Vodafone Australia reveals NBN offerings

Vodafone Australia reveals NBN offerings

Vodafone Australia, which begins selling National Broadband Network (NBN) services by the end of the year, has unveiled its price and service plans.

The company confirmed that it will shortly begin an internal trial of across 300 premises in an attempt to work out any potential problems pre-launch. 

Speaking to ZDNet, Matthew Lobb, Vodafone general manager of fixed broadband, said: "We're in the final stages of testing our network now; we've built it all, so we're in the process of making sure it's all hunky dory and we'll be shortly starting an internal trial and a friendly customer trial of around 300 customers."

Once given the go ahead, he said: “Then we'll quickly move to rolling out and launching initially in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Geelong, Newcastle, and Wollongong."

The telco has also promised to test all speed connections for customers within 15 days of installation to ensure they receive the speeds they are paying for. 

Vodafone is introducing three new plans to NBN, which works as combinations of unlimited data, bonus mobile data and a 30 day satisfaction guarantee. 

Home broadband price plans include: A$70 per month for 12Mbps in download speeds; A$80 for 25Mbps; A$95 for 50Mbps and A$110 for 100Mbps. All are available in 24-month and month-to-month payment options.

Business price plans will cost A$80 for 25Mbps; A$95 for 50Mbps and A$110 for 100Mbps.

In addition customers of this new service will have the option to opt out after 30 days of joining, a guaranteed 4G connection while they wait to connect to NBN as well as during outages, and customers can change speed tiers once per billing cycle for no fee.

"[NBN's] key innovation is that customers for the first time can choose the speed tier, and this is something that the market isn't selling particularly well, and we do want to give customers a clear understanding of what the choices are," added Lobb.

"We think offering the chance to try it out, and if they don't think they need it, to move back down -- we think that reassurance that they can try it is something the customers want."

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