Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) company has announced that it is aiming to help retail service providers (RSPs) save on their monthly wholesale pricing under a new spend cap for some business-grade services. Starting on October 1, NBN will institute a cap on spending across high-bandwidth business products -- its Traffic Class 2 wholesale product offered over its fibre-to-the-premises (FttP), fibre-to-the-node (FttN), and fibre-to-the-building (FttB) networks -- with the pricing based on the amount of bandwidth purchased by RSPs each month. "The new pricing model has been developed to help retail service providers package up plans targeted at medium and enterprise businesses, those with between 20 and 200-plus employees, which represent around 11.7 percent of Australia's total business market," NBN said on Wednesday. "Designed to support both high download and upload speeds, the products will enable business-grade applications such as multi-line voice, high-definition video conferencing, and online backup, which help businesses increase productivity, lower costs, and improve customer service." According to NBN, it undertook industry consultation prior to announcing the spend cap, which will replace the NBN Business Ethernet (NBE) product originally expected to launch by the end of 2017.
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