update The nation's number two telco will stop
selling ADSL plans at 256Kbps -- the lowest speed commonly
sold in Australia.
"We have eliminated the 256Kbps speed and Optus DSL broadband
customers will now receive at least 512Kbps downstream speed," said
Optus' consumer group marketing director Michael Smith in a statement.
Optus has also overhauled its pricing structure for ADSL
services, in the process allocating larger download limits.
"Extensive research by Optus showed customers wanted plans
that are easy to understand and improved broadband services,"
"With the increased use of broadband for music, education and
entertainment, speed and download limits are more important to
Optus has also extended its off-peak time zone -- which comes
with separate and higher download limits than its on-peak times
-- so that it lasts from midnight to midday each day.
Optus' new plans offer customers a range of download limits at
two speeds (512Kbps and 1.5Mbps), with prices ranging from $39.95
per month to $79.95 per month. Customers who bundle their
broadband plans with either an Optus fixed or mobile phone line
receive $10 off their broadband plan monthly charge.
Customers who exceed their download limits will have their connection cut down to dialup speeds.
The new plans come as Optus has recently quietly retreated on
its stated plans to offer customers migrating to its new ADSL
infrastructure speeds up to 20Mbps. However ZDNet Australia
understands the speeds have not yet been finalised and may change before the company formally launches its new, high-speed ADSL hardware to the market.