Australian ISP Internode has slashed the prices of its Ultra SHDSL broadband plans. The price of the company’s top plan for business customers, the Ultra Direct 4 Mbps Unlimited, has fallen from $2450 to $1200 per month.
The price cut comes on the back of a reduction of costs from Optus wholesale provider XYZed. A wholly owned independent subsidiary of Optus, XYZed is an Australian wholesaler of business DSL services.
"Whether it's for an Internet connection or a private IP network like Internode Business Connect, we're finding SHDSL addresses the gap in both price and upload speed between ADSL2+ and Ethernet technologies," said Jim Kellett, Product Manager, Internode. "It's proven to be one of our best-selling corporate access products."
Symmetrical digital subscriber loop (SHDSL) technology supports faster data transmission over copper telephone lines than a conventional modem and is targeted at higher-end medium businesses.
Because SHDSL is a symmetric broadband service, the upload speeds and download speeds do not interfere with each other. Although the download speeds are slower in comparison to many ADSL2+ services, uploads speeds are up to 10 times faster.
Symmetric broadband will be more readily available through Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), although business users will still pay a premium cost to access faster speeds with this service.