TPG returns fire in broadband battle

TPG returns fire in broadband battle

Summary: Internet service provider (ISP) TPG has fired the latest volley onto the bandwidth battlefield, offering "unlimited" broadband plans available from today.

TOPICS: Broadband, Telcos, TPG, NBN

Internet service provider (ISP) TPG has fired the latest volley in the bandwidth battle, offering "unlimited" broadband plans available from today.

The new plan offers customers unlimited ADSL2+ uploads and downloads, with home phone line rental and TPG's IPTV product included in the $79.99 price tag.

Craig Levy, TPG general manager, consumer sales said in a statement today that the new offerings give "better value" than the company's closest competitors, attaching a comparison table to underline his point.

TPG's plan comparison

TPG's unlimited plan versus its iiNet and Primus competitors.(Credit: TPG)

"Our competitors have created hype around their newly released Terabyte plans, but we believe that our Home Phone and Unlimited Broadband plan offers better value and the most affordable price. Our new plan has no limits on usage quota and Home Phone Line Rental is included," Levy said.

Levy told ZDNet Australia that TPG's acquisition of Pipe Networks gave the company a unique edge in the unlimited bandwidth market.

"Our acquisition of Pipe Networks gives us access to large amounts of national and international fibre-optic broadband capacity through the undersea cable that connects Australia to the US and Japan," he said.

"We are one of the few players that have the capability to do this," Levy added.

iiNet fired the first shot in the terabyte broadband barrage in mid-August.

Primus, TPG and most recently, Internode followed suit.

(Front page Ready to Rock image by US Army, CC 2.0)

Topics: Broadband, Telcos, TPG, NBN

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  • I was on TPG's unlimited plan several weeks before iiNet or anyone else offered Terrabyte plans. IN FACT - I moved from iiNet to TPG BECAUSE iiNet had NO PLANS to satisfy my quota needs (after almost 6 years with iiNet) - When I asked iiNet before moving if I "could please have more data, I am willing to pay" - I was told a flat no (see Whirlpool search iiNet threads for "Home 8").

    So, how is this news now ? Why wasn't this news when TPG offered true unlimited plans months ago ?
  • This plan is only available on selected (limited) exchanges. Something that your article fails to mention. It's not such a ground breaker if only a small percentage of customers can take up this plan.
  • Another thing your article fails to mention and therefore I really think it is just free advertising for TPG and lacking in journalistic credibility
    Churning to TPG homephone is not available for existing customers. You can avail this by cancelling your Existing ADSL2+ plan then apply for this plan.

    So even existing customers can't get it unless they cancel their service and start a new contract , loosing connectivity in the downtime , removing codes etc.
  • A few months ago I was on Dodo @ 1500 speeds for $69.95 per mth. Like others I pleaded with Dodo for a year to get a better plan and was totally ignored. In frustration I turned to TPG and got sucked into this plan at $49.95 per mnth (no home phone because it does NOT support back to base home alarms) at what is supposed to be high end ADSL2 speeds . My experience is that its no faster than the Dodo service and an awful lot of the 180 gb download is between 2-4am so its structured as a marketing ploy as much as being of any value. Also there are limited exchanges and within each exchange only some areas get the highest speeds - mostly within 1km of the actual exchange so be careful and do your research - its not that great.
  • I've been with TPG for three years and only occasionally had minor issues. Speed has been more consistently faster than my work's Telstra Wholesale-based Internode ADSL (even though my work's modem syncs faster, actual data transfers are about a third and Internode Support can't help).

    TPG are cheap and cheerful, I equate them with MSY or Umart in that you don't get the best customer service but you get lower prices. However, I can't change to any of TPG's new plans as there is no way to migrate SS to ULL without downtime.
  • This would be great if I could get ADSL2+ How about they start a battle for ADSL for people that don't have exchanges that have been upgraded to ADSL2+????