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Internode takes knife to FTTH prices

Internode has decided to slash the prices for its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) plans, bringing a more affordable price to the 100Mbps speed bracket.

Internode has decided to slash the prices for its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) plans, bringing a more affordable price to the 100Mbps speed bracket.

From today, 100GB at 100Mbps will be 35 per cent cheaper at $119.95. The internet service provider has also introduced three new fibre plans with 200GB data quotas, costing from $129.95 to $159.95.

There has been much concern recently over how FTTH services over the National Broadband Network would be priced. Internet service provider iiNet had indicated that the pricing would be consistent with its existing FTTH packages. Many worried that the prices might be too high for a wide take-up of 100Mbps speeds.

In comparison to Internode's pricing, iiNet currently offers households a 60GB off-peak and 60GB peak quota service with 100Mbps download and 5Mbps upload speed for $129.95 per month, and a similarly structured 180GB service for $159.95 per month. At the low end, it also offers a 25Mbps download with 1Mbps upload service on a 10GB per month service for $49.

Internode's 100Mbps plans were not the only ones to get a revamp. It has also boosted data quotas across its slower fibre plans. For example, its entry-level $49.95 plan has received an extra 10GB per month, to reach 15GB. Some plans have also seen price decreases, the company said.

In addition, Internode has up to doubled upstream speeds, with 25Mbps plans moving to 2Mbps, 50Mbps plans increasing to 4Mbps, and 100Mbps plans rising from 5Mbps to 8Mbps. However, to balance it out, Internode will count both downloaded and uploaded data in monthly quotas.

"With our partner Opticomm, Internode is learning how our customers use their FTTH services and what services they most want. We are also starting to see increased business utilisation of our fibre services, so we've made important changes to our range of SOHO plans such as introducing static IP addresses and offering quite radical upstream speeds, such as 16Mbps for our 100Mbps SOHO plans," Internode product manager Jim Kellet said in a statement. "Fibre is a brave new world for Australia and Internode is delighted to be part of it."