The National Broadband Network will increase data allowances on its Sky Muster satellite services for regional and remote Australians to keep up with spiking demand.
NBN Co is providing an extra 45GB a month for internet service providers’ standard Sky Muster services, allowing some to almost double their download limits. The free boost will start at the end of March and will be in place for up to three months.
The company will also introduce a permanent boost for users of the more generous Sky Muster Plus services. From April 1, almost all internet traffic on those plans will be unmetered, including social media and online phone and video calls. However, video streaming and traffic via a VPN will still be metered.
“NBN will continue to closely monitor data usage together with internet retailers, and will seek to implement any additional measures required where available including monitoring of the peak times, to support customers during these uncertain times,” said the company’s chief development officer of rural and regional, Gavin Williams.
Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said the extra data would help regional and remote communities stay connected during the crisis.