Big Pond Ultimate Cable Plans Finally Hit Melbourne

Big Pond Ultimate Cable Plans Finally Hit Melbourne

We first heard about them a year ago, but Telstra’s ultra-fast cable plans are finally on sale to selected Melbourne consumers. On offer from the BigPond Ultimate plan is a theoretical maximum speed of 100Mbps, but you’ll pay for the privilege.

Recognising that cable speeds rarely hit the maximum, Telstra’s announcement shies away from specifying an actual speed. What it does specify is a price for a 12-month contracts: $89.95 a month for a standalone service with a 50GB download limit and shaping to 64Kbps once you exceed that, or $109.95 a month with a 200GB download limit and 256Kbps shaping. If you have other services with Telstra, the price drops. (The equivalent Elite plans are $10 a month cheaper.)

Details of the plan are online, but you have to contact Telstra by phone to find out if your area is covered and to sign up.



  • I’ve had Ultimate cable since September last year, and it has been on sale (and discussed extensively on forums such as Whirlpool) for months longer than that.

    Actual real-world performance varies substantially and I have hit 100Mbps rarely but generally it’ll sit around 50Mbps.

  • I love how they, and any Australian ISP really, can justify speed throttling a 100Mbps connection to 64 Kbps. So much for their ‘blazing fast speed’ and ‘broadband’ connection. At that throttled speed, your connection is pretty much useless unless you’re just getting email.

  • I’m in Melbourne and tried to get Ultimate cable last year. After much stuffing around and getting no-where, I gave up.

    Now this year, for my troubles, I get an upgrade to the new 200Gb Bundle, FREE, (which is good), BUT still NO Ultimate Cable, and no-one contacting me to tell me otherwise (I was sitting here like a fool, waiting for the new Cisco Modem to arrive, as I was told it would).

    And I also get my SILENT NUMBER PUBLISHED in the White Pages!

    One more stuffup Telstra, and I’m cancelling ALL my services and going back to ADSL! I’ve had enough!

  • I have been complaining to Telstra, took a day off and no one showed up. I have been on the phone with them for over 2 hours today. I call lasted 135 minutes. Shame Telstra

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