nbn offers more data with Sky Muster Plus satellite service

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The nbn Sky Muster Plus service now includes more data than ever before with major changes set to benefit households and small business across Australia.

As of 1 July 2022, people connected to a nbn Sky Muster Plus satellite service can access Virtual Private Networks (VPN) and video streaming for 16 hours a day – between 12am (midnight) and 4pm1- without it counting toward their monthly data allowance. Previously all VPN and video streaming counted towards a person’s monthly data allowance, regardless of the time of day.

This means between the hours of 4pm and 12am midnight, only video streaming and VPN use will count towards a user’s monthly data allowance.

All other activities like online shopping, emails, and internet banking, audio streaming, video calling, and Wi-Fi calling will not to count towards a user’s monthly data allowance for the full 24 hours a day.

This is a major improvement for customers and responds to their calls for more data. The improvements will also come at no extra wholesale cost.

nbn Chief Development Officer, Regional and Remote Gavin Williams said: “Access to fast and reliable broadband plays a vital role in the lives of people across Australia and broadband demand has continued to grow.

“The introduction of more daytime use of VPN and video streaming data on the nbn Sky Muster Plus satellite service is a game changer. It will mean people have more flexibility to work from home, access sites such as YouTube that support remote learning or enjoy their favourite TV shows.

“These changes make managing data simpler and give customers freedom and peace of mind to do more with their data.

“As Australia’s digital backbone, nbn is always working to meet customer needs. The changes follow extensive consultation with customers, communities, and stakeholders, who all said they wanted more data.

“We will continue to listen to customers and stakeholders and evolve our service as their needs change”.

Kristy Sparrow, Co-Founder of Better Internet for Regional Rural and Remote Australian said: “It has never been more important for Australians, no matter where they live or work, to be connected.

“The changes will allow nbn Sky Muster Plus users to have more flexibility to use their satellite connection during the daytime, with fewer data constraints.

“This will help transform regional users’ ability to access connectivity that meets their needs and keeps up with current data demands.

“BIRRR has advocated very strongly for nbn Sky Muster Plus satellite plans to be enhanced and we are pleased that this advocacy has resulted in better plans for small business, health and education in the bush.”

New customers and existing nbn Sky Muster customers can enquire about upgrading to a nbn Sky Muster Plus satellite service by calling a preferred internet service provider that provides nbn Sky Muster Plus. For existing nbn Sky Muster Plus users, the changes will automatically be applied.

nbn Sky Muster and nbn Sky Muster Plus satellite equipment is professionally installed and maintained. nbn does not charge internet service providers for an initial standard installation or the standard satellite equipment.

The first nbn Sky Muster satellite was launched in 2015. The nbn Sky Muster Plus satellite service launched in 2019.

With the introduction of the changes, nbn has also introduced three tips to help people to get more out of their nbn Sky Muster Plus satellite service.

Check if nbn Sky Muster is right for you – The nbn Sky Muster satellite service covers regional and remote areas in mainland Australia and Tasmania, and remote islands and is a great option for homes and small businesses.4 Check in with services like the Regional Tech Hub and with your preferred retail provider to see if it will meet your needs.

Choose the right plan– nbn Sky Muster Plus is available through a range of retail service providers who can offer you a range of plans with monthly data allowances for video streaming and VPN use between 4pm and 12pm midnight, to suit your needs. Check the nbn website to find a retail provider that suits you.

Data smarter – To help get even more from your monthly data allowance, you can do things like download your favourite TV shows and movies before 4pm to watch them later, adjusting play back settings on video streaming services and turning off auto play settings for websites that have embedded streaming content when using them between 4pm and 12am midnight.

The Australian Government is providing $480 million towards the nbn Fixed Wireless and Satellite Upgrade Program.