TPG reveals NBN plans

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TPG reveals NBN plans

Company continues building out FTTB.

TPG has debuted its new internet and home phone bundle plans for the national broadband network, offering unlimited data quotas for all six packages.

TPG today officially unwrapped six plans it hinted at last month during its investor meeting, amidst controversy surrounding its own efforts to build a limited fibre-to-the-basement network.

The plans will be offered across two NBN speed tiers - 12Mbps down and 1Mbps up; and 100Mbps down and 40Mbps up - and range from $59.99 per month to $79.99 per month for 12/1, and $89.99 to $109.99 for 100/40.

The monthly cost does not include an upfront $99.95 installation fee. The plans offer a no lock-in contract.

Each plan also includes unlimited data - which TPG general manager Craig Levy said was possible thanks to TPG’s significant infrastructure arsenal.

"The reason TPG is able to offer these new plans at market leading price points is because of the group's substantial telecommunications infrastructure. We own fibre connecting to NBN's points of interconnect. We own the inter-capital bandwidth following our recent acquisition of AAPT. We own the undersea PPC-1 submarine cable system connecting Australia to the international internet," he said.

"With domestic peering arrangements with Telstra and Optus and one of the largest fixed voice networks in Australia, we are in a privileged position to bring extraordinary value to consumers."

TPG is currently under scrutiny by the Communications Department and Minister Malcolm Turnbull over its decision to roll out fibre-to-the-basements of an extra 500,000 apartments across metropolitan Sydney and Melbourne.

The company is using loopholes in anti-cherry picking legislation established by the previous Labor Government to build the network, which could undermine NBN Co’s activities in those areas.

NBN Co chairman Ziggy Switkowski has previously said TPG’s move has the potential to “severely” impact the economics of the NBN. TPG has already started construction on a number of sites under the project.

Last month TPG put forward its case to be allowed to continue in its efforts to expand the number of premises attached to its existing fibre network. TPG’s fibre network currently covers around 1600 buildings and 3800km. 

It argued its FTTB plans would not threaten the NBN as the premises it was targeting would be existing HFC customers, and it would only be able to secure a percentage of the remaining non-HFC customers. 

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