connection.

        Many technology options exist in a competive future, clearly only one in yours ( a govt monopoly provider ).
        Richard Flude
        • "for the same service, same price mine cost the taxpayer nothing"

          False. The network you are currently using for your ADSL2+ connection was paid for by tax payers...

          "yours currently over $4,000 per connection."

          Which will be paid for by the users of the network... you still haven't told us where the money to "upgrade" to FttN will come from either. Which way will you flop?

          "Many technology options exist in a competive future"

          LOL, mealy mouthed platitudes ftw... Here we are discussing last mile technologies. There are two to consider, there is the redundant copper which is on it's last legs and then there is fibre which NBNco will be replacing the copper with. Hope that helps.
          Hubert Cumberdale
          • sorry

            Ok, yours is $4,000 more than mine (need to suspend reality and ingore the money recovered by taxpayers for mine, projected for yours).

            The $4,000 is paid for by borrowing guaranteed by taxpayers, and MIGHT be paid for by users. Only one is certain.

            Any upgrade to fttn or any alternative should come from the private sector.

            Strange i thought we're talking about a bundled line & 12mbps service for $69.99 / mth, suddenly its now about last mile alternatives (where the hfc network no loner exists). Strawmen must be in short supply:-)
            Richard Flude
          • "Ok, yours is $4,000 more than mine (need to suspend reality and ingore the money recovered by taxpayers for mine, projected for yours)."

            LOL, so now we have confirmed you a hypocrite and now relying on special pleading for your argument. When the original copper network was rolled out there was NO GUARANTEE the money would be recovered either. But it did (imagine that). Now you'd think all that money that was earned over the years could have been used to to upgrade to fibre by now but that didn’t happen, instead Telstra was sold and you know the rest of the story, now we need NBNco to clean up the mess. Your implication that the money wont be recovered is simply ill-informed dribble. Fixed line communications will ALWAYS exist that IS a certainty and as such NBNco will make money.

            "Any upgrade to fttn or any alternative should come from the private sector."

            Good thing someone came up with the NBN plan then. FttN at this stage is pointless and a dead end solution, only the coalition clowns are clinging to this and putting any faith into it since it is political for them. As for the private sector they would most certainly cherry pick with any other "alternative" (really FttH) too.

            "The $4,000 is paid for by borrowing guaranteed by taxpayers, and MIGHT be paid for by users. Only one is certain."

            Might. LOL. So you are happy with your 13mbps on ADSL2+? Do you have any plans to end this subscription and go wireless only? (careful how you answer lol) yeah that's what I thought so, so you can get a 12/1mbps connection on the NBN and stop your whinging, I'm quite sure someone like you wont miss that other 1mbps.
            Hubert Cumberdale
          • i didnt vote for a govt. copper network

            however i'm old enough to havei experienced telecom when it was public sector, their quality of "service" and price gouging.

            how is my assessment of risk drivel and your assertion of none fact. we could go to the cost / benefit analaysis, but alas it wasnt performed.

            i can point to dozens of failed govt infrastrucure projects, telecommunication investments by the largest companies in the field that have returned less than 1/7 of the NBNCo projected returns. can we see what you have?

            why am i a hypocrite? i suspended reality to agree with your point.

            big finish; must agree, stop any dissent, this govt responsible, follow the borg...
            Richard Flude
          • An admission...

            You didn't vote for a government copper network...

            Indeed (and directly from the horses mouth) as I said previously, even though people such as you now cling to the copper network, if it had have been left to you, we wouldn't even have a copper network now...

            Irony, deja vu and there's your hypocrisy right there?
    • there he is again

      another nbn debate another comment from Mr flude. but at least now I get it. he has 13 Mbps. mate can you just leave the conversation to the people who would actually benefit which is millions? seriously mate most of the customers I deal with here in WA are lucky to prop up above 1Mbps. the nbn does not benefit you.I get it.we get it. you are not the centre of the universe though as much as you seem to think so.
      • fine then you pay for it

        didnt think so
        Richard Flude
        • You pay...

          But you keep harping on saying we (the taxpayers) are already paying for it. So why should we pay twice *sigh*.
  • Now now HC

    That's no way to speak to our Masters in Kellogg and 20 year IT guru...

    Heaven help his shareholders, eh?

    • hows your job going;-)

      finish that undergraduate yet?

      education and experience mocked by "visionary"
      Richard Flude
  • Fine... thanks for asking

    ...and BTW, it's also real.

    Unlike some who when losing a debate about IT and NBN finances, magically all of a sudden conveniently claim to be highly credentialed authorities in both Finance and IT... *priceless*
  • Ooh forgot

    Sad your common sense and vision has become lost in a mire of bigotry and pretentiousness ;-)