Australia's NBN Co. will serve up 1 Gig wholesale service by December

NBN Co., the Australian government-backed company rolling out the country's National Broadband Network, will offer a 1 Gbps wholesale service to competitive service providers beginning this December.

Under the new plan, ISPs will be able to purchase three speed tiers: 250/100 Mbps for AUD 70 (USD 72); 500/200 Mbps for AUD 100 (USD 103), and a 1 Gbps/400 Mbps for AUD 150 (USD 154) per month.

Service providers that purchase these plans will be able to build their own retail products to deliver service to both residential and business customers. Any existing customer won't be required to purchase any new NBN equipment to get access to the new products.

Despite facing ongoing criticism from Australia's Coalition party, which recently proposed an alternative hybrid copper/fiber-based fiber to the node (FTTN) plan for the NBN, John Simon, NBN Co's head of product and sales, said that a growing number of users on the fiber network are taking the higher speeds

"A third of fibre users already subscribe to the fastest speeds available," said Simon in a release. "They're also downloading around 50 per cent more data than the average Australian broadband connection each month and uploading an average of 14GB per month."

In related news, NBN Co. installed the first local fiber cable in Prospect as part the NBN rollout in Adelaide, South Australia. Network construction to 15,000 homes and businesses in Prospect has begun, with the first stage set to be completed by the end of this year.

In addition to connecting parts of Prospect, NBN Co. said work is under planning or construction in 11 suburbs: Aldinga, Gawler, McLaren Vale, Modbury, Port Augusta, Port Elliot, Seaford, Stirling, Strathalbyn, Walkerville and Yankalilla. It is aiming for construction in these suburbs to be completed next year.

For more:
- see the 1 Gig release
- see the Adelaide release

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