Ihug brings Satnet down to $39.95 monthly

Only days after announcing reduced prices for its Satnet high-speed wireless service, Ihug has unveiled an even cheaper option - and this time specified the cost to customers of Satnet hardware. Noting that 'in the land of Internet access things can change on a daily basis and often do,' Ihug director Tim Wood announced the new pricing in a statement yesterday.

Only days after announcing reduced prices for its Satnet high-speed wireless service, Ihug has unveiled an even cheaper option - and this time specified the cost to customers of Satnet hardware.

Noting that "in the land of Internet access things can change on a daily basis and often do," Ihug director Tim Wood issued a statement yesterday saying that "with the dial up access market in the grip of various price spirals, Ihug intends to side step the issue of basic dial up access, by bringing to market a much more compelling offer - high speed home access from only $39.95 per month."

Like the new pricing steps announced late last week by Ihug, the $39.95 Satnet service comes with a cap on data volume - in this case 200Mb a month - after which additional traffic is charged at 10 cents a megabyte.

The key to the new announcement appears to be a decision on what card will be used, along with the Satnet dish, in the revamped service. Ihug has been considering about half a dozen different products. Wood says the card chosen will provide up to 6Mbit/s into the home.

Ihug will be charging customers $399 for the hardware, but the price drops to $299 if a 12 month contract is taken up. There is also a $99 install fee.

"Satnet has been held back in the past with its high cost of hardware, (but) the new pricing brings it squarely into the home user market," Wood says.

The statement also details plans for multicast streaming media services, "running at a constant 400kbit/s" and offering "near normal TV quality" frame rates of up to 25fps - but makes no mention of the already announced Ihug Digital TV service.

The service is set to roll out in Auckland first, with the other city centres following over the next few months. Full pricing information is on the Ihug site at http://www.ihug.co.nz/satnet

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