Price good, cap bad

Hamish Fletcher at NZ Herald reports:

Orcon has beaten its competitors with the announcement of ultra-fast broadband prices, but there is still no word on what content packages will be available to entice consumers to sign up.

Chief executive Scott Bartlett revealed Orcon’s fibre plans yesterday and said the entry-level option of $75 per month for residential customers was on par with what the company charges now.

This plan, which includes phone services, comes with download speeds of 30 megabits per second, upload speeds of 10 megabits per second and a data allowance of 30 gigabytes per month.

That’s not a bad price for a fibre connection. But the data cap limit is laughable. I have twice that with my copper connection.

30 Mb/s is 3.75 MB/s. That is 225 MB per minute. That is 13.5 GB per hour. So the monthly data cap of 30 GB will last two hours and 13 minutes at 30 MB/s.

Data caps should be in TB, not GB.

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