There's been lots of discussion about what National Broadband Network pricing might look like, and we've always known Tasmania would be the first to get it. Primus today became the first ISP to announce full NBN pricing for Tasmanian regional customers using the fibre to the home (FTTH) network being built on the Apple Isle, and it's something of a mixed bag.
While the prices haven't hit the Primus site at this writing, a company press release says that the cheapest plans will be $39.95 — though that presumes a bundled phone plan and a minimum 12 month month contract. The high-speed Max FTTH plan, which includes local, national and mobile calls, costs $44.97 a month, including line rental, for the first six months (after which it doubles, and you'll have another 18 months to go). That plan includes 5GB of peak and 10GB of offpeak data, after which you'll be shaped. An added bonus: Primus offers ABC iView without counting towards those caps. The off-peak period is 2am to 10am, which is better than some other providers.
Compared to the pricing for alternative options in Tasmania (which would often be basic ADSL1, Next G or nothing), those look pretty good. However, having to sign up to a long-term contract and buy other services isn't a model of flexibility. That's not exactly surprising, but it would be nice to see more stripped down options in the future.
Sound like a good deal? Too rich for your blood? Download your thoughts in the comments.