Hot on the heels of the Commerce Commission’s recommendation that Telecom’s phone and data network be opened up to further competition, the telco has dropped the price of its full-rate JetStream internet connections.
However, the announcement is unlikely to be related to the local loop unbundling report, released on Thursday by telco commissioner Douglas Webb. That report recommends the government regulate to compel Telecom to open up the “last mile” of its network – the portion between exchanges and subscribers – to competitors. The report is a draft only, before a final recommendation is made to the government by December 20.
The JetStream changes, which take effect on Monday, were signalled a month ago. They include a $10 a month price decrease for full-rate JetStream connections, and long-winded new names. The Home 500 plan is now called Xtra JetStream Home 500 Full Speed, and costs $59 a month, and Home 1000 becomes Xtra JetStream Home 1000 Full Speed, and will cost $79 a month.
New services are also being introduced capped at 256kbit/s, starting at $49.95 a month.
The company is also introducing do-it-yourself connection kits, including modem and phone line filters, and plans to launch a broadband content channel with news, sport, business, entertainment, music and games.
The company has spent more than $500,000 developing a Windows Media player and encoding system and upgrading its gaming servers for the arrival of the broadband channel, it says in a statement.