Auckland ISP Maxnet reckons it's first out of the blocks with a range of full-rate DSL broadband plans, says the provider's managing director Brett Herkt.
Herkt says that the new plans are competitive despite Telecom charging wholesalers a higher price than it charges Xtra for retail service. However, Maxnet was not able to create a Commercial Unbundled Bitstream Service (CUBS) offering that would match Telecom's retail Go Large plan — the so-called "unlimited" plan.
Instead, Maxnet chose to go with Telecom's Wholesale Broadband Service (WBS) for its Dash WBS/128-Mega plan, that features "managed" bandwidth. This means that in theory, users have an unlimited amount of data, but in practice, they are capped during peak hours to 700MB maximum.
As wholesale ISPs are subject to a 50¢ per gigabyte backhaul excess charge on data volumes over 4GB, Herkt says it was impossible to use CUBS for Maxnet's managed plan offering.
Maxnet is targetting the business market more than residential users, Herkt says. Only a quarter of customers are residential users, according to Herkt, which means Maxnet's customers don't go through as much data as those of other ISPs.
Asked about the possibility of increased network congestion brought on by the full-speed plans, Herkt says that Telecom has increased the committed information rate (CIR) on DSL from 24kbit/s to 30kbit/s. This represents a quarter increase in capacity, and will help network performance Herkt adds.
|Plan name||Download/Upload speed||Data cap||Monthly charge||Excess usage charge|
|Dash MX/128-10GB||FS/128kbps||10GB||$53.95||$10 per 2GB|
|Dash MX/MX-15GB||FS/FS||15GB||$79.95||$10 per 2GB|
|Dash MX/MX-30GB||FS/FS||30GB||$99.95||$10 per 2GB|
|Dash MX/MX-50GB||FS/FS||50GB||$149.95||$10 per 2GB|