iiNet undercuts Internode with NBN pricing

iiNet undercuts Internode with NBN pricing

Summary: iiNet has become the third internet service provider (ISP) to officially unveil business and consumer pricing for broadband plans on the National Broadband Network (NBN), with prices starting at $49.95 per month.

TOPICS: NBN, Broadband, Telcos

iiNet has become the third internet service provider (ISP) to officially unveil business and consumer pricing for broadband plans on the National Broadband Network (NBN), with prices starting at $49.95 per month.

The basic $49.95 package is for a 12 megabit per second (Mbps) downlink, 1Mbps uplink service, with 20GB of on-peak and 20GB off-peak data per month. From there, iiNet has 11 other NBN packages, with speeds of 25Mbps/5Mbps, 50Mbps/20Mbps and 100Mbps/40Mbps, and download limits of 200GB and a massive 1TB per month. The most a customer will fork out for the highest speed, highest download plan on the NBN is $99.95 per month with iiNet.

For business customers, the packages are essentially identical, but are $30 extra per package per month.

The pricing unveiled by iiNet significantly undercuts that of ISP rival Internode, which put its most expensive 1TB, 100Mbps plan at $90 more than iiNet's at $189.95. Even Internode's cheapest plan is still $10 more than the cheapest iiNet plan.

iiNet's plans are on par with Exetel's lower plans, which asked $39.50 for 50GB at 12Mbps. iiNet customers will get more bang for their buck on the higher-end plans, however, as Exetel's highest speed plan only offers a maximum of 200GB of downloads per month for $99.50.

Dodo is the only other ISP to have indicated its prices for NBN plans, planning sub-$40 per month products.

Topics: NBN, Broadband, Telcos


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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  • Nice. Very nice. So for $99 I can get 1tb (what I am getting now and what I am paying now for ADSL2+) now but with decent download and upload speeds? And for $10 more I can get a Netphone so I'll be paying $30 less than what I am paying now for the total phone+net package. Where do I sign?
    Hubert Cumberdale
  • Cool, the price wars have started already and the things only just started. For the same money I'm paying Telstra for 50Gb at 50/1, I'll get 100Gb/100Gb at 100/40

    I'm with HC, where do I sign??!
  • Love the good news....the downside is that living outside Canungra at Wonglepong in the GOLD Coast hinterlang ..we can only get ADSL as we're too far from the exchange...I can only dream of such things. So maybe in a few years we'll catch up and go to ADSL2....then a few years after that...we'll get the close but so far!
    • The good news is that if you're living in or around Wonglepong, you probably won't have to wait much longer than 2-3 years for faster service via the NBN.

      The slightly less-good news is that based on what I can estimate, Wonglepong won't be getting fibre. You will be in the wireless broadband area, and eligible for a 12/1Mbps service. Canungra township will get fibre, but Wonglepong's population of ~400 and its low density and distance from Canungra (and other more populated centres) make it a less likely proposition for fibre under NBN Co's current 93% rules.

      Under the current rollout timetable, LTE-based wireless broadband will be fully rolled out to the 93-97% area (including all non-fibred areas near the Gold Coast) by around 2014. And that rollout plan is unlikely to change, regardless of a change of government in 2013.
  • The entry level prices are more expensive than comparable deals that TPG offer today. The other problem with the NBN is that prices will increase every year which is the opposite of what happens overseas. Many Australians have been easily conned by Labor's spin. So much for an ACCC that actually protects consumers. They seem to be missing in action on this one.
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