Telstra Bigpond’s Next G Network
Next G is the mobile broadband network developed by Telstra and offered to eligible Australian mobile broadband subscribers. Next G is a mobile broadband service that lets you connect to the internet wherever you are in Australia. NextG is the largest mobile network in Australia and with over 2 million square kilometres in range of the Next G network it provides a larger coverage than any other 3G broadband provider in the country. Bigpond boasts the Next G network covers 99% of the Australian population.
The NextG network was built to replace Telstra’s earlier CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) mobile network that operated from 1999 until 2004 when CDMA was replaced by a GSM network that provided greater coverage at less cost. Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Stephen Conroy gave permission for Telstra to turn off its CDMA network after April 28 2008 and Telstra’s CDMA network was closed nationally at midnight on April 29 2008.
Next G download speeds
As with most mobile broadband services, download speeds on the NextG network will depend on your location, network congestion and geographical interference. In metropolitan centres theoretical Next G speeds reach up to 3000kbps.
Telstra Bigpond’s most recent mobile broadband upgrade, the HSUPA network, offers speeds up to 5760kbps in metropolitan centres. Actual speeds receive will depend of availability and network coverage in different areas.
How much does a Bigpond Next G mobile broadband plan cost?
A 200MB mobile broadband plan on Telstra’s Next G network is only $29.95 a month on a 12 month plan. A 25 cent per MB excess usage fee applies on this plan.
For $59.95 a month on a 12 month contract you can sign up to a Bigpond 1 GB plan. On this plan a 25c per MB excess usage fee also applies.
For $89.95 per month on a 12 month contract you can sign up for a Bigpond Liberty 5GB mobile broadband plan with no excess usage fees.
For a huge 10GB Bigpond Liberty 10GB mobile broadband plan you will pay $129.95 with no excess usage fees.
You are free to move to a higher or lower plan for free on Bigpond Mobile Broadband Plans and there is also 24/7 technical support for all its Next G network subscribers.
What modem will I need?
Telstra Bigpond offer two types of USB mobile broadband modems, the 21 USB Mobile Card and the 7.2 USB Mobile card.
The 21 USB Mobile card Offers download speeds between 512 and 8000kbps depending on the plan you subscribe to and the coverage in your area.
The 7.2 USB Mobile card also connects to a USB port in your computer and is suitable for both laptops and PC’s to browse the internet at speeds between 512 and 3000kbps. The 7.2 USB Mobile Card also offer an optional antenna to give you greater coverage in more area.
If you are unsure whether a Telstra Bigpond Next G mobile broadband plan is right for you, you can compare mobile broadband plans form Australian providers at Compare Broadband.