Telecom's new business broadband plans, announced this week, are very competitive, according to Computerworld's calculations.
Comparison of the cost per Gigabyte show the plans come in cheaper than those from arch-rival Vodafone and others.
Telecom's three business broadband plans cost between $3.55 per GB, for its Starter plan, and $1.83 per GB, for its Advanced plan. Excluding the entry level 1Gb plan, Vodafone business broadband costs between $7.12, with a 5GB cap, and $2.66 per GB for the top 30GB data cap plan.
Telecom's top business plan now offers a data cap of 60GB, twice as much as Vodafone's.
All prices are exclusive of GST and the cost of a phone line.
However, Vodafone spokesman Paul Brislen, while conceding Telecom's business broadband plans are cheaper if you stay within your data caps, points out that Vodafone's excess data charges are considerably cheaper than Telecom's.
Vodafone charges $1.78 per GB excess, while Telecom charges between $2.67 on its top business plan and $4.44 on its Starter plan.
He also says Telecom is still behind Vodafone with its consumer pricing.
Comparisons with Orcon's business plans are more difficult as these sometimes include the cost of the line and other add-ons.
Orcon's Gold plan is $114.95 a month, including a line. Assuming the cost of a line is comparable to Vodafone's and Telecom's at $42.50, the broadband component is $72.45 with a 10GB data cap. that makes Orcon's cost per GB $7.25.
Using the same methodology, Orcon's Platinum plan ($144.95 per month including line), works out at $2.04 per GB.
Orcon's Duncan Blair says the landline provided as part of these plans is not a vanilla, entry-level offering, but includes message services and other features. Orcon also backs its business plans with a dedicated business support line, he says.
Telecom's plans (these will be updated on the 6th)