The National Broadband Network, with its $2 billion satellite service, is bringing rural Australians bigger download allowances plus improved services for the benefit of remote school kids.
Thanks to greater use of its other networks beginning 2016, around three percent of homes and businesses are set for connection to the NBN using two dedicated satellites.
However, the company did impose strict download limits on plenty of its customers to make sure Internet speeds did not plummet for everyone during peak hours.
Last December, NBN announced an increase to these limits of 75 gigabytes per month during peak times. The increase is attributed to the use of the second satellite as well as the expansion of the company’s fixed wireless service to remote areas.
Customers will be able to enjoy an extra 75GB for downloads during non-peak times when there is less strain on the broadband capacity of the satellite service. This gives customers a monthly total allowance of 150GB.
Gavin Williams, nbn™ Fixed Wireless and Satellite executive general manager said the move was made possible by the 40,000 users who are being moved off satellite services onto the company’s other plans that use different networks.
Still, satellite users are set to face more restrictions compared to their counterparts in the city due to the nature of the technology.
In order to prevent people from downloading large amounts of data during peak periods, a “fair use” policy will be implemented.
Meanwhile, users on other NBN plans using fixed wireless or fixed line networks will primarily have their downloads managed at their ISP’s discretion.
Cheaper service exclusively for distance education students via satellite services will also be released by the NBN. It will provide an additional 50GB/month allowance for each pupil, which will go on top of the household’s existing services with fewer restrictions.
For every home, a maximum of three students will be allowed to apply – that means families can get up to 150GB more data per month on top of their plans.
The NBN’s interim satellite solution is what Regional Australians have been forced to use. It leases capacity off existing satellites.
Customers flocked to get the service and that led to slow download speeds with low data caps, sparking complaints. According to the NBN, the services will come online by mid-2016.
With nbn’s Sky Muster satellite you can enjoy a connection made to share. To get onboard Sky Muster or to subscribe to the upcoming Sky Muster Plans, call Activ8me today 13 22 88 or visit: http://www.activ8me.net.au/internet/skymuster
Article originally published as: NBN boosts satellite services for the bush