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.