One giant leap for mankind….
It’s not quite a lunar landing, but I’m having my own Neil Armstrong moment in Kiama today. I’m taking my own first small steps onto a new landscape as we prepare to launch new bundles and Telstra’s first services to paying customers on the NBN tomorrow.
The new bundles recognise that many homes today have a range of new internet-enabled devices such as the T-Box®, T-Hub®, smart phones and tablets that open a world of movies to download, videos to watch and sophisticated websites with on-demand content that perform best with greater speed and data allowances.
With the new bundles people can use their devices with confidence, knowing they have data allowances that meet their needs.
It’s not exactly the “Sea of Tranquillity” here – there’s a cast of local media with film crews, curious Kiama residents, Telstra technicians, and staff buzzing around the Telstra Fibre Experience Centre which will open in the Johnson Street car park later this week. The place is humming.
The Fibre Experience Centre will travel the country to provide people in the heart of NBN rollout locations a hands-on experience of Telstra services on the NBN – because many people told us they needed to see it in action, to see how it works for themselves.
It’s a beautiful sight – after taking the time to get our staff, systems and processes ready, we’re set to welcome our first customers in five locations on the mainland and NBN-enabled new estates to Telstra services on the NBN.
The early number of potential customers in the first round of mainland sites released by NBN Co is relatively small at around 13,000 households, and in the hundreds in new estates. This special group of high-speed pioneers will give us a fair taste of what Australians from a range of lifestyles and approaches to life will be looking for from the new superfast network and our services.
There’ll be a celebratory scene at all five NBN mainland first releases sites over the next 24 hours – Kiama; Armidale; in Aitkenvale and Minnamurra in Townsville; Willunga in South Australia and in Melbourne’s inner city suburb of Brunswick. And no doubt a few celebrations in call centres, back offices, technician’s depots and across Telstra for those that have been involved in getting to this milestone.
Today we introduced our consumer offerings on the NBN that include the new T- Bundles with generous data allowances and provide a taste of things to come as we roll out new services in the future. Tomorrow we open the doors for business.
It is an exciting start to a new era in telecommunications.
See media release: Telstra releases new bundle pricing
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